Book Review: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

July 20, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★½

Book Review: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi KirbyTitle: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Published by: HarperTeen on April 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
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three-half-stars

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Such a touching and emotional read.

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

This was my first book by Kirby and I really liked it. Everyone deals with loss in different ways and there’s no absolute way to do it. For Quinn, she coped with the loss of Trent by needing to know where his organs were now and how they helped those lives he saved. I can definitely see it as possibly something I might even do in that situation, so I related to her very easily. Emotional books aren’t exactly the best for me since I’m not a very emotional person, and I liked that this wasn’t too somber or emotional. While reading it I thought I felt enough of what Kirby was trying to get me to feel, if that makes any sense, so I felt good when I was done reading it. This was one of those self-discovery books where Quinn is learning how to move on with her life and I liked the twist that who she moves on with just happens to have her dead boyfriend’s heart.

The romance between Quinn and Colton was excellent, especially at the beginning and towards the end. The way they met was cute and I adored Colton for chasing after Quinn the way that he did. The way things started out was exactly the kind of thing I was looking for in a romance lately and even though as it progressed I liked it slightly less, as a whole, I appreciated it. Despite Quinn keeping such a big secret from Colton, their romance was so genuine and sweet. Colton brought Quinn out of her depressed shell and helped her learn to love life again. He was definitely a sweet guy and he touched me a lot with the things he said and did. I loved watching them fall in love and when the truth comes out, ugh, so many emotions.

I liked that Kirby tackled both aspects of this kind of situation, gaining and losing a life, and she took it a step further. She easily mixed in a lot of elements that kept me engaged and everything flowed seamlessly. There were definitely things that I would’ve preferred and others I wanted more of, but for the most part, this book was a winner for me. I’m definitely interested in checking out some of her other books now.

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