Things We Know By Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Oh my gosh, you guys I have so many feels right now. This book was sooooo good!!! I need to read Golden
and all of Jessi Kirby’s other books immediately. I found the subject of this book fascinating. The main character’s boyfriend died in a tragic accident. He was an organ donor and Quinn has been contacting all the recipients as a way to bring herself closure. I had no idea that you could really do this, write letters to the recipients and actually talk to them if they choose to write back. I think that this is really an awesome way to remember the person you lost, to see the good that came from them losing their life.
One of the things I loved about this book was the chapter headers. At the beginning of every chapter there were cool quotes about the heart and some really interesting medical facts. I loved reading all these little tidbits and thought it added a lot to the story.
The characters were amazing. I completely fell in love with every single one of them. Quinn was hurting so bad. I loved that over a year later, she was still grieving the loss of her boyfriend, Trent. I hate when characters seem to get over things too quickly in books, but her grief was raw and real. I loved watching her slowly start to heal as she embarks on her journey to find the boy who has Trent’s heart. Quinn is so unsure of herself at first. So quiet, so withdrawn. But we slowly get to see her come out of her shell and start to heal. It was truly beautiful.
And then there’s Colton. Colton has so many different layers to him. At first you think that he’s just this bright, sunshiny guy who’s full of smiles and cheers. But the reality is that Colton is angry. He’s angry that he had to go through what he went through. Mad that he has to take pills for the rest of his life. He desperately wants to live a normal life, but guilt eats away at him. The fact that someone else had to die so he could live. Peeling back all these layers was so rewarding because we finally get to see the real Colton. We get to see Colton heal with Quinn. They heal each other.
I also really enjoyed Quinn’s family. Her mom and dad, her sister and her Grandma. They all care so much about her and want her to be happy. But they are also patient and understanding. They push her just enough to get back out there. It’s never too much, but they also know when she needs that little extra push.
The whole time reading you’re sitting there, knowing that this is going to crash and burn since Colton has no idea who Quinn is, but you’re praying that it doesn’t. That somehow it’s okay. Because you love them together so much and you just want these two people who were dealt a shit hand in life to be happy.
I can’t really say anymore. Just that I loved this book. It was emotional and hopeful, full of well-fleshed out characters that you will fall in love with. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a contemporary in between fluffy and heavy. It’s not all fluff, but it’s also not super heavy. Read it and let these characters steal your heart.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Did the characters steal your heart as well?