Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Published by HarperTeen on April 21, 2015

Summary: "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."  -- From Goodreads

This book knocked me on my butt.  I knew that this book was going to be difficult to read for many reasons, but I was surprised at how potent Quinn's grief was.  I could feel her pain, and how paralyzed she becomes because she is unable to deal with her emotions after losing her boyfriend.  She does call herself "an eighteen-year-old widow".

I love reading books by Jessi Kirby.  Her characters come to life on the page.  Overall, I really liked this book.  I really liked Colton and Quinn, and how they grew together.  They were imperfect people who fit together perfectly.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy for a fair and honest review.

   If you're looking for a movie similar to this book, check out Return to Me. It's lovely!

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