Things We Know by Heart
Releasing: 21st April, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: Young Adult
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.
What I liked: The writing made it a soft, easy and enjoyable read that made for a enjoyable romance book that was fluffy and sweet. While I couldn’t completely connect with Quinn and her reasoning to do what she did to find Colton, I did understand why she would do something like that. I love the way Quinn interacted and showed how close she was with her family, but her grandmother was likely my favorite character in the whole book because of her personality and her scenes in the book. They were entertaining and funny! Colton’s sister was also a great character in while little page presence she had, it was easy to see how much she cared for her brother and how much she was willing to do to make sure he was safe. I also think the cover style is really neat, it was one of the things that made me curious about the book. It’s a cover of hearts, from real looking to the cartoonish version, and it after reading the book it made a lot of sense for the story, so that was actually pretty cool.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t buy into the whole romance aspect since they seemed too drawn to each other way too quickly. Also, I find it really weird that Colton went to her house without invitation or prior knowledge of where she lived and didn’t know her. It was…a little weird. I also knew right about when everything would fall apart for the couple, because it seemed too easy for them with the way everything was going for them, so it was a little predictable.
Overall Review: A light and fast read that made for an entertaining story Things We Know By Heart is a story of learning to move on a little at a time, and that letting go of someone you love isn’t always a horrible thing to do. No matter how much you love them. It’s heartfelt, and the writing was great and the entire story kept me entertained. I really enjoyed the story that this book told.
Recommend?: Yes! It’s a light read that, while I though it had some issues, was really good.
My Rating: 4.1/5
About the Author
Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day.