Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen

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.

Perfect. Just wow.  I'm not sure what it was that made this book work so well for me, but I think it was a combination of things that just worked together to make a really brilliant and touching story.  I stayed up all night to read it and only got three hours sleep because of it.  Of course, that is my own fault, but it was worth it.

I loved both the main characters from the first moment I met them.  Quinn is a sympathetic character from the beginning.  This is a person who has lost her boyfriend that she's been with for years. Someone she connected with very deeply and held a genuinely deep love for.  She feels that if she can just talk to the person who received his donor heart, that it will somehow help her find peace after his death, which is something she sorely needs considering that she still counts the days for how long he has been dead.  Her heartbreak was so real and palpable, and I admired her for how devoted she was to his memory.

Then there was Colton, the nineteen year old boy who received her boyfriend's heart.  The moment he's introduced into the story, you can't help but fall in love with him.  This is a guy who is at one hand struggling not to feel guilty for receiving life that came from someone else's death, but also, he lives his new life to the fullest.  He takes nothing for granted and enjoys the world again in a way that he probably didn't before.  He was so likeable, joyful about simple beauties around him, and his beautiful personality has a deep affect on Quinn.

The story was simple but impactful, and I couldn't believe how quickly I flew through it.  The writing was gorgeous.  It was a heartfelt, deep and emotional book, and a beautiful love story. I cried more than once.  Get the book.

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