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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 in exchange for an honest review.
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.” –Plato
First off, you guys need to know that Things We Know by Heart will break your heart into a million shards, then tape the pieces back together (and possibly even staple the holes shut). And then the ending will… well, I’m not going to spoil you. Let’s just say my feels are all over the place.
So let me give you a few things you need to prepare for in this book…
#1: Tears. Jessi Kirby knows how to bring out the tears. There was just the right amount of angst mixed into the lovely romance, and you’re going to feel like the tears are just being forced out of you. In a good way!
#2: Flailing over the most adorable YA hero ever. You’ll forget about your crushes on Edward Cullen or Christian Grey after reading this one. Colton Thomas was cute, quirky, sweet, shy… Definitely my type of guy. He also had a really sensitive and caring side that not a lot of YA heroes like to show. So adorable.
“I realize now in this moment how much I love my gran, and how much I’ve missed my sister.”
#3: Amazing family ties. Quinn has such an awesome relationship with her family. She, her grandmother and her sister had amazing chemistry, and I loved their weird antics! Quinn’s mom and dad were such a sweet couple as well, and you can really feel everyone care for each other. Colton’s sister also shows how much she loves her brother, and she’s willing to sacrifice little things for him to be happy.
#4: A beautiful, deep romance. Holy crap, guys. I SHIP QUINN AND COLTON SO HARD AND I CAN’T STOP FANGIRLING OVER THEM. Enough said, people. Normally I wouldn’t want the MC to get together with another guy once her partner’s dead (not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis), but this book’s a total exception.
“I can feel the endless rhythms of light and dark, the tides and the winds. Life and death, and guilt and forgiveness. And love. Always love.”
#5: The elegant writing. Normally, I would hate those ala John Green type writing styles, but Jessi Kirby managed to mix it with a little bit more of casual writing as well, which was the perfect balance for me. It was both beautiful and easy to read.
#6: The ending. It isn’t a “whoa my brain exploded” kind of ending, but it was nice. Very nice. It kind of left me drifting on a peaceful, dreamy cloud.
Despite all that I loved about the book, I had two issues with the novel, which was the stalking and the pacing. At some points in the novel, both Quinn and Colton may have gone a little creepy and stalked each other. Both instances made me cringe, but I pushed myself to get past those, and eventually, I let them slide (mostly). Also, Quinn and Colton were attracted to each other way too quickly, which I guess could be justified because of the whole heart thing, but it could still be bothersome to a few people like me.
Overall, I still highly recommend Things We Know by Heart. Anyone looking for an emotional read with depth, close-knit families and an endearing romance will surely not want to pass this up. In other words, READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW.