on April 21, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, 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.
To be completely honest I didn’t think Things We Know by Heart sounded like something I would love. The topic just didn’t speak to me. I’ve loved Jessi Kirby’s other books so I thought I would give this one a shot too. I’m so, so thrilled that I did, because it was a fantastic, heart wrenching read.
I was pulled in so quickly by this book. The story starts over a year after Quinn’s boyfriend was tragically killed. Quinn’s grief felt incredibly realistic, but I never found it depressing. Probably because Colton quickly enters her life and he brought such light and happiness to the story (and to Quinn). Their feelings for each other blossom slowly. I was right there with Quinn feeling her guilt and hope. It was so easy to relate to everything she was feeling.
Things We Know by Heart kind of revolves on a lie…or a really big secret. It could have been easy to dislike Quinn because of the secret, or hold it against her, but Jessi Kirby handles her character so well. While Quinn got herself in such a tough situation, I couldn’t help but root for her and Colton’s happiness.
I guess you can tell that I really loved Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby. I’ll never question reading one of her books again. Definitely add this to your summer reads list or beach bag. It’s perfect for it!