Published by HarperCollins on 4/21/15
Genres: Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Social Issues, 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.
I’ve waited a long time to write this review because, I didn’t know how to describe my love for this book. Honestly, when you read the premise, it sounds like a standard story with no real surprises – and it was. I mean, I knew basically how this book was going to go. Girl loses boyfriend, meets boy who got boyfriend’s heart, doesn’t tell him, falls in love with him, he finds out and is upset … yep, there aren’t any amazing twists or huge bombshells that I wasn’t expecting. Still, I ADORED this book and I still haven’t stopped thinking about it, four months after I read it. (Yes, I read this book at the end of December and I’m just reviewing it NOW – the fact that I can do that should prove, right there, that this is the type of book that sticks with you. I mentioned this books as one of my top ten reads of 2014 and it still deserves that status!)
What I loved:
- The feels. I connected to Quinn’s story immediately. Right from the beginning, we relived Quinn’s pain at losing the love of her life. This book had me crying right from the start, and I cried sporadically throughout. I just felt Quinn’s pain and her fears and her loss so strongly. This was an emotional book for me, and I loved it! Again, this is the type of book that I can’t even explain succinctly why I adored it so much – it really just came down to the emotions that it brought out in me and the way that they have stuck with me so completely!
- Quinn and Colton. I easily fell in love with Colton right along with Quinn. He was such a sweet guy – and full of life! Colton didn’t want his heart condition to ever stop him from living every moment. Sometimes this was a struggle for him, especially since there were plenty of people in his life who were afraid for him and wanted to hold him back, but he knew how precious life was and wanted to savor every moment. He taught Quinn how to live again, despite her pain. Quinn and Colton’s time together was sweet (and I loved the dates they went on – I could vividly imagine each spot they went to, and they were pretty much spots that I would consider ideal!). When things went wrong between Quinn and Colton (which they inevitably did), my heart broke for them!
- The heart. I really loved how each chapter started out with a different fact or quote about the heart. I thought that it just added a fun, whimsical element to the book and I really enjoyed them.
- No surprises. Like I said, this book isn’t the type of book that’s going to amaze you with its crazy plot twists. I knew, basically, what was going to happen, and it did. That didn’t really cut down on my enjoyment, though.
This book was a sweet, emotional read that has stuck with me. Honestly, writing this review right now makes me want to rush off to read the whole thing over again (and I never re-read). I now need to go read many more Jessi Kirby books. Like, all of them. I couldn’t possibly give this book anything less than 5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Jessi Kirby was born and raised in Mammoth Lakes, CA. She earned her BA in English Literature from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and went on to become a middle and high school English teacher. In addition to writing, Jessi works full time as a middle school librarian in Orange County, CA, where she lives with her husband and two children.