Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby (ARC)

17571215Title: Things We Know by Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: April 21st 2015 by HarperTeen
Rating:★★★★★
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Synopsis

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 never read Jessi Kirby’s previous books, nor heard of her before I came across this title in Edelweiss. I browsed the title and I was captivated by the blurb.

I was on a reading slump when I picked up this title and I am very glad I did because I read it in less than a day. I was in awe of how incredible Kirby’s style of writing is. I vowed to read her other books. The book is incredibly honest and heartfelt. I was very much attracted by the start and it’s caliber never faded throughout the end. I just fell in love with this book from the start.

“I feel guilty for knowing a part of his life that he doesn’t realize I do…”

Quinn’s character is very easy to love and empathize with. It speaks of loss, longing and grief. Her character just made its way into my heart immediately. I felt so connected to her.

I have to say I fell in love with Colton’s character from the first time he appeared in the book. His character is just so adorable, sweet and ideal. He gripped my heart so tight. His chemistry with Quinn is spot on and very real.

“You can’t be sorry for something you had no control over.”

Another thing I loved from this book is that the chemistry wasn’t banked on insta-love. I saw it grow between them, which is really great because it felt like I’m seeing them fall in love in my own eyes.

I love how this book speaks of grief but at the same time it showcases how one can find him/herself in dark times and come back stronger and a million times better because of the power of love. Cheesy as it may sound, but it’s true isn’t it?

“That was a pretty dark time of my life and you… You’re like light, after all that.”

I think I’m one of the few early readers of this novel and I am very much excited to share the wonders of this book. I’ve seen some reviews of this book and we, very much, agree that this book is well-written and we cannot wait for its release!

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