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April 21, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Jessi Kirby - Things We Know By HeartThings We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
April 21, 2015
Harper Teen
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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.

myreviewFirst sentence: “Four hundred days.”

I think I need a new heart. Not for the reason you think. (Yes, we are making heart puns.)

Many people, after reading this, may need a new one because they found this book absolutely heartbreaking and beautiful, but me? I need a new heart to feel what everybody is feeling because I just don’t get it.

Things We Know By Heart follows Quinn Sullivan whose life has essentially stopped when her boyfriend dies in an accident in their junior year, and attempts to move on by reaching out to the recipients of her boyfriend’s donated organs. However, the person with the only organ that matters to her, the heart, has not answered any of her letters, so she sets off to find him even though she knows she shouldn’t. When she does, she finds herself drawn to him and begins falling for him. With certain stakes on the line, will everything be okay?

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