Things We Know By Heart – Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By HeartTitle: Things We Know By Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Published: Harper Teen, April 2015
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][]

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.

What would you do after something tragic happened?

Quinn Sullivan was in her junior year when her boyfriend was killed in an accident.  Although people around her had been encouraging her to move on, she didn’t make much of an attempt until she bumped into Colton Thomas, the recipient of the donated heart of her boyfriend.  Would Quinn finally step out of her sorrow and say yes to love?

Undoubtedly, Things We Know By Heart  has a fairly predictable plot.  But this didn’t stop me from wanting to get to know Quinn.  As you might have guessed, Quinn was very much withdrawn into her own little world when the story began.  She didn’t keep in touch with any of her friends.  She stayed at home most of the time and she refused to take down any pictures and gifts that her boyfriend had given her before he got killed.  She might seem fragile but she wasn’t exactly a complete mess.  I could feel her sadness but she didn’t come across as someone whiny.  She might have her moments of weakness but you could tell she wasn’t self-centered or aloof.

Interestingly, Colton’s character mirrored many facets of Quinn’s.  He was likeable, friendly and kind, and I particularly loved the way he introduced Quinn to many of his favorite sightseeing and picnic locations.  He seemed philosophical at times – but not in a nerdy kind of way – more like he was considerate and respectful.

From the start, the attraction between Quinn and Colton was mutual.  Instead of rushing into doing something just because they had the chemistry, I liked that they both chose to spend quality time getting to know each other.  And I hope you wouldn’t mind me sharing this, but I absolutely adored the scene when they first kissed – it was so sweet and romantic that I smiled ear-to-ear when I read it!

The thing that delighted me the most was the sibling supports that were present in the story.  Quinn’s sister Ryan was fun, strong and dependable, and Colton’s sister Shelby was caring and fiercely protective.  I liked that both of them were unafraid to do what was necessary to point out the truths when their siblings were reluctant to face their reality.  That just made me wish I had a big sister to guide and protect me in my life!

If you’re in the mood for something adorably romantic and thoughtful, you’d want to pick up a copy of Things We Know By Heart.  I had a great time enjoying the story and I hope you will too.


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