Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ARC Review:Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 5 Stars

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 had no idea what to expect when I started Things We Know By Heart. I have to admit, the synopsis didn't really interest me all that much. I've read too many books lately that involve a girl losing her longtime boyfriend and having to deal with the aftermath of not having the boyfriend around anymore. But, when another blogger raved how good the book was, I decided to give it a chance. I'm so glad I did too! The book was so well written that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know more about Quinn and Colton. I even wanted to know about Trent.

Quinn hasn't had it easy. She lost her boyfriend to a horrible accident. Even though they were so young, the love they had for each other went far beyond their years. It was a lasting type of love. So you can imagine the pain that Quinn faced everyday since she lost Trent. Struggling to even make it out of the bed... It's absolutely heartbreaking. When Trent died, his heart was donated to a boy who desperately needed a new heart. Quinn had wrote him a letter so she could meet him but she never heard back from him. It wasn't until she dug real deep that she found a blog that Colton's sister kept up with, with his progress on his heart condition. When she finds out where he is located, she goes to seek him out. The day she meets him was anything but graceful. She decides a little too late that it was a mistake stalking him out and runs away from him; only to back up into a car. Resulting in Quinn needing stitches.

All Quinn knows is that it was a mistake meeting Colton and she decides to never see him again...
Easier said then done. Literally. The pull between Colton and Quinn is magical; they can't help but gravitate towards one another. Will Quinn ever let on that she already "knows" Colton? 

Man... I loved this book so much. It's also my very first book ever by Jessi Kirby. I have no idea why I've waited so long to read her stories. If they're anything like this one, I'm in for a bunch of book hangovers. Did I shed some tears while reading? Absolutely. They weren't just sad tears either, there were also tears of joy. I love seeing characters grow. I felt Quinn did just that. She's experienced pain beyond anything she should ever have to deal with. It may have taken her awhile but she was able to overcome that. It wasn't easy in a long shot but she did it.

Colton was one of the many things I loved about the story. He, as a character, is what makes me love reading so much.

Preorder Links:
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About the Author:
 Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day.

You can contact Jessi at

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