Release Date: April 21st 2015
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, 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.
THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART was sweet, heartbreaking, and humorous all at the same time. Most of all though, it was uplifting. It made me feel so many different emotions and the takeaway was perfect.
One of my favorite things about this book was the importance placed on familial relationships. I absolutely love when this happens because the focus is usually on a romantic relationship instead. While this book did revolve around a romance (a great one, at that) so much depends on the characters’ connections with their families.
Each and every character is given their own personality and traits, adding depth to the story as a whole. Although a majority of the development goes toward Quinn and Colton, the secondary characters play an important role because they affect the main characters.
While I rooted for the couple in this book and enjoyed their interactions with each other, I did have a small problem with the development of their relationship, or lack thereof. They seem to skip the friendly strangers stage and go right into the love interest stage. This is somewhat understandable because of the plot but going right into the romance was a small issue of mine.
THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART is a solid Young Adult contemporary, it introduces some elements new to the genre and includes others that I love to see in any book. Definitely recommended.