Written By: Jessi Kirby.
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: Although this was a great book, I am a tiny bit dissapointed. Actually, I guess I’m more shocked than disappointed. When I first picked up this book, I was sure that I would be balling by the second chapter. That never happened. Usually when I find a book dealing with sad subjects such as this, I go into it thinking it’s going to be a heartbreaker(no pun intended). There were some sad moments, but nothing really cry worthy. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me…Am I hardening up!? I don’t know, I hope not! Oh well. In the end, even though I didn’t cry my eyes out, it was still a great story that kept my attention from beginning to end.I don’t even know where to start with the characters. Usually I have a LOT to say about them (mostly bad, HAH!), but this time around, I’ve got nothing…Well, sometimes Colton was a little annoying with all of his cliche quotes he was throwing left and right, but other than that, I LOVED him! He was such a sweetie. He didn’t even know Quinn, and he took her in without a second thought even after she smashed into his van! Oh and one thing that made me mad about Quinn, was her timing. I just don’t get why she didn’t come right out and say what she needed to say. She kept it in all that time and just had to wait for the most awkward time to drop the bomb. Girl, you need to be more aware. And if this sounds bad I’m sorry, but it was a bit weird that she still had all of her Trent stuff hanging up, while she was making eyes at Colton. She should have listened to her sister, and taken it down when she said something about it. Then again, everyone deals with pain and sadness in their own way. As you can see(if you read this book), she gets there.A big theme in this book is moving on. Having gone through a couple deaths in the family myself, I hate when people use the whole “You’ll MOVE ON in time” or my favorite, “You’ll GET OVER IT”. WHAT!? Are you kidding me!? You NEVER get over someone’s death! You learn how to cope, but I don’t think you EVER get over it. I know a lot of people don’t mean it in that way, but it is very insensitive, and you should think before you speak! It really isn’t that hard to do! I don’t know how many times I read one of those two lines, or something close to it, in the book and just thought, PLEASE JUST STOP!
The fact it took most of the book (FOREVER), for Quinn to tell Colton the truth, REALLY annoyed me. I felt like I was going to go crazy, sitting there, screaming in my head, JUST SPIT IT OUT ALREADY!! I also would have liked to see a much longer fight between them, or see how they reacted with a longer time apart. I think all of the juice poured out in the last 3 or 4 chapters, and in my book, that’s a BIG no no!All in all, it was still a great read, and everyone should pick it up. I don’t think there are many YA books out there that deal with organ donations/transplants, and I think that it’s something that people should know more about. In my opinion, Things We Know By Heart, did a great job showing both sides of the donation of organs, and how it affects everyone involved. I gave Things We Know By Heart, 4 Stars.
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