Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Things We Know By Heart, by Jessi Kirby @JessiKirby

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby book cover and review
Things We Know by Heart is a heartwarming, well-written novel even though it follows a somewhat predictable path.

It has been over a year since Quinn's long time boyfriend (and neighbor) died in a horrible accident, and Quinn is still dealing with the loss. One of the things she has done is write to all of the people who received his organs which were donated when he died. All of them have responded -- except the one who received his heart.

So Quinn becomes obsessed checking dates and news stories on the internet and eventually figures out who has the heart. He, Colton, lives nearby and she decides to meet him. So they form a friendship, and it becomes even more. She never tells him why they happened to meet, and he never tells her he's had a heart transplant.

Every reader knows this is going to blow up in their faces eventually. Quinn has many perfect moments that she could have confessed, but she doesn't. And let's face it, if she did, there wouldn't be this book. I did say this is predictable, but it's teen drama. We're not talking about magical, paranormal surprises. It's a contemporary, and how can they not all be a bit predictable if they are realistic. So that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Especially when you take into consideration the writing and the characters, both of which Kirby does an excellent job creating. I love how Quinn's family is present and supportive. And how Colton's sister is so protective. The ocean setting and kayaking scenes added a lot to the story too. And you won't be disappointed by the ending.

Kirby is a great storyteller, and teens are going to really enjoy Things We Know by Heart.  I look forward to recommending it.

Published by HarperTeen, April 21, 2015
Copy obtained from Edelweiss
304 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. This title totally reminds me of the movie, Return to Me with Minnie Driver. I tried Kirby's books before and they were just okay, but I bet my teens would really like her. I'll put it on my order list for them.

  2. This one sounds good to me. Not mind-blowing, but like you said, an easy, quick read. I agree with Rummanah -- the premise sounds just like Return to Me.


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