ARC Review – Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

17571215Title: The Things We Know By Heart

Author: Jessi Kirby

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

Huge thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for this ARC!

River’s Review:

Oh Jessi Kirby, how your books just worm into my heart and make me feel so warm. There is just something so perfect about her books, and they make me feel at home. I love her writing, I love her characters and I love the settings of her books.

When I first read the synopsis for this book I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I actually thought that a lot of the book was going to be about Quinn meeting the recipients of her boyfriend’s organs, but that was only a small part. This is largely a love story and a story about forgiving yourself, living life and moving forward. Quinn makes A LOT of mistakes but her heart is in the right place.

I loved the message about living your life and getting out there and doing what you love. I think that’s one of the best part of Jessi Kirby’s books… that they always leave me feeling inspired.

Now what am I going to do until she writes another book?!

If you love contemporary, Kirby’s prior books, or Sarah Dessen then you need to pick this up and read it ASAP!

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