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Review: Things We Know By Heart

Good evening, I hope you’ve all been having a terrific Thursday! It’s been a little while since my last post, which I am really, really sorry about, but school is starting for me next week and it’s been hectic trying to get everything prepared.
But today I’m back with a review for the third book that I read for #TheReadingQuest, which applied to the prompt of reading a book with a red cover.
I have added another 10XP to my existing 30XP by completing this book, putting me at a total of 40XP! Only 10 more points to go until I reach Level 2!

The book is 304 pages, earning me 30HP to add to my existing 84HP, which means I now have a total of 114HP!

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Young Adult – Contempory, Romance
Pages: 304
Publication Date: April 2015
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2017

Goodreads 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.

Things We Know By Heart was quick, cute and unique! It was an interesting and original idea with a gripping writing style and awesome characters. It took place during the summer and most of the book was set at a beach, so it had a wonderful summery feel, which was just what I needed!
Although the main idea of Quinn finding Colton, who had received her dead boyfriend’s heart, and then falling in love with him wasn’t necessarily the most realistic plot in the world, the rest of the story was pretty realistic.

Quinn was driving me absolutely insane because she kept putting off telling the truth to Colton. It was so obvious that the longer she waited, the worse the outcome would be. If she had told him closer to the beginning of the book, so much difficulty and pain could have been avoided. I really wanted to just slap some sense into that girl! However, as infuriating and irritating it could be, the way that Quinn acted in the situation was mire realistic that it would have been if she had told him the truth earlier. Her reasoning, although it annoying, was understandable.
I loved Colton, but there were a few things abut him that annoyed me. He was sweet, caring, charming, and loving, and it was really sweet how he helped Quinn out at the beginning of the book when she was such a mess. On the other hand, Quinn very clearly wanted to get away from him – in fact, she was in such a rush to do so that she got a in car accident – but he sort of pushed himself upon her. I get that he just wanted to help, but I think that Quinn made it clear that she didn’t want his help (even though she needed it). What was even worse was when Quinn said goodbye to Colton, again making it clear that she was done with him, and he decided to contact the hospital, get her address, and show up at her house. I felt like he was crossing the line at that point and needed to back off a bit.
I really liked the romance between the two of them as it felt quite natural and really grew in the short time that they knew each other. They began as friends with really great chemistry, but their relationship soon turned into something much more.

I loved the side characters in the story!
Quinn’s sister, Ryan, was so caring and supportive of Quinn, and she was always there with great advice when Quinn needed her. I’ve always wanted a sibling like her!
Quinn’s randmother was an awesome character as well, who added some humour and spunk, and offered more awesome support and advice to Quinn.
I also really liked Quinn’s father, and I particularly enjoyed the breakfast scene with the two of them. They had such an awesome relationship that I am a little jealous of if I am to be perfectly honest.

Unfortunately, I did find the plot of the story to be a little bit too predictable.
SPOILER ALERT: It was clear that she would continue putting off telling Colton the truth herself until something happened that would sort of force her to do so, which would hurt Colton and break them apart temporarily. I also very easily predicted that Colton would get sick again, and that would bring them back together.
The book was still very enjoyable, but it wasn’t at all difficult to see what was coming.
I found that the end of the story became a little rushed, it I felt that it was cut too short.
SPOILER ALERT: The truth about how Quinn and Colton were connected didn’t come out until pretty close to the ending of the book, and I felt that from that point on, everything was moving at a pretty high speed. Colton was angry with her, and then a mere few pages later he was in the hospital and they made up, and then the book ended a little abruptly.
However, I find that this is an issue that I have with a lot of contemporaries I read, so it might just be me and my love for an epilogue or longer ending.

I enjoyed Jessi Kirby’s writing style quite a lot! It had a very good flow, and a nice pacing until the last section of the book which was a bit rushed, plus the dialogue felt realistic.

I also really liked how the author added little quotes and stuff at the top of each chapter. They each fit the corresponding chapters extremely well and added that extra something to the book as a whole. I’ve always loved having quotes at the beginning of chapters, and if I were to ever write a book, I would most definitely do that. I really wish that more authors would, it adds so much to the story and makes the entire reading experience extra enjoyable!

I absolutely adore this book’s cover! At a glace, it looks pretty simple. When I was looking at it online at Book Outlet, it appeared as tough it was a solid colour background with the text overtop. It wasn’t until he order came I and I saw it ij person that I realized just how complex the cover really is! The background is made up of a whole bunch of little images – drawings of human hearts on the left that slowly morph into heart shapes on the right! I think that it is a brilliant idea and it fits the story perfectly since it shows the transition of a heart representing love to the human heart that Trent donated to Colton. This has become one of my favourite book covers ever, it’s just so beautiful and fitting to the story!

Jessi Kirby is an author that I had never heard of until I found this book, so I’m super excited to read more of her books. I’ve heard absolutely amazing things about Golden, so I will hopefully be able to pick that one up sometime in the future.

Is Things We Know By Heart on your TBR?
Have you already read it? Did you enjoy it?
What do you think of the cover?
Let me know in the comments down below!
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