This summer I have a lot of contemporary YA books on my reading list--in part because I usually read fantasy and need a break and in part because so many of my writer friends have recommended these contemporaries, and they know what's up!
So for the first contemporary of the summer, we have Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby.
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Why I Read It: See above. Also because it's summer and this book is a perfect summer read.
ZOMG Yes! This story--while a bit cliche in content--was so beautifully executed that it didn't feel cliche at all reading it. I loved the characters in this story. They were real, honest, and aching. The perfect combination for a good love story.
And of course I loved the big sister. As a big sister myself, I'm a sucker for stories with sisters. Ryan was awesome. So was Gran--but I'm not a grandma and can't relate as much.
Beyond the characters, I loved the descriptions of the setting. Jessi really nailed bringing me into the ocean scenes. I especially enjoyed the cave and the kayaking under the fireworks. Simply beautiful--the descriptions and the emotions.
kthxbai If you're looking for a quick, summer read for the beach or the pool or the airplane, pick this one up. It's great!