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.– Goodreads
Things We Know By Heart is the story of Quinn a girl living a simple life that is forever changed when her boyfriend dies. When he dies, his parents decided to donate his organs and Quinn finds closure with that. She reaches out to the people and slowly she begins to find closure and feels like there is a chance that she will be able to move on.
Everyone but one moves out, Trent’s heart. She doesn’t know why he won’t reach out to her but what she does know is she effected, almost offended by the fact that they won’t write back. She slowly uses the internet to find out more about who got his heart and finds out that he lives close to her. While Quinn sets herself to meet him, just once to feel better, for closure. What she didn’t know was that their lives would stay intertwined far longer than she expected them to.
She slowly falls in love with Colton. She forgets how many days it’s been since Trent died, she starts to live again, and she’s lost and confused. This wasn’t supposed to happen. She was supposed to be with with Trent forever, or at least in those throws of guilt, right? But life didn’t work that way for her. In his own way Colton saves her from herself. I will be the first to admit that I hate saying that. I hate saying that, but he does! Just like she saves Colton from himself. He is dealing with the aftermath of heart surgery, and while he doesn’t tell her everything about his own past, she is keeping things from him, also.
There is a falling out between the two, I mean she is keeping a big secret from him. She’s keeping the fact that he has her dead boyfriend’s heart. He deserves to know that!!! And he of course does find out, during a painful moment for both of them. What I enjoyed though was that Kirby made it work. While many would have made it be cliched and drawn out, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the characters, and the “background” characters also. Quinn’s family was amazing and full of so much love for Quinn.
I loved and adored Kirby’s previous release, Golden, it was one of my favorite books of 2013. Things We Know By Heart is a different type of a book. A quieter novel. I also enjoyed seeing that Kirby’s writing has continued to grow from where she started.