Skip to main content

Things We Know by Heart

Things We Know by Heart
Jessi Kirby
HarperTeen, 2015
Source: My Own Bookshelf, E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

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.


I was going to try something new.
I was going to read a book on my phone. I got this new smart phone, and I thought, I can listen to a book in my car, read a book on my phone in waiting rooms and read a book at other times.

I did NOT do a very good job at reading a book on my phone, and I never will again. I never thought of it. I only opened this book when I didn’t have any games to play or any wi-fi, and as a result it took me FOREVER to finish.

It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t my favorite. It was well-written, but I definitely didn’t like a majority of the decisions that the main character made. Overall, it was a cute story with a lot of character development. Personally, I think that I would have liked it better if I had read the ACTUAL book.

Turns out, I was reading this book for a year and a half. On the phone, never again.