Author: Jessi Kirby
Published: April 21st 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Social Issue, Young Adult
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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 think this book and this local flick that I haven’t watched (just saw the trailer) share the same plot: girl lost his boyfriend to an accident; his heart was donated and she might/might not fall in love with the boy who received it. In a nutshell that’s how Jessi Kirby’s Things We Know by Heart is. It might be a little predictable to my taste but the good thing is that while some parts came too convenient for me, I enjoyed the entirety: of her searching for that final piece but got more than just moving forward.

Quinn loses her boyfriend and she thought that knowing the people who got his boyfriend’s organs was an important part of the process she needed to move on. But the last person changed that course of events, of her simply wanting to know to something deeper. She only wanted to see how things went but she got more than what she could be possibly imagined. She just found herself enjoying herself in Colton’s company. But the truth was looming like dark mist on this potential relationship. But to properly move on she must tell the truth.

It was quite simple but that simplicity is what made it so refreshing. She only wanted to know how these people were. I think I get her motivations as to why she wanted to check them up. I mean, I think (it’s just me) that him dying was not truly the end, by extension at least for some people it didn’t. But at the same time I also think that she was clinging (too much, but understandable so) to that. Even if it just fragments of who Trent used to be; the fact that it still there is somehow assuring? (I don’t know, I wanted to write it down as profound as I can but alas my limited vocabulary is hindering me).

I also knew from the get-go things will go south once the truth is revealed. But I’m glad it didn’t progress to some dramatic point and they reconciled quite neatly. I think both of them; Colton and Quinn needed to move on from those things that anchoring them down. So it must be fate that instead of her just merely observing, she had run-in with him and that escalated further more—the better more.

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote:The heart is beautiful, and fragile, and safe inside its bottle, like the old notes that supposedly traveled over distance and time, through storms and lulls, to finally find a shore. And then to be found. ”