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review 2016-06-29 02:21
Review: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby

Quick review for a quick read. I think this story went over a little better for me than "Golden" did, but I think it might be my connections to liking stories akin to this that might've given it the edge. "Things We Know By Heart" actually reminds me of a reverse storyline to several stories I've read/watched before. From the movie "Return to Me" with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny to the anime/manga series "Angel Heart" - an off-shoot of the popular anime series "City Hunter" by Tuskasa Hojo, I'm familiar with stories (real and fictional) revolving around the impressions that donors get when their lives are saved thanks to a needed organ transplant.

Thing about it is, usually the stories I've read/heard revolve around the people who received the transplant. And in stories like that I found myself identifying because the character's survivor's guilt, their renewed energy, their struggle to get to a place of normalcy and going through their relationships is usually very vivid and heart breaking. It's hard not to feel emotional in stories like this. This story takes a different angle in that it involves the girlfriend left behind, frantically searching for the person who received her boyfriend's donated heart.

Quinn only wants closure in the aftermath of losing her boyfriend Trent to a tragic accident exactly a year before (and she counts the days to a certain point). She reaches out to the donors who received Trent's organs, but Colton Thomas, who received Trent's heart, hasn't responded. So what does Quinn do? She goes out to find him. Darned if she does, darned if she doesn't to try to find some connection to close her grief over Trent. She doesn't expect to fall for the boy who got his heart though. Romance! (Cue in choir singing and bright spotlights.)

For the record, I wasn't comfortable with the stalking aspects of this story, despite how much I could understand the grief of the two MCs and their need for closure/reaching out. This notation was hard to read, but for the sake of the story, I followed it to see where it would go. I thought the relationship between Colton and Quinn was very sweet in spaces. They had very good chemistry, the emotions, interactions, and grief they both felt was very vivid. I did find that some moments might've been a touch overwritten and most definitely cheese, but Kirby knows how to draw out the heart of emotion in her characters and situations - I even saw that back in my read of "Golden" despite having issues. I also liked the relationships Quinn and Colton had with their families, which is way better than most portrayals in YA fiction.

I kind of want Colton as a book boyfriend. He was a great LI and well-dimensioned character that I wanted to see more of in the length of the work. His moments of happiness are framed just as well as his struggles, and I thought the narrative did a great job of showing his range of emotions and personality. I feel also Kirby did a good job of showing Quinn's character and her respective struggles, though it made me think of an Asian drama that I still can't put my finger on for the title as to her perspective point. But it took forever for Quinn to tell Colton the truth. Ye Gods, I was like "JUST TELL HIM ALREADY!" One could curse my impatience, but the narrative, to me, felt much longer than it had to be for the way it drew the situation out. While I could definitely see where some moments had Quinn struggling for timing and knowing how to tell Colton the truth, I still felt - from a narrative standpoint - it was more drawn out than I would've liked.

It's a story I really liked and connected with, even with some noted flaws in the progression. I do hope to read more from Jessi Kirby eventually. I'm sad I haven't picked up some of her other work until now. Great audio narration by Amanda Wallace.

Overall score: 3.5/5 stars.

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review 2015-07-02 15:23
Review: Things We Know by Heart!
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby
At A Glance

Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: insta! + weird triangle.
Cliff Hanger: nope.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Plot: 8
Characters: 4
World Building: 6
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 8
Ending: 7

Total: 7

In Depth

Best Part:
Worst Part: Crying!
Overall Feels Felt: awwwwww; You dumb!; Get over it already!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yah

Short Review: Okay, i'm all about being upset if my bf died while we were together. Would i go as fall as counting the days?! Heck no. Would i freak the fuck out at the thought of being happy?! Heck no. I need some strong females MCs after reading this book. I get you're sad, but really?! Wayyyyyyy overdramtic. I couldn't enjoy the book as much because i just wanted to shake the MC's shoulders and tell her it's time to move on!

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review 2015-04-11 00:00
Things We Know by Heart
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby this book is really really something. wow. just wow. one of the best contemporaries that really moved me. it is full of emotions but still written beautifully. reading its first few pages had already got me falling in love with it. this is a story of loss, grief, finding yourself, moving forward, and finally letting go.

Quinn had lost first love, Trent, because of an accident. She mourned for 400 and counting days not until she found the light through Trent's heart recipient, Colton.

Things We Know By Heart is both a heart wrenching and heart warming. It's both happy and sad. It's both tearjerker and sunshine. And most of all, this book is really a life-changer. Not only there's a lot of emotions but there's also a lot of life lessons.

I can't really find all the words to praise this book. All I know is that I loved it so so much and I can't wait for everybody to feel the same way as I did bout this book. Definitely, one of those books that I will read over and over again but will never get tired of reading it.

Oh did I also mention that this book is my kind of book-to-movie adaptation. I will not get surprised if this will be optioned and get to be filmed. Because this is really wonderful. All my praises for Jessi Kirby.
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review 2014-12-26 00:00
Things We Know by Heart
Things We Know by Heart - Jessi Kirby Beautiful does not even begin to describe this book. I felt so attached with this. My first Kirby novel and I am in love with the way she writes.

Full review tk near release date. Oh, but be sure to add this in your TBR.
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review 2014-09-09 04:59
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chödrön

This is no insult because I am only three starring this compared to all my other newfound buddhism, and Pema Chodron specifically.  Whew, what a lifesaver!!  

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