Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
★★★★★ (4.50)
Genre – Young Adult Contemporary

Summary – When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated 17571215heart, 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.

Initial Thoughts – I was a little unsure when I read the summary for this. However, this was a super cute romance with some serious issues.
Plot – ★★★★★ Kirby throws obstacle after obstacle at Colton and Quinn, making their growth together interesting and complicated.
Characters – ★★★★☆ I love both Colton and Quinn. They could have used just a little more quirks to make them stand out.
Story world – ★★★★★ Kirby has a lovely setting of bright beaches and hidden coves. I loved exploring these places along with Quinn.
Style – ★★★★☆  Kirby has a nice light tone that carries the novel.
Closing Thoughts – This book made me want to go to the beach and fall in love.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of sunny days, complicated backgrounds, and sweet romances.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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