After Quinn lost her boyfriend in an accident their junior year, she reached out to the recipients of his donated organs – but the person who received Trent’s heart never replied to her letter. So, going outside of the system, Quinn tracks down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas… She just wants to see him from afar… but an accidental interaction with Colton sparks an undeniable attraction.
I was given this title to review in ARC format, via Edelweiss.
Jessi Kirby writes beautifully and she gives us a flawless portrayal of Quinn’s grief. I was gripped from the very first scene by the raw emotion displayed in this novel; Jessi Kirby makes no attempt to shield her readers from the nitty gritty of loss.
I felt the romantic aspects of this novel were somewhat weaker by comparison – a bit ‘tepid’ – although I liked the way Quinn’s relationship with Colton slowly developed. Their interactions were cute and Colton’s commitment to living his life (independent of his medical handicaps), encouraged Quinn to re-engage with the world.
I really appreciated the heart-themed extracts at the start of each chapter – the ones towards the beginning of the novel explained the ins and outs of organ donation, so were quite informative.
This novel has a great protagonist with a strong voice, who readers will instantly connect with, even though she does make some questionable choices.