Things We Know By Heart by Jessi KirbyThings We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By Heart

byJessi Kirby

Hardcover | April 21, 2015

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In this unforgettable novel, Quinn Sullivan falls for the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart. Printz Award winner John Corey Whaley calls it “not just a love story, but one with a ferocious pulse.”

After Quinn’s boyfriend, Trent, dies in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the fragments of her now-unrecognizable life. But whoever received Trent’s heart has chosen to remain silent. The essence of a person, Quinn has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then in a way, she will still have a piece of him.

Risking everything to get closure once and for all, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas, whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into something 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 the time Quinn spends with Colton makes her feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, though, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost . . . and all that remains at stake.

Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, this unique and emotional story about an unexpected bond between two strangers will leave no heart untouched.

Jessi Kirby is a writer for young adults whose first book,Moonglass, was named an ABA New Voices Pick. She has also written two other novels—In Honor and Golden. Jessi works as a middle school librarian in Orange County, California, where she lives with her husband and two kids.
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Title:Things We Know By HeartFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062299433

ISBN - 13:9780062299437

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A heart-warming read! I've read this book countless times and I don't think it's one I'll ever stop. Kirby's writing is breath-taking and thought-provoking. Heartfelt and inspiring. It's one of those books that I lean towards when I'm having a bad day or stressed out. I love these characters - Quinn and Colton - and their attitude towards second chances and hope. I love how authentic their development was seen in the novel. Their love is quiet, steady and strong. And I guess that's what I love most about it. So many novels talk about falling in love and the quickness of it, but this one is slow and steady and heart-warming. Sigh, I seriously just love this novel.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Fantastic. You know going in that it's going to be a really sad and heart breaking start. So I was kind of prepared. I think Kirby did a really good job showing how we deal with loss. Quinn was still finding it hard to let go, even though more than a year had passed. I loved her journey to figuring out how to do that. Colton was a big part in that. The romance was so super sweet. Colton was such a good guy(new book boyfriend alert). Although the story was predictable it didn't take away from the emotional journey I experienced in just 300 pages. Onto my re-read shelf Things We Know by Heart goes.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful character study Things We Know By Heart is a beautiful unfolding of two characters who find and need each other at the right moment. It’s a lovely character study. The thing that works with this novel is that even though Quinn and Colton reveal bits of themselves to each other, the full story is never given right away - and yet, Quinn and Colton each realize that they can offer the other something that no one else can. Quinn needs to get out of her sadness over losing Trent, but she also needs to take some risks that only Colton could give her. And Colton needs to figure out how far he could go in being himself - without the heart transplant hanging over him - before he needs to rein it in. Jessi Kirby writes some of the most gorgeous dates I've ever read in YA - every moment with Quinn and Colton just felt like another really great day I wished I could have. As a romance reader, I live for those dates where the sun is shining, the water is perfect, and you have moments fraught with desire and understanding and connection. This book had SO MANY. The connection between Colton and Quinn felt incredibly real, and their days together felt natural and perfect without feeling like they were trying too hard. I do have a few quibbles, mainly that the conflict in this book seemed a bit too easy to resolve. For most of the book, I just wanted to get Quinn to admit that she knew who Colton was, and it was frustrating to me that it was a single miscommunication that made for the entire conflict in the book. While I realize that communication (or lack thereof) tends to be a big factor in whether a relationship is successful, this one felt like it dragged on way too long to be realistic. My other quibble is that the book ended too quickly. I needed a darn epilogue to see what would happen next to Colton and Quinn, and even Shelby and Quinn's parents. And I wanted Quinn to find friends again and stop living life in a vacuum. That said, I really enjoyed reading this novel and I will definitely be picking up Kirby’s past novels for her gorgeous writing and perfect moments. Bonuses: Quotes for the Heart: The novel is punctuated with informational, literary, and pop culture quotes about the heart at the beginning of each chapter. The ones that really got me were written by surgeons and medical professionals about how much more the heart could do than just be a blood vessel - everyone sees the heart as the epicenter of the body, mind and soul. Similarly, the quotes act as a grounding point for each chapter; each quote is like an artery of the heart, acting to create a holistic reading experience. Swoonworthy Writing: Honestly, this book got an extra half star from me because the writing was so stunning. Check out a few of my favourite parts: "And so what I remember most about that morning is standing on the side of the road, alone, darkness closing in around me as the day was unfolding. Morning sunlight on the vibrant gold petals, scattered where he lay dying." "Erosion," he answers. "I kinda picture it like one of those time-lapse sequences--with waves crashing against cliffs, and storms rolling over them, and water and air finding the cracks and widening them into tunnels and caves until the weak parts crumble and all that's left are these little rock islands." The way he says it, I can see it perfectly, like it's happening right in front of us. And it is, really. Just so slowly you can't see it--the same way grief can do to a person over time, wear you down until you disappear." "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." Heart-Squeezing Romance:The yearning I felt for Colton and Quinn to get together and JUST KISS ALREADY was pretty overwhelming. Jessi Kirby is GOOD. The Final Word: This is my first Jessi Kirby book, and I'm glad to say that I enjoyed it a lot. While I didn't love LOVE it, the author's gorgeous writing, commitment to the structure and characters, and all-around beautiful moments and romance definitely made me a fan. I will be picking up Kirby's first two books as soon as I can!
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romance cute but stalking not cool Quinn has been unable to move on since the death of her boyfriend Trent. She hopes meeting the people who received his organs will help but whoever received his heart, the person Quinn truly wants to meet, never replies. So Quinn does her own research and tracks down nineteen-year-old Colton, recipient of a heart transplant the same day Trent died who lives only a few hours away. She plans on just watching him but instead, an small accident brings them together in ways Quinn never expected. In order to let Colton in – she’ll have to let Trent go. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into this book. The cover was very cute and seemed to promise a light read but the synopsis promised more of a healing journey. It turned out to be a little bit of both with a mix of family time and some uncomfortable moments due to secrets kept thrown in. Part of the time I liked Quinn and part of the time I wanted to shake her. She did a good job at pulling me into her world, understanding her love for Trent and why she couldn’t move on, why she felt she needed to meet Colton. Her need for closure drove her to do something desperate and then she kept digging herself in deeper. I could see why she fell for Colton. He was such a sweet guy and genuinely cared about her even when she was a complete stranger. Even with all the secrets between them, they had a connection. I really liked the family bond that was shown in this book. We didn’t see a whole lot of Colton with his family but there was still that close feeling from the blog his sister had kept during his health problems. Quinn’s family appeared a lot more. They were obviously close but mostly did their own things, but were always there if someone needed advice or needed a little push or tough love. The romance was mostly light, even with all the secrets being kept between them. I really liked Quinn and Colton together but had a hard time letting myself get completely lost in them as a couple. It was the way Quinn had tracked him down and the secrets that kept me from becoming too invested in them together. Instead of enjoying them falling in love, I found myself wondering when everything would blow up in their faces and if their growing love would survive. It ended up being a bit predictable but still enjoyable. The writing was so great. There were many beautiful passages about love, grief, moving on, family. It was a huge part of why I enjoyed reading this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had been sold on the romance but I liked the characters and the struggle to move on with life both main characters showed. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Story!! I pretty much devoured this book in one sitting. Jessi Kirby is one of my favorite contemporary writers because she is great at connecting you to her characters and hooking you in with an incredible story about loss and love. Things We Know by Heart is a novel that can make you cry straight from the beginning, and eventually make you smile/grin by the end. My heart is bursting after reading it because it was beautiful, and then fills your heart with butterflies. Quinn Sullivan has lost her long-time boyfriend Trent in an accident, so she reaches out to the people whose lives were saved by his organs. Everyone replied except the boy who received his heart. So she found him by herself and finds where he lives and it turns to be more than she thought it would be. From the very beginning I felt her pain that she was going through, and it was interesting that she found all the people who lives were saved by Trent. Jessi Kirby definitely knows how to connect you to the character because it made you feel everything. The pain of her loss, the frustration of not getting a response (Colton) and that she will not be able to move on. Colton has had a hard time since he received his new heart and move on from what happened, He has to be careful about what he does and take meds. When he meets Quinn it gives him the opportunity to be himself and be normal. Their friendship/relationship between them was very convincing in that both needed to overcome what they were going through. There was some swoony parts that make you love Colton and what he does on their date! The secondary characters were very supportive to Quinn. I loved her grandmother who was funny and Ryan her sister who knows her sister and calls her out when she is not okay. As Quinn is starting to move on the reality of what she did comes to the surface and Ryan helps her work through them. Quinn's family is very important to the story because they were also concerned with her behavior and also give advice for her. If you are need of a great story with well developed characters read this book! Jessi Kirby will grab you from the first page of any of her beautifully written books!Things We Know by Heart will speak to you and bring you to tears that you will want to reread it again! I am looking forward to her next book since they are fun and romantic reads!
Date published: 2015-04-20

Editorial Reviews

“Kirby weaves a sweet romance in the same spirit as Susanne Colasanti and Lauren Barnholdt.”