Kaitlin: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby17571215

Our Rating: 4

Goodreads Rating: 3.92

This Book in a Song: Unpack Your Heart by Phillip Phillips


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.

– Goodreads

Seventeen year-old Quinn Sullivan just lost her boyfriend Trent of three years to a car accident. Quinn is heartbroken, pushing away her friends and family. Trent had donated his organs, and Quinn is recommended to write letters to the people who received his organs. She mails 5 letters, and met and recieved 4 of those letters. The one person that never wrote back was the person who received Trent’s heart, nineteen year-old Colton Thomas. A little over a year later, Quinn is still heartbroken, and decides that all she needs is some sort of closure and maybe just seeing the person who has Trent’s heart will give her just that. When Quinn goes looking for Coltan Thomas, she never meant for them to actually meet and get to know each other. And the more they get to know each other, the deeper Quinn falls for him.

First off, Colton and Quinn are just such a lovable couple. They’re just really lovable characters in general! What I loved about their love story was that it was so realistic. When they first meet and get to know each other, they are so incredibly awkward and weird with each other that it’s equally hilarious and adorable. In the first part of the book, no matter how many times Quinn thinks it’s a bad idea to see Colton, she finds random reasons to. Quinn, the same Quinn who closed herself off from her friends and family, finds peace being with Colton. And Colton who came so close to death, and knows now to live life to the fullest, shares this with Quinn. Colton and Quinn complement each other in more ways than one. Colton brings Quinn out of her shell while Quinn brings the light back into Colton’s life.

This is also one of those books where a character is holding in a secret for nearly the entire book, and you just want to scream at them to tell the other person already. There were so many sweet moments between Colton and Quinn, and when Quinn kept putting off telling Colton that she’s the one who wrote the letter, I wanted to scream at her. But in the end, the satisfaction I got when the truth was revealed made the book ten times more interesting. I had no clue how it was all going to go down and once it did, it was all worth the wait.

This book opened my eyes up to so many things about our world. We always look toward the future, graduation, vacations, getting your life started. Now don’t get me wrong, looking and thinking about your future is a really good idea. But often times we forget that our lives could be taken away from us at any given moment, at any given time. Life is fragile like that, and shouldn’t be taken for granted. The feeling you get from not doing something you know you should’ve done but didn’t because you were too scared or indecisive about it, is one of the worst feelings ever. In the end you only regret the loss of the moment. I’ve come to realize that you should live in the moment, because you’ll never really get that same moment ever again. And sometimes, in order to live in the moment, you have to stop living in the past.

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