After Quinn’s boyfriend Trevor, dies in a freak accident, she attempts to find the peace to move on by writing to and meeting with the recipients of his donated organs, all of them respond to her except the person who received his heart. Feeling like closure can not occur until this last piece of the puzzle is found, she becomes a little obsessed with tracking down any information that might lead her to the one who has his heart.
After ignoring the rules of donor/ recipient confidentiality and a lot of internet stalking and research, she discovers a website about a local boy. The site written by his sister, and it documents his illness and search for a new heart. Quinn immediately notices the similarities of the time he got his new heart and the time of Trevor’s death. When she finally gets the nerve to track him down she isn’t expecting him to feel drawn to her as much as she is drawn to him.
As much as she promises herself that she won’t get involved, Colton is relentless in is pursuit of her friendship. Quinn’s unable to fight the growing need to be by Colton’s side despite of her guilt of keeping her past a secret from him. With him she finally begins to move on. He knows she is hiding things from him but he has secrets of his own.
I know many of us have seen similar story lines in books and movies in the past, but there is something different about this story. Its about moving on, about letting go of a life that you had planned, good or bad. It’s about finding comfort from family and grieving in your own way. Most of all its about the mysteries of life and how somethings are destined to be even though horrible circumstances brought you to those things. It’s about coping with the realization that you can find life and joy after horrible tragedy. Whether it be losing someone you love or having to cope with new life that has been given back to you and guilt felt because of living in someone else’s place. I loved it, it was everything I wanted it to be and more.
Have you read Things I Know By Heart or Golden by Jessi Kirby?