Title: This Heart of Mine
Author: C.C. Hunter
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.
Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?
Source: Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
I am a huge fan of books that pull on my heartstrings and make me feel something. Whether it be total joy or intense sadness, any books that can fill me up with emotions are winners for me. So, in brief, that is part of why I requested This Heart of Mine from Netgalley. I had also read a book with a similar premise called Things We Know by Heart and (literally) adored it with all my heart, so I knew I would love this one as well.
And love it I did! Well, love may be a tiny bit of an overstatement, but I did really like this story. From its dual-perspectives to its morals, there is honestly something in this book for all avid contemporary readers.
For a brief synopsis, this book follows the POVs of teens Leah and Matt. Because of her medical condition, Leah lives with an artificial heart, and since she has a rare blood type, getting a transplant would be extremely hard for her. When a boy whom she went to school with passes away, his heart is a strong match for Leah. However, this boy was Matt’s twin, and he is doubting that he’d killed himself as many say. This causes Leah and Matt to form a bond- and experience similar dreams and theories.
While I don’t always love books told in dual-perspective, I found that of this book to be extremely tolerable. With Leah’s POV told in first-person and Matt’s in third-person, it was really easy to follow along and not get confused between narrators. My heart honestly broke for both of them! First, it shattered for Matt because he had lost so much, including his dog, his dad, and now his twin brother, as well as for Leah because of her heartbreaking condition that caused her to need a heart transplant, and the possibilities of not being cured. I didn’t really see myself in Matt, but I saw myself in Leah as she had an avid love for books and a thoughtful, giving demeanour.
In this story, there is a large focus on living in the moment, and I can’t stress that enough! If you don’t live in the moment and actively appreciate what you have, then you could find yourself struggling to grasp onto it all when the tables turn at the last minute. In my opinion, reading this novel and taking in life from the characters’ perspectives definitely has the potential to change your outlook of life.
To sum it all up, This Heart of Mine was a beautiful, poignant, and inspiring novel. It belongs on all of the 2018 TBRs because it was just so good! Despite all of the raving, I don’t feel like this book had that extra something to earn five stars from me- it just didn’t make me feel as emotionally attached and moved as other similar reads did. Though, if you are a fan of beautiful romance stories and heartbreaking premises, then this book is 100% worth a read!
Do you enjoy emotionally moving stories? What are some that you’d recommend?
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*