Release Date: April 21, 2015
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Jessi Kirby’s Golden, I was still interested in reading her 2015 release, Things We Know by Heart because the synopsis is really unique and unlike anything else I have ever heard of. It’s about a girl named Quinn, whose boyfriend Trent died in a car accident. His heart is donated and transplanted to a boy named Colton. Quinn seeks out to meet this boy who has literally taken Trent’s heart.
For me, the main issue I had with Things We Know by Heart was actually the pacing. The entire thing is calm and waaay too slow. I feel like the pace was moving along with Quinn and how slowly she was getting over her grief for Trent. Agonizingly slow and draggy. Everything felt very burdensome for me, just like the way going out and being a normal teenager felt very burdensome for Quinn.
Speaking of Quinn, it took me a long time for me to warm up to her. It wasn’t that she was depressed, but it was the fact that she decided not to tell Colton that she knew about his heart condition. In the story, Colton decides not to meet any family or friends of the heart donor, yet Quinn does this to find her closure for herself and for her own self-interest. I thought this was inconsiderate of her and it rubbed me the wrong way.
On the other hand, Colton was a wonderful character. Jessi Kirby writes him as my ideal kind of male love interest. What I loved the most about him was his profound thoughts and his love for adventure. He had the ability to bring Quinn out of her lonely cave.
In the end though, I’m wondering what Quinn would have been like had she not found Colton. Was Colton the only way she could find closure on her dead boyfriend? Is love the only answer to depression as a whole? The conclusion to Things We Know by Heart is sweet and touching, but I can’t help but ask these questions. I still feel like I didn’t get any closure from this story.
Overall, Things We Know by Heart has an intriguing premise, but a main protagonist that fell flat. And although the love interest was admirable, the overall theme of the story didn’t click with me. It’s definitely uplifting and more emotional for other people, but I can’t say the same for myself.