“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?
This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.”
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Okay. Just wow. Where to start with this book?!
I’ve never actually read any of C.C. Hunter’s other books so chose to read this based purely on the synopsis I found online, which I thought was very intriguing, and I was not disappointed. At All. This is definitely my favourite YA book I’ve read this year (dare I say ever?!) and it is filled with everything you could possibly want in a book (and more!) – secrets, mystery, death, love, justice and friendship!
This Heart of Mine follows 17 year old Leah, who has a heart disease, which means she relies on an artificial heart to keep her alive. Knowing that a heart transplant is highly unlikely due to her rare blood type, she spends her time at home completing her bucket list and living for each day.
We also have Matt, whose twin brother, Eric, was found dead in the local woods. Matt is on a mission to prove that Eric didn’t commit suicide, despite the closed case. No one believes him and Matt is in desperate need of someone to support him. This is where Leah comes in…
Although this initially seems to be a love story, it is so much more than that! I couldn’t put it down and as we get further and further into the novel, and learn more about the circumstances, I was so gripped! The ending was just phenomenal (which I never saw coming!) and raises some very important issues and questions that we face in today’s society. This book is so relevant and seems to have been so well researched (C.C. Hunter says some more about these issues at the back of the book) and the accurate portrayal of all these issues made me connect a lot more with Leah and Matt as characters and support them in their aim of finding justice.
I loved both Leah and Matt and their individual personalities seemed so authentic, which reflects how beautifully written this book is. Their relationship develops over time (no insta-love YAY!) and the book has several sub-plots too which makes it intriguing to watch how these characters react to certain situations. The plot itself flows seamlessly and often I forgot I was reading a book and not someone’s actual life!
This is definitely a book to watch out for in 2018 and I’m predicting huge success and amazing reviews! It gives me The Hate U Give vibes and despite it’s YA ‘categorisation’, This Heart of Mine is a book that people across all ages should read and will enjoy! This has become a firm favourite of mine and I can’t wait to grab my own copy when it’s released next February. You should definitely read this if you get the chance to – you won’t be disappointed!