This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
Published February 27th, 2018 by Wednesday Books.
YA > Contemporary Romance
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?
Special thanks to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of the book for review!
I was immediately drawn to the story of this book in that it seemed like it would be different than many other YA contemporaries. I had an interest in the way that the characters would interact with each other becuase of their circumstances, and how that would develop into relationships.
While I found This Heart of Mine to be a super cute book, I was left a bit disappointed. What let me down, was the focus on the mystery surrounding the death of Matt’s brother, Eric. This created an interesting conflict, but I think this book could have been so much stronger if it dealt with Leah and Matt trying to come to terms with a death, and deal with the effects of Leah getting Eric’s heart, instead. This mystery aspect seemed underdeveloped and took me out of the story as it just seemed so unrealistic.
Yet, the elements of the book where Leah and Matt face emotional difficulties resulting from the death and heart transplant felt so raw and real. It was easy to see why these characters were drawn together. Watching their relationship develop through such a hard time was the sweetest.
Told from both Leah and Matt’s perspectives, the book does a good job of filling you in on the thoughts and feelings of both characters, which I felt was crucial in a story like this.
But overall, I felt the muddled handling of Eric’s death and the mystery that went along with it just created extra drama that wasn’t handled in a beliveable way.
This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the book. It was definitely entertaining, emotional, and adorable! But, I caught glimpses of just how powerful the book could have been, had some elements of the story been removed.