February 2, 2018

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

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It's been a while since I've read a damn good contemporary. But that all changed with this book. This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter made me laugh, it made me cry, but most importantly it taught me a lesson that is so easy to forget.

This book follows Leah, a high school student with an artificial heart. She carries her heart around in a backpack until one day she is fortunate enough for a transplant. Enter Matt, the charmingly handsome boy who's twin brother Eric's heart Leah was fortunate to receive after Eric committed suicide. After Leah gets her transplant, she starts to have dreams hinting that it may not have been a suicide after all. She and Matt bond over this unsettling notion, because like Leah, Matt is also having dreams and feeling's regarding Eric's demise. Leah promises to help Matt get to the bottom of what really happened to Eric...after all, she did get his heart, and the fact that she's falling for Matt doesn't hurt.

This book was way more than I ever hoped for. There's love and passion, mystery, fear, and above all else, hope. Hope to get to the bottom of what happened to Eric. Hope that Leah's body won't reject her new heart. Hope that Matt and Leah's relationship really is the real deal. And an underlying but ever present hope for tomorrow. This book teaches us to not give up that hope, and to take advantage of what time we are given. Life is too short to waste it worrying about what could happen rather than actually living our lives. I sound like a complete cheese ball, but really this book was incredibly cheesy and I wouldn't have it any other way. As a 28 year old, it takes a lot for a YA contemporary to touch me, but this one not only touched me but violently grabbed at my heartstrings and pulled until I was drained of all emotion after both laughing and crying my way thorough this book.

And to top it all off, not only is this just about the best contemporary I've ever read, but it's an own voices novel! The author's husband had a kidney transplant that saved his life, so all the emotions, both hope and fear, packed into this novel are 100% genuine. 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

A huge thank you to St. Martin's Press for allowing me early digital access to this book. This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter releases on February 27th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

15 comments:

DJ Sakata said...

I have read this premise several times but it never fails to fascinate me. Thanx for the review

Norrie said...

Until recently i never cared much about books like this. However i noticed that over the past year or so i'm actively looking for books that discuss the emotional side of things, and even sometimes a bit depressing. Not sure why this is...
This books is actually quite intriguing.

Nikki said...

I read this over the holiday break too, I enjoyed the read.

Simply Steph said...

Hmmmm I am also 28 and not usually into YA novels, but this does look promising!

The Book Recluse Review said...

I agree with others. YA isn't usually my thing, but a good book is a good book. I will have to look into this more.

Bewitched Reader Book Blog said...

I'm so happy to see such a good review of this one! I just downloaded my copy this weekend and can't wait to read it.

Cia Black said...

Beyond happy to see this rating, I just received this book and am so looking forward to reading it. Amazing review.

Whispering Stories said...

I've read a few reviews about this book, all good. Lovely to read your thoughts.

Nandini Kamat Kunde said...

What an awesome plot!

Terri said...

This book seems to have a lot going for it. It would interesting to interview the author and talk about how the book came about and the journey he took to write it.

Mains & Tales said...

Wow this book is a big ball of emotion and tackles some fairly serious topics. Sounds like a great read.

Bookworms Corner said...

This is going straight onto my TBR list. Thank you.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great Review, I just recently heard about this book. And you got me on own voices book, I just love reading own voices books. And this one looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley. I am sooo going to check it out when it comes out. Thank you so much for sharing and putting this book on my radar.

Kaitlin Krell said...

Love finding a good contemporary that just grabs you. It's not my normal scene either but honestly some of the most soul touching books I've read are contemps. Wonderful review! I'll keep an eye out!

Gayathri said...

The number of YA books I read has been rising steadily and I might have to add this as well after reading your review.