"This Heart of Mine" is a young-adult book about Leah MacKenzie—a dying girl who is surviving day-to-day with an artificial heart. When a heart becomes available, Leah is given a second chance at life, until she discovers who her donor is—Eric, some boy from her school who supposedly committed suicide. But his twin Matt doesn’t believe that, so he wants to learn the truth of what really happened to his brother with Leah’s help.
When first going into this book, I didn’t have very high expectations. I just thought it would a simple book with a slash of romance, but once I started reading, I realized it was so much more! It’s heartwarming, heartbreaking and bittersweet and so many more things! I was feeling so many different emotions while reading this. It was awesome! I love books that can touch me and make me really feel. It really made me think about myself and the choices I made in my own life.
Overall, this book was amazing! The characters were hauntingly realistic, and the writing was excellent! The pacing was on point, and the storyline/plot was emotional and raw and hit all the areas that make a book A+! I’ve never read anything by this author before, but I’ll definitely be picking up some of her other books! I highly recommend.
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.