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?
So in This Heart of Mine, Leah has a lot on her plate. She’s also dealing with all the usual stuff teens have to deal with. But she’s a fighter and a quick learner. And these are just a few of the things she learns in This Heart of Mine.
- Silly slippers on your feet can put a smile in your heart.
- Even an artificial heart can break.
- Dying sucks, but seeing the early signs of grief in the eyes of those who love you, sucks more.
- Living a day at a time isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. You need to embrace the future and learn from the past.
- Getting a second chance at life is a miracle, but knowing someone had to die to give you that life, is hard to swallow.
- When the identical twin of the brother who is your heart donor starts falling for you, how does one know if they love you for you, or because you have their brother’s heart?
- First kisses are awesome, but second ones can be even better.
- Losing a sibling is hard, losing an identical twin is losing a part of yourself.
- Everyone has secrets, but when a secret may be responsible for a loved one’s death, discovering the truth is essential.
- Reading is a surefire way to learn to deal with the crap life throws at you.
- Book snobs should never be allowed to run a book club.
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