I read and re-read Lurlene’s books so often just to keep myself busy while I am waiting for a new book to come out. Prey came out in March and it has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read ever since. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read it, I already had so many books in line.
When I found out Heart to Heart was being released in June, I tried to find time to read Prey before it arrived, but to no avail. I was absolutely intrigued by the premise of Heart to Heart, so the day it was released I went and snatched it up.
Here is my review:
Title: Heart to Heart
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Pages: 224 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Jacket Description: From Lurlene McDaniel, the bestselling author of young adult inspirational fiction, comes Heart to Heart. This emotionally charged novel explores loss, love, renewal, and the ways in which these complex bonds within families and between friends are tested at life’s most challenging moments.
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver’s license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way—when Elowyn’s life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored.
Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she’s led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their lives—but they don’t know to whom they should be forever grateful.
When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own.
Review: Let me first say, I absolutely love the names that Lurlene chose for this book. Elowyn has to be the most unique name ever, and I only regret that I am done having children, because I would absolutely name a child Elowyn. I also loved the names Arabeth and Kassey.
This was one of the quickest reads for me in a really long time. With 224 pages, I thought it would take a bit longer to read but it was a super easy read and a really great page turning story.
As is typical for Lurlene, she tackles a scientific/controversial topic (cellular memory) and gives it life beyond words. The book made me really think and feel what these characters were dealing with and how something like cellular memory is possible.
The three female characters were genuine and each had their own really unique personality. In this book, the parents were prevalent almost the entire way, which I enjoyed because I like to see the entire family and the dynamics which I think are missing from a lot of young adult books. Wyatt, who is Elowyn’s boyfriend was the one character how I swung back and forth on how much I liked him. To be honest, I really didn’t like him very much at the beginning which I actually think was intentional. By the end however, I couldn’t help but love him and see how emotionally invested he was in all of this too. I think sometimes us females forget how sensitive men can be in situations that are tragic or life altering.
At any rate, I absolutely loved this book and I have decided I kind of suck at book reviews, because I absolutely hate giving away plot and story, so I can’t say everything I want to say. It was an awesome book, dealing with an interesting and newish (at least in books) topic, with three amazing characters you cannot help but love, along with their families.
I give this book 5/5 stars. It was an EXCELLENT read.