This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
Publication Date | February 27th, 2018
ARC provided by Netgalley
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When I first read the blurb of This Heart of Mine, I fell hard for the premise. It had so much potential for sweetness and angst, but unfortunately, I got mostly cheese. I can deal with a little cheese, in fact, it’s something I usually like. But it was laid on pretty thick in this book. The first bit was pretty good, even if Leah felt like she was being pulled from character in an effort to see how changed she was from her transplant. And that was a huge issue for me – she referred to herself as ‘old Leah’ or ‘new Leah’ so often that it was not only distracting, but incredibly annoying. And while I thought that Leah and Matt’s relationship was sweet at first, it was a little disturbing to me how they were such a crutch for each other’s unhealthy behaviors, and also, the lying was pretty liberal in this book, even joking about it to the point where it felt like it wasn’t a big deal to Leah after a while.
Like another reviewer mentioned, there was a paranormal aspect to this story that was never fully explored or resolved, and it left the book feeling so undone. I felt the ending that wrapped up the mystery was so very predictable – not only the mystery of whether or not Eric killed himself, but the entire series of events that led up to his death. Also, at the end of this book, Leah gives a speech at graduation that not only comes out of nowhere, but didn’t even feel like a graduation speech. It felt more like a soapbox than anything. Up until the end, Leah’s doctor was the standout character for me, but then, she appeared at Leah’s graduation and offered up some cheesy lines that seemed to be a trademark for every character in the book.
I hate to leave this review on such a negative note, so I do want to mention Leah’s parents and Matt’s mom. I like how Leah’s parents were so involved in her life, but even while their lives revolved around her, they worked hard to let her be as independent as possible and push their hovering ways to the side. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been for them, but I like that they did it for their daughter. I also liked Matt’s aunt stepping in and telling his mother how it was, and his mother subsequently ‘getting her shit together’ for the only family member she had left. It was done wonderfully and in a way that felt credible instead of just to suit the plot line.
Sadly, This Heart of Mine was not a win for me. It felt like such a long read, and definitely could have benefited from a big trim – 50 pages could have been cut here to tighten up the pacing and plot. While this book wasn’t for me, I think there is an audience for it, and I see a lot of people liking this one.
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