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This Heart of Mine
Contributor(s): Hunter, C. C.
ISBN: 1250131650     ISBN-13: 9781250131652
Publisher: Wednesday Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: After she receives a heart transplant from a teenager who committed suicide, Leah MacKenzie questions the donor's twin brother Matt and, as they investigate the circumstances of the brother's death, Matt and Leah unexpectedly fall in love.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Twins; Fiction.
Heart, Artificial; Fiction.
Suicide; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018020124
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 372 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

Gr 10 Up—What if you were living for years knowing that you were not going to reach adulthood, but then, suddenly, you were given a chance at a long life? For Leah MacKenzie, this is her reality. Three years ago her heart died from a virus. Living with an artificial heart, she is now given a second chance with a heart transplant from a former classmate, Eric, who killed himself. After the surgery, Leah begins having the most vivid dreams that cannot just be a side-effect of the medicine she takes to prevent her body rejecting Eric's heart. Is Eric trying to tell her something about the night of his death? This becomes the mystery that Leah is determined to solve with the help of Eric's twin, Matt, who is convinced that his brother would never commit suicide. Throughout this quest to find the truth, the protagonist must accept her new lease on life and let go of the guilt that her survival meant the death of a friend. Teens will love the emotional twists and turns. The existential subject of life and death and the idea of organ transplantation will be appealing, but more than that, the mystery of the dead communicating with the living through dreams and memories will grip readers and leave them guessing until the very end. VERDICT With so many unanswered questions and tons of suspense, teens will be on the edge of their seats, eager to know the mystery held within Leah's heart. A good choice for older readers.—Davia Schmidt, Queens Public Library, NY

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