Reviews Standalones

Review | Heart Bones

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author: Colleen Hoover.

Length: 251 pages.

“Don’t worry. Hearts don’t have bones. They can’t actually break.” 

Goodreads Synopsis.

Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah’s parents ever gave her. Forced to carve her own path alone, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself. 
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built for herself and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim.
Forced to call her last resort, Beyah has no other option than to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. 
Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface. She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege.
But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. 
Which means they’re drawn to each other.
With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.

My Thoughts.

Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. Her words and her stories drown me. In the best way possible.

I know what love is, because I spent my whole life knowing what it isn’t.

Heart Bones was refreshing. I don’t know if it was because it’s set on a beach, but it felt so fresh and heartwarming. I don’t really know how to describe it, but what I mean is basically how Beyah described the smell of the ocean: clear. That is how this book felt for me.

Colleen never fails to show us the whole picture. She depicts everything so realistically that it’s very hard not to get sucked into what’s happening.

Both of the main characters haven’t had it easy in their lives. They have no one that loves them or cares for them at the start of the book. They’re alone. So, it’s beautiful to see how they get to learn how to love and rely on each other. The fact that before they met, they were so lonely, trying to survive out of sheer will and ambition… it broke all of my heart bones.

Because when a man says I’m going home, he should be heading for the sea.

I don’t want to spoil the end, but I loved how we got to see how much they actually influenced each other’s lives. We got to see a real problem play out along with its consequences. But that’s life. Life is hard and we need to do our best with what we get, in order to try to be better.

Colleen’s books always fill me with hope. I think that’s why she’s my favorite author. I love that she always shows us the ugly parts, no matter how horrible they are. And it hurts. It hurts so freaking much. But it’s worth it. Cause life is made up of so many little parts, and they can’t only be good. But these books fill me with hope because even though such awful things happen, things work out in the end. With hard work, dedication, and a little faith in what will come, things can always turn out right.

If it’s not obvious yet, I definitely recommend this book. I recommend anything by Colleen Hoover. She is amazing. Her books are amazing.

Some other quotes that I loved:

  • “Come at me, world. You can’t damage the impermeable.”
  • “We’re all made up of more than our past behaviors.”
  • “Holding everything in accomplishes nothing.”
  • “You are my water. I think I might be yours too.”
  • “People sometimes still drown in the shallow end.”
  • “Our conversations fell splotchy. Like globs of ink and lots of white space.”
  • “I know very little about the pieces that make him up as a whole, but I fell like I know what kind of person all those pieces have made him. Maybe you don’t have to know a person’s history to realize who they are in the present.”