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Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby. 291 p. HarperTeen, April, 2015. 9780062299437.
Publisher synopsis: After Quinn’s boyfriend, Trent, dies in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the fragments of her now-unrecognizable life. But whoever received Trent’s heart has chosen to remain silent. The essence of a person, Quinn has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then in a way, she will still have a piece of him.
First line: I don't know how I knew, when the sirens woke me just before dawn, that they were for him.
Page 56: "Hi, may I please speak to Quinn Sullivan?" The voice is male, formal.
"This is me-she." I roll my eyes at myself. "This is Quinn."
"Oh." He clears his throat. "Hi. You, um…I think you hit my bus yesterday? You left a note with this number?"
"I did," I say, taking my coffee to the island. "I'm so sorry. I know I should've stayed and waited for you to get back, but I cut my lip and ended up needing stitches, and-" The doorbell rings. "I'm sorry; there's someone at the door. Can I call you right back?"
This was languishing on my TBR pile at home so I decided to donate it to my library. I just finished cataloging it and was about to put it on the shelf but I opened and started reading instead.