Title: Heart Sister
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this e-copy to review. All opinions are my own.
“After Emmitt’s twin sister, Minnie, dies in an accident, his world goes sideways. He’s lost his best friend and it feels like his family is falling apart without her. But Minnie was an organ donor and Emmitt soon receives an anonymous thank you letter from one of the transplant recipients. Inspiration strikes, and he decides to try and put his sister back together, in spirit. He’s going to track down each organ recipient and film them to show his parents Minnie’s selfless act and help them move on. But when each recipient falls short of his expectations and the star of his film, the girl who received his sister’s heart, refuses to meet him, Emmitt has to turn to extreme measures to find her. What he doesn’t know is that his “heart sister” is hiding an agonizing secret, one that could push Emmitt to the breaking point.” (Goodreads)
One thing I love about books from this publishing company is that usually the topic of the book is one that isn’t usually discussed. For this book, the subject is about being an organ donor and what that’s like as someone who lost a person who was a organ donor and someone who received an organ.
Emmitt is trying to hold on to his sister in any way he can. His mother cannot cope with what happened to her daugher. His father stays busy working and doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Every person deals with grief in a different way and this book does a great job of showing that.
This book is written in first-person and it comes from Emmitt. The way he finds his sister’s organs is quite questionable but it’s understandable to want to hold onto something. I did like the interactions between him and the receivers. There was definitely some good moments about alcoholism, changing/growing, and just getting a second chance at life. We don’t realize how lucky we are until our life is in jeopardy.\
I’m not going to lie, this book was a very emotional read. I had tears every now and then. I have never had to lose someone in this way but I have lost someone close to me and its easy to understand grief. This book will definitely punch you in the feels.
Overall, if you want an emotional read or just one that talks about organ donors then I’d recommend this book. It’s an important topic and one that isn’t talked about enough.