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Young Adult Indie 1037
A terrific story about life, death, and closure
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The story:

When Emmitt’s twin sister Minnie dies in a tragic accident, it cripples not only him but his parents with grief. A letter from an anonymous organ transplant recipient arrives soon after, thanking his family for the gift that saved his life. Emboldened, Emmitt seeks to track down every person who received a part of his beloved sister. What he finds is a lot more than he bargained for, and thus embarks on a journey that may just be his family’s only chance to heal.

What I loved:

The voice. I could tell from the first page that the author was writing from personal experience, and that shines through. This story had the potential to be bleak and sad and soooooo depressing, but there is more than enough humor and quirky fun and unexpected turns to balance out the more emotional parts. Emmitt is a wonderful character, innocent and naïve in many ways, but with an ingenuity and a never-say-die attitude that any reader won’t help but love.

What I didn’t love:

There were times when the format vacillated between a book narrative and that of a screenplay, which at times I felt was jarring. I know it served a purpose as it incorporated Minnie more completely into the story, but there were times when it felt unnecessary. Other than that, I really had no issues with anything about this book.

My Final Verdict:

Heart Sister is a wonderful story that will have you reaching for your box of tissue over and over again. It will make you cry, and laugh, and give you the warmest of warm fuzzies. No two people deal with gut-wrenching grief the same way, but one can’t read this book and not feel as if it’s happening to a stranger. It’s a truly remarkable work of fiction, even though much of it was based on events from the author’s life.
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