I’m starting this (Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover) review with a quote from the book. “I’m at a point in my life where the outcome of my future won’t be determined by the outcome of any potential relationship.” Just because I, myself, is at that point in my life too. Lol.
Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, 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 and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has 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. It’s about to drag her heart out to sea.
Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover Review:
I went in blind on this book because I have high expectations when it comes to CoHo books. I was taken aback during the first half of the book. It felt like a young adult to me which is not what I’m expecting. Though it was a fast-paced story and it didn’t bore me, it felt corny borderline cringe to me. Hahaha! I’m sorry Samson and Beyah, maybe it’s just my age. I’m way too past that high school lover feels.
What I would say though is that the character development in this book was so good. Impressed, I am! It felt like I was growing with Samson and Beyah.
Another good thing is the portrayal of how real life really looks like. CoHo did an amazing job in not romanticizing poverty. We saw this both on Samson and Beyah’s characters. I also loved that the supporting characters had their own character development and they aren’t annoying as the usual supporting characters we usually read on genres like this.
I am a big ocean lover and it didn’t hurt that the major setting for this one and a big chunk of the book revolves around the ocean, the beach. It added to the fun experience while reading the book.
This book left me smiling at the end. Unlike Verity, this didn’t blow my mind but it is still a fun reading experience. Perfect for when you want to break that reading slump.
Rating this with 3.5/5 stars.