Book Name: Heart Sister
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: September 15th, 2020
Published By: Orca Book Publishers
Book Acquired: ARC, Xpresso Book Tours
After his twin sister, Minnie, dies in an accident, Emmitt’s world goes sideways. He’s lost his best friend and it feels like the 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 the results of 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.
What do I say? This book tore me up in every chapter. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a beautiful book on siblings. The cover is creative and gives the sense of the story in one page. The title is perfect and I love how each and every aspect of the book fits perfectly together.
I picked up the book not knowing how this story will play out, but I was blown out of my senses. Emmit, our protagonist is a twin brother who loses his sister in an accident. What Minnie does is an exceptional gesture that points to her being selfless in this world where humanity is of utmost need. Organ donation isn’t something that we hear about that frequently, and the author has done a beautiful job at portraying it.
Feeling dejected at the loss of his twin, Emmit goes out of his way to piece his sister back together organ by organ. He knows that if he does this, and makes his movie, it’ll forever be known of Minnie’s kindness and selfless actions. He starts contacting the patients that have received Minnies organs and makes a beautiful film.
On the way, through him, I got to learn so much about the process of organ donorship and with that the life stories of every individual that gets Minnie’s organ. The difficult part was to connect with the person that had Minnie’s heart. Something that only a brother could achieve by hook or by crook. The means used by Emmit made me cry with joy at the determination that a brother holds for his sister.
The little glimpse we got of Minnie when she was alive also shows what an intelligent and wonderful person she was. I haven’t heard of any young girl such as Minnie be interested in taxidermy, the way she was. It’s was captivating to read about such a hobby.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. The pain, the heartbreak, the drama, the love, the laughs, and the relationships have been written impeccably. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a tear-jerker, beautiful book on siblings!