Leah McKenzie is a white high school senior who is waiting for her third heart. She’s on the transplant list, but due to a rare blood type she’s decided to accept her death.
One afternoon Leah receives a call that they have a heart for her, one that will replace the external, mechanical heart that’s been keeping her alive since her own stopped working. That same day, classmate and longtime crush Matt Kenner, who’s also white, has lost his twin brother to a fatal gunshot wound to the head—his is Leah’s new heart. Eric Kenner’s death is being ruled as a suicide, but Matt doesn’t think that makes sense. Things get weird when both Matt and Leah learn they’ve been having the same recurring dream, reliving Eric’s last moments. Leah and Matt work together to find out what actually happened that night, pursuing justice for Eric. They also grow closer, each helping the other heal from the painful event in their lives. Hunter’s portrayals of the characters and their emotions, and of Leah’s life that walks so close to death, are genuine and full of the hard truths of living with chronic illness. Leah’s first-person narration alternates with Matt’s third person, occasionally changing mode to emulate the styles of the books Leah loves. The vast majority of the characters are white.
Writing from personal experience, Hunter delivers a read that’s both absorbing and honest. (author’s note) (Paranormal romance. 14-18)