Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review & Giveaway: A Matter Of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy
A Matter of Heart
by Amy Fellner Dominy
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Publication Date: May 15th 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780385744430
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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Readers will happily sink into this emotionally grounded, contemporary young adult novel about the sudden end of one girl's Olympic swimming dreams and the struggles she endures before realizing there are many things that define who we are.

Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition. Now Abby is forced to discover who she is without the one thing that's defined her entire life.
I was definitely intrigued when A Matter of Heart crossed my radar. I’d had it on my to-read list for quite a while, and when the opportunity rose to review the book, I jumped on it, of course! I’m so glad I did. This book was a really wonderful, emotional read.

The story is about high school swimmer Abby Lipman, who has loved to swim all her life and is well on her way to qualifying for not only the state swim championship, but also Olympic swim trials as well. Everything changes for her one afternoon when a dizzy spell leads to Abby fainting at a swim meet, which leads to her being diagnosed with a deadly heart condition. How can Abby go on when she can no longer do the one thing she loves the most?

Abby was an interesting character. I really appreciated love and passion for her swimming, and her determination was definitely inspiring. I didn’t agree with everything that she did throughout the story, but I can see why she would make some of the decisions that she made. To be honest, I would have been completely terrified if I was her parents, but I thought her mother handled the situation beautifully, so kudos to her.

I love the storyline for the book. It’s about coming to terms with losing something you love more than anything, and dealing with how your new life is going to be. The book made me emotional more than a few times as I turned the pages. There were a few things that I felt were left hanging at the end of the story, but I suppose they weren’t important enough to really matter anyways. Otherwise this was a very enjoyable read for me.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading A Matter of Heart. It really was a great read. I can’t wait to read more by this author in the future; I’m especially looking forward the book she’s releasing in 2016, Die For You. It sounds awesome as well. I hope you check her books out!


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1 comment:

  1. sounds like a beautiful read although I feel that I won't be able to completely connect with the heroine though... but I'll still keep this in mind. great review! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project


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