Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah’s parents ever gave her. Forced to carve her own path alone, 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 for herself and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim.
Forced to call her last resort, Beyah has no other option than 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, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.
“You aren’t shallow.” I say quietly. “Shallow people don’t stare at the ocean as deeply as you do.”
Colleen Hoover is one of my all time favourite authors, an auto buy author for me, I usually end up devouring her books in one sitting, and I did exactly that with Heart Bones.
This story follows Beyah, a feisty and independent young girl who has already been through so much in her life. We follow her as she summers with her estranged father after a tragedy at home. Her step sister immediately befriends Beyah and plans their summer, which leads to Samson, a young seemingly rich boy who lives in the house next door.
There is a whole lot of fun to be had in their summer, with a lot of drama and secrets thrown in. There was a few times I was genuinely surprised, not expecting some things, I honestly wasn’t sure how this story would play out, something I love when reading a book.
I adored Beyah, she was tough and secretive and had a lot of baggage but she was smart and sweet and determined, her character was so well written and developed. I loved reading about her posts and how she comes into herself.
Samson was such a great character too, the mystery that comes with him is brilliant, I had no idea what he might be hiding, I kept trying to guess, but was night right at all. I loved that, it made the romance in the book that much more interesting.
I loved the side characters too, and how they kind of just accepted Beyah and they all eventually grew closer as she opened herself up more and accepted that there was way more for her. Also, I adored P.J, he was a great character! And the setting was one of those portrayed so well, I could do vividly picture it all in my head, I love books like that, I am a vivid reader, but some books play out clearer than others, this was so clear.
And, the ending. Just wow! I didn’t think I was going to cry in this one, CoHo has a way of making people cry in a lot of her books, I got until about 90% before there were a few tears shed. The end wrapped up the book so well, and the characters, I was so pleased with that ending.
Like all Colleen Hoover books I highly recommend this, it’s more of a YA this time, she has so many books in different genres though that I’m sure there’ll be something for you! Her writing is always too notch and her story telling is just plain wonderful. Heart Bones was such a great read, and now I cant wait for the next CoHo masterpiece!