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, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.


Heart Bones begins with the horrific sadness of Beyah’s life and how her mother’s death tosses her into the morass of uncertainty and loss. What she does have to hold onto, however, is her college scholarship in August. She just has to get through the summer.

Reconnecting with her absent father takes her to an island off of Houston, Texas, where she plans to hold it together in the meantime. So many empty days to fill. But suddenly there is someone, a young man named Samson, living right next door to her father whose sadness is a thing that draws them together, bonding them in unexpected ways.

Just when they begin to truly connect, even while knowing they will separate by summer’s end, something shocking happens that changes everything.

I loved this story, filled with so much sadness. But their hope and joy sustained them, as they clung to the belief that hearts cannot break because they have no bones.

Their love could not possibly last through all of the challenges they faced. Could it? I know that I kept rooting for them to the end. 5 stars.



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