“The power in the view from the mountaintop is from the climb.”
Heart Sister is an emotionally raw but hopeful story. It discovers powerful messages of the impact of healing through love, to be grateful for life, and that there is always light although everything seems dark. This book made me cry so much. I love books that make me cry, hence the 5 stars and a spot on my faves shelf yay. ...more
Heart Sister is a little difficult to review. Not because its a bad book, quite the opposite actually. I am afraid that I will not use the right words. Beautiful may be overused for this review, just to set your expectation. So let me try to share my thoughts and tell you the reason why you should have this book on your shelf.
The book has been compared to Five Feet Apart which I will not entirely agree with. Yes, they both touches t ...more
This book tore me apart. I found myself tearing up over and over again but I'm not quite sure if this book is sad. Which is saying a lot considering it centers on a 16 year old boy who just lost his twin sister, but Heart Sister is just such a raw, emotional, hopeful story.
Emmitt's sister, Minnie, was so full of life that her favorite hobby was shoving bits and pieces of it into others. Minnie was a 1 ...more
The characters are fully developed, richly detailed and I love how Michael F Stewart shows them growing and changing. Emmitt steals the show. It’s not awful enough that he lost his sister, but he lost his twin sister.
The movie that Emmitt is ...more
“Raw, real, and riveting. In Heart Sister, Stewart masterfully takes us on Emmitt’s poignant search for what might be found when all seems lost. Heartfelt and heart-wrenching, it is a powerful story of hope.” Caroline Pignat, two-time Governor General’s Award–winning author of Shooter, Greener Grass, and The Gospel Truth. ...more
Get ready to have a box of tissues ready because this book will definitely make you cry. It is beautiful, funny, emotional, and a wonderful read!
Emmitt is a wonderful character, and the perfect protagonist for the plot. While the story shows how he is trying to help others, we see that he also has unresolved feelings that he must face. Moreover, he does something so nice in each chapter that makes you root for him. Firstly, I ...more
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 g ...more
One thing I love about books from this publishing company is that usually the topic of the book is one that isn’t usually discussed. For this book, the subject is about being an organ donor and what that’s like as someone who lost a person who was a organ donor and someone who received an organ.
Emmitt is trying to hold on to his sister in any way he can. His mother cannot cope with what happened to her da ...more
Emmitt’s quest starts out well when he tracks down the man who got Minnie’s corneas and, as he ...more
Heart Sister is heart warming and heart breaking. It walks a fine line between not reading like a book for kids and not straying into material to old for teens. Emmitt has lost his twin sister and seeks out the recipients of her donor organs. What he finds is not what he expected but it might be what he needs.
The secondary characters are diverse and multi-faceted without taking over the story but it is Emmitt who really draws you in. He is st ...more
When someone you love dies, you lose a piece of yourself (or at least that's my experience.) When Emmitt's twin sister dies, he tries to find her again by tracking down the recipients whose lives were changed by receiving a donor organ from her.
There is so much to love about this novel, from the personalities of the twins, through the insights gained in the hunt. Told with a deft hand, and skillful handling of a most difficult subjec ...more
If you’re looking for a light read, this is not it. This is a profound story about grief, hope, love, and learning. Stewart does an excellent job balancing the seriousness of a broken family devastated by the loss of their daughter/sister w ...more
Oh my God.
This is, hands down, the best standalone I've ever read, and is underrated as heck. It isn't very frequent that I've felt so close to a character as I've felt to Emmitt, and the grief him and his family faced was portrayed to beautifully, hurtfully well that I found myself crying at school multiple times while reading. Every time a memory with Minnie came up, I honestly just couldn't handle it.😅
Everyone should read this book, even if I have to put a major trigger warning for ...more
First of all, that cover is eye-catching. I just had to see what this book was about. And then I read the book blurb. OMG. I have never read anything like this. I was so excited to get the opportunity to read it.
WHAT I LIKED
The story, the plot. This story is heartbreakingly beautiful. This is just a boy who lost his twin sister, his best friend, and he’s grieving while also trying to help his parents move on. To do that ...more
Heart Sister has been a really original read for me. From the moment I signed up for the tour, I know that the book was going to be about an intense subject, but I really couldn't imagine how the author was going to touch it.
As soon as I started the book, I couldn't ignore the Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close's vibe: there was a tragic death, a protagonist who survives this death and that goes on a mission to ela ...more
You know the videos, the ones circulating in your social media feed, a grieving family member leans to a stranger's chest, a stethoscope in their ears. They place the circle on the chest and listen. They listen to the heartbeat of their lost husband or son, mother or daughter, sister or brother. Tears start flowing from the organ recipient, ...more
"But I also envy people who have courage. I think envy tells us a lot about who we are and what is important to us. I envy the brave. In some ways, I'm still searching for my heart"
Thank you to Michael F. Stewart, Orca Books, and Xpresso Tours for a free eARC of Heart Sister in exchange for an honest review. You can pre-order it now to read it as soon as it releases in September! This review was originally posted on my blog, June Reads Books.
I inhaled this book in 24 hours, and can honest ...more
Emmit's sister Minnie died in a tragic accident. Her death gave life/ health to eight others. You see, Minnie was an organ donor. In an effort to help his mother heal, Emmit decides to create a virtual reality film of Minnie 'talking with' each of her organ recipients. But to do that, he needs to track them down and those names are kept confident ...more
Heart Sister by Michael F. Stewart is one the most interesting books I have read of 2020 (and I have read/reviewed 131 books to date). It is a book that will make you think, pull on your heart strings, and stick with you long after the book is finished.
Brilliant job on the graphics on the cover! It is so colorful and stands out as unlike all the rest that is out there. It ...more
Emmitt is an incredible character. His unimaginable and difficult mission to find and videotape his twin sister’s organ recipients in a virtual reality setting featuring his deceased sister, Minnie, is an extraordinary idea. In addition, his selfless and loving gesture in creating this film to help his mother come out of her depression of losing her daughter is a test ...more
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover and I don't typically, but I think it's worth mentioning – this cover is beautiful and it definitely caught my attention.
Emmitt is Minnie's twin brother and after her untimely death, he begins the mission of tracking down all of his "brothers" and "sisters." (aka the people who received his sister's organs). One, in particular, holds most of his ...more
The plot was really fast-paced. With a little bit flashback about how's Minnie when she's still a healty living girl, that one slowed me down for a few pages but still it is fun! I love ...more
• I was wanting to read this book because the subject matter is not something I have read before in a young adult novel.
• There's taxidermy and VR systems in this story as well which was very fascinating but if those don't interest you do not read this.
• The pros and cons of meeting organ recipients to families are also presented realistically in my opinion(sorry im trying not t ...more
Okay so after thinking about it a lot, I've decided to change my review for Heart Sister. I've dropped it by one star. This is not because my original post was a tour post; Xpresso Book Tours informs all reviewers that if they cannot honestly give a book a rating of 3 stars or higher, they can reach out to the company and get an excerpt to post instead. I gave it 3 stars because at that time, that was an hones ...more
Through this book, you travel along with Emmitt while he deals with the grief of losing his twin sister, Minnie. She died and donated her organs and he is on a mission to find out who got them. The National Donor Registry doesn't want him to find them so he uses social media and clues in the letters from the recipients. While searching f ...more
I just finished HEART SISTER and I am so NOT OKAY! My heart is somehow warm and fuzzy and bleeding and shattered.
Minnie, who we never meet, is completely alive through her twin brother’s memories of her. She was so full of life it is no wonder there was a gaping whole left in everyone who knew her when she died.
But Emmitt is hoping to fill that hole for his mother through collecting the pieces of Minnie scattered through the people who received her donated organ ...more
To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart. ...more