BOOK REVIEW: Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover


Title: Heart Bones
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: January 31, 2023
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Romance
Pages: 368


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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.


A little bit ago I read my first Colleen Hoover book for my book club.  I enjoyed it and picked up Verity someplace as my vacation read, which, I never got around to read because I was so tired the entire trip.  I finally listened to the book a few months ago and loved it.  While I am not on the massive CoHo train like some people are I do enjoy her books.  So this spring I picked up this book plus another one to add to my collection.  I was exited to read it because a girl I worked with was reading it at the same time, granted she finished long before I did but still it was a talking point.   

Beyah is a product of a one night stand persay.  Her Mom is a hard core druggie.  She is used to coming home from the job that she has to have if she wants to actually eat and finding her mother completely gorked out on the couch in a heroin stupor.  One thing leads to anther and she is forced to call her father whom she hasn’t actually had contact with really in a long time and ask if she can come and stay with him for the summer but neglects to tell him why.  While she is with her father she meets rich boy Samson.  Is he everything that he says he is or is he something else?

I think I devoured this book in like four days.  I listened to it while I cleaned and everything.  It was good, however I wished that there was something more to the ending.  I thought the ending was good but I needed more.  Like did they actually end up together after everything that happened, like after the book ended did they stay together.  

While I liked the book and devoured it, I thought that some of the book was lacking, especially since I followed the book Verity with this book.  I thought that at times the characters seemed one dimensional.  It was always one thing after another of bad luck that happened to Beyah.  I understand that she had a rough life but it was over the top at times.  While this is my opinion it didn’t lower the star rating that I gave it because the book was still good.  I honestly didn’t see the twist that came with Samson.  While the book started to hit at something I wouldn’t have guess that is what it was.  I thought the dynamic between sister and half sister was nice.  She was so excited to have a half sister even if Beyah was a bit leary at first if her half sister was sincere or not.  The big thing that rubbed me wrong was the fact that Beyan waited sooooo long to tell her Dad about her Mom.  I don’t understand her reasoning.  That was a major life event that she shouldn’t have held so tight to her chest.  I can’t wait to read more book by CoHo.  I have several waiting in the wings already.  

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