I received a copy of Heart Sister in exchange for my honest review.
All opinions are, of course, my own. I’d like to thank XPresso Book Tours for including me on this tour.
Michael F. Stewart is an award-winning author of many books for young people in various genres, including Ray Vs. the Meaning of Life, which earned a Kirkus Star and won the Publishers Weekly’s Booklife Grand Prize. and Heart Sister (Summer/Fall 2020, Orca Books). Michael lives in Ottawa.
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Famous First Words
“Six weeks following my sister’s death, I find her heart’s location.”
My Thoughts & Takeaways
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 focus – his ‘Heart Sister’ after she initiates contact via letters.
His motive for tracking them all down? To help his parents with their overwhelming grief of losing their young daughter. His mother is in a major depressive episode and his father has thrown himself into work and can’t even utter his daughter’s name.
Emmitt believes through making a film showing his parents how much of a difference his sister made that it will help their healing.
Stewart took something that is absolutely awful – losing not only a loved one, but a twin, and at a very young age – and turned it into something heartwarming and positive. The story is aimed towards young adults (or even younger) but as a 33-year-old woman, I loved it!