Review: Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

Heart Bones
by: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication date: Aug. 19, 2020
Genre: New Adult Romance

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 was a very emotional story. When Beyah gets home from work and finds that her mother overdosed, she calls the only “family” she has left, her father. A man who she hasn’t spoken to for years and who hasn’t seemed to want to help her out of the craphole she’s been living in. Having to trade “favors” for a little bit of money to buy food when she was 14, to having to fight off her mother’s rotation¬† of “boyfriend’s”. So, given the deplorable life she’s lived thus far, it would stand to reason the culture shock she goes through to end up at her father’s new beach front home.

I wish I could say a good portion of this story if Beyah finding herself and getting her confidence. However, this is a new adult romance. So, the majority of the story focuses on a boy. Which I was both saddened by, but in the end really appreciated. They meet on the ferry ride to her father’s house. He spots her picking up a piece of bread that was discarded on the deck, and eating it. Turns out, that boy is her next door neighbor. They find companionship in each other and a deep sadness that resonates within. They both seem to be fighters and survivors who know what it’s like to have to fight to survive. However, with Samson, you don’t actually know his whole story until the end. You know that he’s not your typical rich kid, but that’s about it.

I really enjoyed watching Beyah open up and let her guard down. She’s been through a lot in life, and it was nice to see her get to be carefree. I do wish that some things were a bit hashed out with Samsom’s background. I also wish the side characters had a bit more depth. They were kind of just background noise. With all that being said, I still really enjoyed this story. The author knows how to keep you interested and knows how to pace everything out perfectly.

3 Thoughts on “Review: Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

  1. Wow, yeah this does sound like an emotional book and story. That first paragraph sounded too much like my own teenage years for me to be comfortable enough to read this though so I think I’ll pass on this one.

  2. I am happy to see that this one worked so well for you, I know from what I hear, that this author really delivers on the emotional books. Glad it was a solid win for you

  3. I think I’m the only person left on earth that hasn’t read her books lol I think I read a novella. My hairdresser LOVES her and bugs me every time I go in to read her lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

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