Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blog Tour Review+Playlist+GIVEAWAY: A Matter of Heart

A Matter of Heart

by Amy Fellner Dominy

Publisher: Delacorte

Release Date: May 2015
Readers will happily sink into this emotionally grounded, contemporary young adult novel about the sudden end of one girl's Olympic swimming dreams and the struggles she endures before realizing there are many things that define who we are. 
Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition. Now Abby is forced to discover who she is without the one thing that's defined her entire life.
Amazon paperback

My Rating: 4 stars

A Matter of Heart is a heart wrenching book. It is so hard to read Abby's story, because of how important swimming is to her; I could not wait to see how it would end.

Abby is such a relatable character, which makes her story so much better and hard to read. This could be me if I had this condition; how she reacts to finding out she has HCM could have easily been me. 

The way she deals with it may not be the smartest route to go, but it was definitely understandable. Imagine having your hopes and dreams shattered with one diagnosis; it would be so hard to just accept and cope with that. You'd do anything you could to try and reverse it; and that is what Abby does.

Her friend Jen is there to be the sensible girl that Abby needs in her life. I liked their friendship; I thought she and Abby complemented each other.

The one relationship I did not like was Alec and Abby. I know that this is a Young adult book and therefore NOT having romance in here is sacrilege or something, but I feel like having Abby go through this without the distraction of a romance would have been better for me. I did like Alec's backstory and everything, just not him and Abby together.

Like I said before, I could not wait to see how this ended; would Abby get a happy ending, or what? I obviously won't spoil anything, but I will say that I was left satisfied.

This is a shorter but very compelling book. Abby's story really moved me; I really enjoyed it.

My Playlist of Songs I Need To Exercise To:
These are all the songs on my workout playlist. There's not really a theme to any of them, except for they all have a fastish beat:

Danza Kuduro: Don Omar y Lucenzo
Baby Don't Lie: Gwen Stefani
Chandelier: Sia
Another Night: Real McCoy
Dare: Shakira
Hey Brother: Avicii
Hips Don't Lie: Shakira
NiƱa Bonita: Chino y Nacho
Immortals: Fall Out Boy
Oh No!: Marina and the Diamonds
Lose Yourself: Eminem
Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny): A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls


Amy Fellner Dominy worked as a copywriter in the advertising business before leaving to earn her MFA in playwriting. Her plays for adults and children have been staged in various cities around the country. Amy's novels for teens include OyMG (Walker, 2011) and AUDITION & SUBTRACTION (Walker, 2012.) Amy's next book is a contemporary YA coming Spring, 2015 from Random House. It's called A MATTER OF HEART.


  1. I've seen mainly positive reviews about this one, it does sound pretty awesome though :) I love books about sporty girls. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I haven't read many books about sporty girls, but I seem to like them so I guess I do as well, haha! Thanks Benish :)

  2. This one sounds wonderful! I wish I'd heard more about it... Abby sounds great, and I can't even imagine what I'd do in her situation. I'm sure she has tremendous growth in this book. The romance does seem a bit frivolous, I think it would detract from her self-discovery journey and such... Awesome review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. Yeah, frivolous is a good word to use. And it was really kind of angsty too. But other than that it is such a good book. :) Thanks Rach!


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