Hearts are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson @LiteraryDust #Review #Contemporary #YA #Recommended

Book Review


I have been waiting for ages to post this review!

Since I had dedicated October to spooky, Halloween related things, this little gem had to wait. So, without further ado….

Hearts are Like Balloons (Release Date: June 30th)

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

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My Thoughts…

Such a wonderful, relatable story! Some aspects are heartbreaking but there is also a lot of love and humor.

Every character is unique and adds a layer of depth which is crucial when dealing with such a tough subject matter. May, the protagonist is a likeable character and it was an honor to go on this journey of self-discovery with her.

The book starts with May’s father dying (Which the blurb tell you!), and how May initially reacts. What decisions she feels she must make, not just for herself but for her mother, and how she goes through the grieving process. Her choices and actions send her on a path where she meets new friends, finds first love and finally, acceptance.

I really enjoyed this book (So many feels!). Everything about it is so authentic. I mean, you can actually put yourself in the characters’ shoes and think “Hmm, I would do that.” or “Yes, I think that’s how I would deal with that.”, which makes for  such a special reading experience.

I’ve read Candace’s horror series, which is fantastic, but it’s clear she has a knack for contemporary fiction as well. It’s a great story guys, give it a read!

Rating… B+

Available on Amazon  (Psst the Kindle edition is only $0.97 right now!)

About the Author


Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

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