Book Review: Out of Heart by Irfan Master

When this proof landed in my hands, the first I noticed was the Graffiti Me in the back cover (see pic at the end), I knew then this was going to be a special book:

Title: Out of Heart
Author: Irfan Master
Publised: April 20th 2017 by Hot Key Books

Blurb: Donating your heart is the most precious gift of all.

Adam is a teenage boy who lives with his mum and younger sister. His dad has left them although lives close by. His sister no longer speaks. His mum works two jobs. Adam feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders.

Then his grandfather dies and in doing so he donates a very precious gift - his heart. 

William is the recipient of Adam's grandfather's heart. He has no family and feels rootless and alone. In fact, he feels no particular reason to live. And then he meets Adam's family. 

William has received much, but it appears that he has much to offer Adam and his family too.

A powerful tale of love and strength in adversity.

Review: As soon as I got this book, I knew it was going to be something special, and I was not wrong at all. What a beautifully written story. This is not a very long book, it can definitely be read in a couple of evenings, and the plot is quite simple but somehow, it really got to me. It revolves around Adam and his family. They have just lost their grandparent and learned that he donated his heart, so imagine their surprise when the person who is now living with that same heart, William, turns up at their door.

As a friendship blossoms between William and this family, we learn more about their grief, how they are handling it and what other problems they are facing. These are not few. The story handles a lot more issues like poverty, domestic violence or racism, but it also talks about friendship, love and art. It combines positive and negative story lines perfectly to end up creating an inspiring and touching story.

One of my favourite aspects about this book is the insight we get in Adam's notebook. He likes writing about what is going on around him in a very special way, playing with words and feelings. I found his creations fascinating and I would have loved to be able to see his drawings too. He was definitely the most important and developed character in the story and it was difficult not to care for him. In contrast, we didn't really got to know the other characters. I have to say though, that even if I would have loved knowing more about some of them, like his sister, I didn't feel like we were missing anything important about them, we learned enough about them to make the story work. And not knowing more probably made them more interesting.

All in all, I loved this coming of age story. The writing was beautiful. In fact, I'd say it was beautifully simple, almost poetic. I'd recommend this story to anyone looking for a quick but compelling read with a few surprises in store. 

Rating: 5 stars

I´d like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion. 

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