WARNING: some mild spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk!
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang.
Oh my gosh.
This book left me speechless, in the best way, and I cannot wait to tell you guys about it!
This book was my Book of the Month pick for August. At the end of this post, I’ll include a link you can use to subscribe to BOTM and get access to early-releases, debuts, and more for only $15 per month!
But first… let me tell you about what will likely be in my top books of 2021.
“When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.
That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.”
Let me first start this off by saying… I read this entire book on a Saturday. That is how amazing it is. I could not put it down. I did not leave the house. I neglected all of my chores. My husband made and brought me food.
I could not put this book down.
First, I felt like I could relate to Anna so much. A lot of our mannerisms are the same and we’ve also been treated the same by some people in our life.
And then there’s Quan… I’d like to apologize to my husband for having a crush on a fictional character. Quan is quite the catch, with the way he carries himself, his attitude towards life, and the way he fiercely supports Anna.
The Heart Principle is so raw and emotional. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, I literally felt all of the things.
It was also empowering and I feel like Anna sets a great example for readers everywhere when she receives her diagnosis, when she stands up for herself against family members, and especially as she starts to love and accept every single part of herself.
The Heart Principle gets five out of five paws from this reader!
My Favorite Quotes and Moments
“I see, and for the first time in my adult life, I don’t care that I’m making a scene. I haven’t hurt anyone. I shouldn’t be ashamed. I shouldn’t need to apologize. This is me.” – page 93
“You’re not hurting anyone. If a diagnosis can help improve your life, it’s the right one for you, and only you can know that.” – page 130
“I’ve destroyed everything good in my life.
Because I can’t say no.
Because I’m still trying to be something I’m not.” – page 262
“Am I also metamorphosing and changing into something better?” – page 322
Read This If You Love…
- Mental health struggles
- Family drama
- Romance and spiciness (yes, there’s sex)
- Light emotions mixed with heaviness
This was the first book I’ve read by Helen Hoang but definitely not the last! After reading through Goodreads reviews, I learned that so many fans were really looking forward to this book because of Quan. It sounds like he made an appearance in other books in this series (The Kiss Quotient series).
Be right back, going to read those ASAP.
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