Book Review: Matter of the Heart by Amy Fellner

Published May 10, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog



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.

My Thoughts:

Matter of the Heart was story about moving on after your dreams are no longer attainable. Abby Lipman is a competitive swimmer, she wakes up early and goes to practice, she practices in the after school and on the weekends. When she gets dizzy and blackouts one day after a swim meet, her parents take her to the doctor. Abby then finds out she has HCM (an enlarge heart), and will need to take medication that will keep her heart rate down. A slow heart rate means she would be able to swim very fast, which makes Abby’s entire world come crashing down.

I liked most of the characters in the story. One I couldn’t stand was Abby’s partner, Connor, I still want to know what his story was and if Alec was correct. Abby was such a likable person and dealt with her HCM the way any athlete would have. Who would want to give up the one thing their world surrounds.

This book was such a great read that I just read through in the matter of a couple of sittings. Once I finished the book, I wished there was more! I feel like these characters still have a story to tell.



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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.







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