I went into The Heart Principle with fairly high expectations because I loved both previous books in the series, and my anticipation only increased with all the bookstagram love and features and oh my god this book did NOT disappoint!
Synopsis Via Goodreads
I have been waiting for Quan’s story since book one and this was everything I hoped it would be and more – can you say ultimate book boyfriend?! This story pulled you in from the start and both Quan and Anna were the most likeable of characters, with their own personal challenges, insecurities and struggles that they were facing alone and together. There was also an emphasis on self-compassion and self-acceptance, which I think are so important and something we could all learn to incorporate into our lives a little more.
As with the previous two books, autism plays a key part of this story, as does family – their dynamics and expectations, mental health, post-illness dating, the struggles and challenges caregivers face, cultural differences, and creative struggles.
This book is one of my favourites so far this year and it’s made me want to read the first two in the series all over again.
I cannot stress this enough, but if you do nothing else, please please stick around and read Hoang’s authors note at the end. It is honest, raw, touching and so personal. I related to certain elements so much and I think many people will read both this book and this note and realise that they are not alone, as I hope Hoang does when reciving feedback on this book. I can only imagine how terrifying but hopefully freeing it was to put thought thoughts and feelings into words and onto paper and then launching them into the world and I thank Hoang for her honesty because it made me feel seen as well as providing me with a greater understanding for some of the topics and issues she discussed that I myself don’t have personal experience of.
Highly, highly recommend this book, author, and series!
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Note: this is the third is a series, however you are able to read each of these as a standalone.