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Title: A Matter of Heart
Author: Amy Fellner Dominy
Publication Date: May 12, 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.
Thanks to the author and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Abby Lipman has swam practically her whole life. When a fainting episode lands her in a doctor’s office, her Olympic dreams are on the line. She is diagnosed with a heart condition that she will live with for the rest of her life. Determined to not let her disorder get in the way of her dreams, Abby decides she will stop at nothing to achieve her dreams of winning Olympic gold.
One characteristic of Abby’s I loved so much was her determination. She had clear goals and worked very hard for what she wanted. When she is diagnosed with her disorder, she refuses to believe that it can hold her back. She fails to realize how deadly her disease is and almost compromises her life because of her denial.
While the relationship situations were slightly predictable, I was happy with how they turned out. I’ll keep who Abby ends up with a secret, but let’s just say Abby made the right decision! I also really liked Abby’s best friend. She was the perfect example of a true best friend, loyal, caring, and thoughtful.
All and all, I really enjoyed this book. A Matter of Heart is a book that shows us what it’s like to truly “have heart.”
4 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
My sports topic is The Perfect Outfit! I played tennis all throughout high school. When I tried out for the team, I was only doing it because my friends were (peer pressure, right?), but I ended up loving it! I don’t play as much now, but I still love tennis to pieces! It’s one of those games that you can play your entire life. I have played with people who have been 60 years+ and they were amazing! It’s a great sport that you can play for a very long time!
Check out that skirt! Another reason I love tennis is the fact that you can still be girly while playing a sport. Plus that outfit ideas are endless! Hats are essential. Nothing is worse than being blinded by the sun when you are attempting to find the tennis ball that was hit towards you. Oh my, the tan lines. If you have ever played an outdoor sport then you understand. Tan lines on your feet, legs, back, face. The tan lines are endless! This is why sunscreen is another important essential! Of course, everyone’s perfect outfit is different, but this is everything I need to play the sport I love!