Review: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae


Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.
She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point.
She knows she needs to find her father.
She’s missed so much that her friends have left her behind.
She’s felt so helpless for so long that she’s let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. And now she barely knows where to start on her own.

And then there’s Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn’t make it. And now she’s supposed to face all of this without him.

But her new heart is a bold heart.

She just needs to learn to listen to it . . . 

Rating: 4-stars


The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland is a heartbreaking read. For fans of The Fault in Our Stars, this is a must read for you! I cannot recommend it enough. This story is well-written and well-crafted. The only downside at all, for me, was the way it was put together. The chapters were shaped like blog posts. Which of course is what the main protagonist does; however, it was more of let me tell you than let me show you type of reading. Or that was how it read to me. Other than that, this book gave enough to know the character and what she was going through. All the details of how, when, where, and why and the difficulty she had before and after (moving on) was done beautifully.

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