Although it’s been a couple of weeks since I read this book, I haven’t been able to shake it. Hearts are Like Balloons is the kind of book that, after you read it, it stays with you. It gets under your skin and doesn’t let you go. I say this in a good way. In the way where you want to pick the book back up and read it all over again. It follows you around, bringing up scenes in your head and you find yourself feeling emotions all over again. A couple weeks out and this is still happening to me. I was deeply affected by the beginning when May lost her father. I felt as though I was going through it with her, along side of her. I felt the same as things in her life shifted, when she met Violet and Niko. Candace Robinson knows how to write characters in such a way that they really come to life off the pages. I am a very character driven reader, so this is very important to me for me to really enjoy a book
Speaking of the characters, May was a very strong young girl who experienced a lot at a young age. I liked May a lot. I liked her wit, her strength, her passion and she really had a wonderful heart. Niko…sweet Niko…the perfect boyfriend for May. There really isn’t anything negative I could say about Niko…he’s just about perfect. Just about. Jessie, May’s best friend. The bestest of best friends. Jessie was great. Violet, Niko’s purple loving sister. Violet is a bit of a crazy artist, but also a good sister and a good friend to May. Jana, May’s mother. May and her mom have been through a lot, but remained close through it all. Jana was a really good mom.
I loved this book!! This book touches the heart. It will make you cry, laugh, smile, cry again, laugh some more….you get the picture. ALL THE FEELS!!!! This deserves more than 5 stars for me and one I won’t soon forget!!
This is the playlist for Hearts are Like Balloons:
- P!nk – Try
- The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
- Snow Patrol – New York
- Sia – Breathe Me
- CHVRCHES – Recover
- Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
- Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
- The Cure – Lovesong
- Jewel – You Were Meant For Me
- Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
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