Stella has a shot at a newish beginning. She has just received a heart transplant and after months of recovery, she is ready to go back to school and live like she hasn't lived before. She is happy to be back with her best friends, Brynn and Henry, even though she has left Henry hanging for far too long. Henry asked her out when she was sick but she didn't want him to be "the sick girl's boyfriend" and then have to be "the dead girl's boyfriend" if something went wrong. Stella isn't sure what she wants out of her new life, but she thinks it might not be safe old Henry. Plus, she's still dealing with the side effects of her transplant: hallucinations and a searing pain every day at 5:08 PM. It's hard enough just trying to pretend that everything is normal.
Then she sees the new boy, Levi. Levi is gorgeous. Levi is intense. And Stella doesn't feel the pain when Levi is around her. It isn't long before they become inseparable and Levi begins to educate Stella on music, taking her to concerts and in search of records. Stella longs for the relief she feels when she is around Levi, even when she begins to suspect that there is something very wrong with their relationship and something very wrong with him.
Then a girl is found dead and her heart has been cut out.
Okay, reasons I loved this: Even though I had an idea of what was going on, the twists and turns in the plot felt twisty and turny. They made me gasp. They made me need to shove the whole book in my face right this instant. It was entertaining even with the flaws. It tickled my horror bone, which needs tickling once in a while, and there was even some gore. Also, I really admired Stella's voice. I liked how determined she was to change and I related to her for that.