I received a gifted galley of THE HEART PRINCIPLE by Helen Hoang for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 8/31/2021
Rating: 4 / 5
THE HEART PRINCIPLE follows Anna and Quan. Anna is a violinist who achieved internet fame and is now struggling to even play a note. She is constantly caught up in the quest to be good enough, but knows she never can be. Meanwhile her boyfriend has decided that he wants to have an open relationship so he can see (sleep with) other women. With this new freedom, Anna meets Quan for a one night stand, but it doesn’t go as planned. Instead of one night, the pair slowly get to know each other. Each is dealing with struggles in their lives and grow to rely on the other more and more as the weight of additional struggles pile on.
This book was definitely not what I expected when I picked it up – it is much more of a heartbreaker than a cheerful romance. I did enjoy the way that Anna and Quan became friends before they became more to each other and appreciated their relationship.
What this book really excels at is delving into serious issues of autistic burnout, family pressures especially around mental health and diagnoses, depression and suicidal thoughts, end of life care and decisions, caregiver burnout, and more. The author’s note at the end explains that this novel was particularly close to home and that understanding and first hand experience comes through on the page. It definitely is a book to enter into in the right frame of mind, though, as a lot of this content could be potentially triggering.
This is an emotional read and one I did very much appreciate! THE HEART PRINCIPLE is available now!