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Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

I get it now; I get why more Colleen Hoover books were sold in 2022 than the bible. I'd seen them everywhere and heard all about her books on BookTok, but still put off picking one up myself. I suppose I thought how good could they really be?

But then I read Heart Bones and understood the hype. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)

While it wasn't necessarily a profound or complex book, it didn't need to be for me to enjoy every minute of it. I think that's because it has everything you want in a good book. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me want to root for the characters and see the best in them. It had romance and it had an air of mystery. The details made it easy to paint of picture of the book in my head, without being unnecessary and weighing down the book.

Now that I've finished it, I've answered all the questions I had before starting and while I was reading the book, as well as provided you with five books like Heart Bones to read next.

What Is Heart Bones About?

Beyah Grim isn't a typical carefree 19-year-old. Her father is absent, her mother is an addict, the trailer she lives in with her mother is in shambles, and she's working at McDonald's trying to make enough money just to eat. So, when her mother dies of an overdose and she's forced to move into a beach house on the coast in Texas with her estranged father and his new family, she's thrown into a whole new life - one where she can spend her days on the beach, not worrying about where her next meal will come from.

It's there that she meets Samson - the handsome next-door neighbor. While the two initially refuse to be set up, in time, they naturally gravitate toward one another, but they both have secrets. Will those secrets bring them together or tear them apart?

Is Heart Bones Appropriate?

Not only does Heart Bones deal with difficult subject matter such as drugs and addiction, but it also contains sexual content that might not be suitable for younger audiences. So, no, Heart Bones is not appropriate. However, it is a personal choice for you to make whether you are comfortable reading about those elements of the book or not.

How Long Does It Take to Read Heart Bones?

If you're looking for a quick and easy read, then you've come to the right place. According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 4 hours and 16 minutes to read Heart Bones.

Is Heart Bones a Spicy Book? What Are the Spicy Chapters?

While it's not the spiciest book I've ever read (Ana Huang and Tessa Bailey, I'm looking at you), Heart Bones does have a bit of spice. If you're looking for the spicy chapters, skip ahead to chapters 18, 20, and 22.

Is Heart Bones a Standalone?

Yes, Heart Bones is a standalone book. If you liked it though, there are several other Colleen Hoover standalone books you can choose from, including:

  • Verity

  • Reminders of Him

  • November 9

  • Ugly Love

  • Regretting You

  • All Your Perfects

  • Confess

  • Without Merit

  • Layla

  • Too Late

How Old Are Beyah and Samson in Heart Bones?

In Heart Bones, Beyah Grim is 19 years old and Samson (aka Shawn Samson Bennett) is 20 years old.

What Did Dakota Do to Beyah?

After driving Beyah home one day, Dakota kisses her and then offers her $40 for a blowjob. She continues to have sex with Dakota in exchange for money so that she can pay for necessities, like food.

Is Rake Samson's Dad?

Yes, Rake is Samson's dad in Heart Bones. After Samson's mom drowned, his dad wanted to be close to her, so they lived together on a boat on the ocean. But when Hurricane Ike hit, Rake refused to take shelter and went back to the boat after leaving 13-year-old Samson at a church for safety. Unfortunately, Rake died in the storm and his bones are the bones Samson finds with Beyah and buries at sea.

What Is the Secret Samson Keeps From Beyah?

Samson keeps many secrets from Beyah. They include:

  • He is not rich. In reality, he is like Beyah in that they were both left to fend for themselves at a young age.

  • He is an orphan. His mother drowned when he was 5 years old and his father is Rake, who died during Hurricane Ike when Samson was 13 years old.

  • The "rental homes" that his parents own are actually other people's homes that he stays in while the owners are away without permission.

  • He has warrants out for his arrest for breaking and entering, parole violations, and arson (Samson later explains that the arson was due to faulty wiring).

  • He told Beyah he was going to the Air Force Academy when in reality he was going to turn himself in.

Does Heart Bones Have a Sad Ending?

Don't worry, Heart Bones has a happy ending! After cutting off communication with Beyah from prison, Beyah tells her father the truth about her mother and they begin the process of building a relationship. Her father is able to convince her to stick to her plan of going to college by asking her what Samson would want her to do. Beyah then moves away to school and lives the normal life of a college student.

Years later when Samson is released from prison early, Beyah is there waiting for him. He's happy that she lived her life while he was away and is proud that she is in law school. After reuniting, they return to the beach where they met, where Samson finds out that Marjorie left him her house when she passed as a thank you for all the good he did her and the community.

Is Boliver Peninsula from Heart Bones a Real Place?

Yes, if you want to visit the place where Heart Bones took place you can because Boliver Peninsula in Texas is a real place.

5 Books Like Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

There's a lot to love about Heart Bones, so it makes total sense that you would want to find something like it to read next. To help you narrow down your options, here are five books that are similar to Heart Bones in some way or another.

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

1. Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

Why do all the people in books find love in small beach towns? All the people I've ever met in small beach towns are elderly. Anyways, like Heart Bones, this is the premise of Good Girl Complex. In it, Mac moves to Avalon Bay where she has no intention of falling in love. That is until she meets the local bad boy, Cooper Hartley. Like Samson, Cooper has a few secrets of his own that he keeps from Mac that will put the love they have for each other at risk when they come out.

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

2. Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Unlike some of the other books on this list, Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan has been around for a while now (since 2016). In that time, it earned itself a 4.12/5 rating on Goodreads from over 195,000 reviewers, which in my experience says something good awaits. In it, Bree and Archer meet in a sleepy beach town in Maine. The description says, "It's the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice." That to me sounds very similar to what we saw between Beyah and Samson in Heart Bones.

The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther

3. The Summer of Broken Rules by K. L. Walther

Not only is this book based on Taylor Swift lyrics, but The Summer of Broken Rules has noticeable similarities to Heart Bones that make it a great option for you to jump into next. Here's the description: "Meredith's family's annual game of assassin at Martha's Vineyard during a summer wedding is the perfect chance to honor her sister's legacy, and finally join the world again. But when she forms an alliance with a cute groomsman, she's at risk of losing both the game … and her heart."

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

4. Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

One thing that Heart Bones and Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey have in common is that both have main characters with a criminal past. In Window Shopping, Stella was in prison for an armed robbery that she deeply regrets. When she gets out, she believes that mistake will forever stand in the way of her dream job. But when she meets Aiden, he sees her potential and doesn't believe her past should keep her from doing what she was clearly meant to do. While he starts off as her boss, Stella and Aiden quickly become something much more.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

5. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

I've seen Every Summer After all over BookTok but it was only once when I started looking for books to read next like Heart Bones, that realized the two books had similar vibes but would also be different in an interesting way. Tell me this doesn't sound fantastic: "Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever."


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