Monday, April 21, 2014

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Life. Death. And...Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.
But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
~Goodreads

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Amanda, age 18

This was one of those books that I didn't expect to like as much as I did. Emma’s story of survival without her mother and living with her stepdad, who she doesn’t necessarily like, let me truly feel what it would be like to be in her place. Although I can’t relate in my own life, the way Scott wrote the book made me feel like I really could relate to Emma's character. She wrote in a way that made me stand up and cheer for Emma, to fight for what she wanted and what she deserved.

Bad boy Caleb was definitely a hottie and his relationship with Emma was so cute and unique; it made the story that much better. The two seemed like they were one of those couples that you wouldn't necessarily pair together on your own. Like it said in the summary, the old Emma wouldn’t have been as interested but I have a feeling they were always meant to be together. Their hard lives and struggles make their relationship that much stronger and that much more real.


Overall this book was an interesting read and different from most of the other contemporary books I’ve read. The plot was suspenseful, original and very entertaining. I’d recommend this book if you want a "real life" feel in a YA book with a unique angle.

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Happy reading,
Amanda, age 18

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this book! I really loved it - so much love! I actually experienced something similar to that of Emma - but with my aunt, instead of my mother. In the end, my aunt lived, gave birth to the baby EXTREMELY prematurely, and my baby cousin died hours later. He had one or two more weeks left in the womb before he was supposed to be healthy enough to be taken out and put in an incubator... but he didn't make it. But anyway, I found this story to be very powerful and touching. And as fiction, I loved it!

    Fantastic review, Amanda!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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