Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Publication date: March 1st 2014 (first published January 1st 2009)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of pages: 223
Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Source: Purchased. This is my honest opinion.
Does life go on when your heart is broken?
Since her mother’s sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She’s being kept alive on machines for the sake of the baby growing inside her.
Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crushes, college plans—Emma has only her best friend to remind her to breathe. Until she meets a boy with a bad reputation who sparks something in her—Caleb Harrison, whose anger and loss might just match Emma’s own. 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?
Let’s be honest here: we’re all good people. I actually had no expectations when I went into this book. No good ones, no bad ones. Pretty cray.
When ever I say “cray”, I always want to say “fish”. Ya know, as in “crayfish”.
But really, I was actually mucking around when I started reading this. I was in a total not-reading mode. I had read a 49 page book that night purely because it was a 49 page book and I felt guilty for not having read in a while. Then I picked up Heartbeat, just randomly. But that’s when I knew…
That we were going to be married.
Well, no. But I knew that I’d finally found a book I could stick through reading.
The things dealt with in this novel were just chronic. Everything the main character and her stepdad went through was just so, so painful. It really makes you question yourself and your ethics. What’s right and what’s wrong.
I have to say that my favourite character was easily Dan. Emma’s stepdad. I sympathised with him so much and he almost tore me to shreds. You could tell how much pain he was in, from his wife, from his stepdaughter and from his unborn son. And every time Emma said something awful to him, I could practically feel his pain.
I wanted to scream at Emma a lot of the time. Her character was so frustrating. She hurt everyone around her because she was hurting. She was really quite self-centred to tell the truth, and I felt awful for Olivia (doesn’t she have a wonderful name?!) when every thing that Emma said was about how badly she was dealing with her grief. Please, don’t call me insensitive, but I don’t like the way she dealt with her grief. And it was totally wrong of her to blame Dan.
But again, I think that’s part of the whole theme.
I thought that the pacing and length of the story were pretty much dead-on. Perfect length. Really. In that time Caleb and Emma’s relationship had enough time to bloom from zero to head-over-heels on the love scale. I loved their relationship, just a little FYI there. And I loved her relationship with Olivia too (and not just because of her gorgeous name). The pacing was great because it kept the story moving and interesting, which I find can be a little iffy in contemporaries. And I need to read more of her books.
Heartbeat will tear your heart, make it ache and make it break. Go on, let it.
Meteor shower. A great show.
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Goodreads author bio:
Hey there, I’m Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.
All right, and I can’t leave without buying at least one book.
Usually two. (Or more!)
My website and blog are at elizabethwrites.com, and I’m also on twitter, tumblr, and facebook