By Elizabeth Scott
Publication date: Jan. 28, 2014
Harlequin Teen, 304 pages
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.com description
Oooh, Elizabeth Scott, you’re getting so dark and twisty lately and I have to say I love it.
Don’t let the short page count fool you: Heartbeat really jammed a lot of feeling into a few pages.
This book is one big ethical dilemma: Emma’s mom is brain-dead. And pregnant. Without discussing it first, her stepdad decides to keep her on life support. Emma thinks that was the wrong choice.
The beautiful thing about this book is that you might have your own personal feelings about the matter, but you can totally “get” why each character feels the way they do.
It’s a tough read, for sure, but it’s balanced out by a sweet romance. Emma and Caleb both need to heal, and they can help each other do that. There’s some friendship issues, too, but three cheers for Olivia for being a book bestie who doesn’t suck.
I’m a longtime escott fan (as I think of her in my head), but I have to say she’s really kicked it up a notch with Miracle and now Heartbeat. What’s next? Whatever it is, it’s on autoread.