Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date of Published: 1 January 2014
No. of Pages: 240
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Family, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Received from: Harlequin Teen via Netgalley
I sit down with my mother. My smile is shaky as I tell her about my day.
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?
I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Heartbeat is a heart-wrenching story. It tells about Emma, a seventeen year-old girl who lost her mother but had to see her everyday because she’s pregnant.
Lisa met Dan and they fell in love. Soon, they started a family. Emma was happy because she felt that Dan loved her and her mother.
Until her mother’s pregnant and died, things changed unexpectedly. Every single day, Emma visited her mother in the hospital. Her body was kept alive by machines – pumping her heartbeat to incubate the baby in her womb.
Emma thought Dan just wanted to keep the baby and was devastated knowing that she wasn’t involved when Dan decided to keep Lisa alive. Emma thought everything he had done was for the sake of the baby.
A former straight A’s student, Emma’s grades were failing and she’s on a downward spiral. Until she met Caleb, a troubled teen who was also grieving for his sister, Minnie.
Their relationship developed gradually, since they had things in common.
Olivia, Emma’s best friend, was shocked learning about this ‘odd’ couple. Caleb was in a lot of troubles. He stole cars, did drugs, and hit a stranger with a car.
Dan tried to be a good father, but Emma refused the warm gesture. She was so stubborn, shutting herself out and pretending that Dan didn’t exist. Dan was hurt, Emma was too.
What I like about Heartbeat is that there’s no perfect family. I believe in that too. Every family is dysfunctional, everybody has problems, but it depends on you how to work things out.
I like this quote from the book;
A family is more than one person.
Heartbeat touches about grief, friendship, making the right decision, how to put yourself in a family, and romance. The romance is not too much, unlike any other HQ lines.
My rant is when Emma repeats her thoughts about Dan’s decision. I kept reading about this over and over again.
I love how the characters develop and the ending is very sweet.
Under the idea that we can all make our fates, that we have choices, is the reminder that sometimes we don’t. That sometimes life is bigger than our plans. Bigger than us.
I knew grief could destroy you, but I didn’t know it could turn you into a walking dead.
Until next time ^^