Book Review: Heart Beat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat

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?

 

Just a warning, have tissues handy.  I think I cried from start to finish with this book.  That is not totally uncommon as I am a crier, and this book was about a girl dealing with the loss of her mother.  That is a hard subject to tackle, and Elizabeth Scott does not disappoint.  The book was powerful, and wonderful, and heartbreaking, and really a must read.

I identified with Emma and all of her feelings, now that is partly due to the excellent writing but also from some past experience in my life.  I felt like all of her decisions and actions were totally justified and reasonable for a teen to be feeling.  I also loved that she had a friend like Olivia.  I want her to be my friend!  Caleb was an interesting character.  I would have loved to have more insight into his life as well.  I felt like we just got glimpses into his life but I wanted more.  That really is my only complaint.  I want to know Caleb more.

I think people might have a hard time with the way Emma behaves.  But judging from my own experience with loss, her actions were dead on.  And I don’t think that Elizabeth Scott should have sugar coated things.  She wrote the real ugly truth.  When a love one dies you get angry.  And mad.  And you lash out.  That’s just what you do.  I thought this book was a very real and honest look at death and grief.  I will warn you to not read this in public, you will cry.  It is worth a read, if you have experienced the loss a loved one or not it will tug at your heart strings and make you appreciate your loved ones even more.

4.5 Bards

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