by Elizabeth Scott
Released |January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen|
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Life. Death. And...Love?Heartbeat is a book that I wanted to love so much because it had everything that I like in a book. It had the heartache and the feels and it also had the romance. This was a fast paced read for me and I flew through the story. I did have my ups and downs with the story. I had a love/hate relationship with this book. Sometimes I liked it and sometimes I didn't.
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?
The thing I enjoyed most about the story was probably the relationship between Caleb and Emma. The romance was nice and sweet and I enjoyed that part of the story so much because I really wanted the two to be happy. They both were had a lot of issues that they were trying to deal with and both were feeling the loss of losing a loved one. Caleb lost his little sister when she was riding her bike without a helmet and was hit by a car and Emma lost her mother (brain dead) that is being kept alive with machines to save the baby she has growing within her. I think I felt for Caleb a little bit more because he already feels so much guilt for not making his little sister wear her helmet and he blames himself for her death. And on top of that his parents blame him and show him so much hate! I think the hate his parents felt for him was the worst.
And we have Emma, the main protagonist. I wanted to like her, I really did, but I just didn't like her character at all. I felt bad for her and everything she was going through, but she was so hateful and I couldn't deal with that. The way that Emma treated her stepfather really turned me off from the story. Sometimes, I had to put the book down because of it. She seriously treated her stepfather like shit, as if he didn't lose someone as well. I mean, he actually witness the death of her mother. He was right there when she had the stroke. I think her character had a selfish attitude, especially when it came to her stepfather. She made it seem like it was all about her and I didn't like that. She did make a change at the end which I was really happy for, but it didn't take away all the negative things that she did in the the story.
Overall, I did enjoy the book even though I had some problems with it. It was fast paced and took me on an emotional journey. I received a copy for review through Netgalley. All thoughts are my honest opinion!