Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Synopsis: 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?
Personal Thoughts: Wow! This book seriously blew me away. The last book I read by this author was Bloom and it grabbed my attention too. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I knew that if it was as good as the last one, I was not going to be disappointed. I was not disappointed. 🙂
The raw feeling in this book gives you goosebumps, it makes you want to cry for Emma, and it makes you want to scream in frustration at what her step dad is not getting. The topic of the book itself was quite shocking and if I was placed in Emma’s stepdad’s shoes, I have no idea what I would have done.
I loved how Elizabeth Scott slowly introduced Caleb into Emma’s life. Although they were on the opposites sides of the social circles and where they stood, there was one subject that they had in common and that made them click. No one can understand death unless they have gone through it themselves and Caleb understands that perfectly. He is a classic example with a bad boy reputation, but there is a reason why he does the things that he does. It was just right how underneath it all, Emma understands what he is going through and makes him see that he can be better than what he is.
At the end, they save each other and that is the most romantic thing in my opinion. Everyone should read this book, it will break your heart and melt it at the same time. 🙂
Rating: 5/5 Stars