Heartbeat – Elizabeth Scott

17258743Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC gifted to me

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?

This book started with a bang and never let up. Right away you are introduced to Emma’s struggle of dealing with her mother being kept alive for the sake of her half brother. This was not Emma’s choice. Her stepfather made this choice without asking her. Emma is not OK with this choice. This book dealt with lose in a whole new way. Losing a parent is hard, but losing a parent and having to see her lifeless body on a regular basis is unthinkable. There were many times early in this book that Emma felt as if she had no one. She ends up finding someone who has experienced similar loss and disconnect from family and through this relationship she begins to see the good in the world again.

Emma changed a lot and it would not have happened if she didn’t have the relationships in this book. Emma’s best friend Olivia was quirky, fun and basically normal except her hatred of modern technology (she has her reasons!). This relationship help keeps her grounded as well as moving forward at times. Olivia is Emma’s biggest connection to her life “before” and does struggle at times to reach out because of this. In walks bad boy Caleb. He has his own set of problems and a dark past. Emma is drawn to him for known reasons but stays because she feels a connection to someone for the first time since her mother passed.

This was a quick book. There were some times where I do wish there was more. I wanted more to her and Caleb’s relationship outside of them facing personal problems. Their relationship wasn’t based on nothing since they helped each other grow, but I would have liked to see a date or something! That might have been too normal for the confides of this book but I girl can wish. You should pick this book up if you are looking for a fast paced, emotional ride.


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