Review: Heartbeat

Jan •  10 •  2014

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Review: HeartbeatHeartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Pages: 240
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books
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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?(less)

This is such a touching and emotional story. It question the doubts in our minds and helps us see things differently.

Plot: This story is about girl who mother is brain dead and pregnant. The father is keeping the mother alive in order for the baby to be born. The thing with this is, the father and mother knew it was a boy. They had started getting stuff for the nursery when the mother collapsed. This plot brings so much emotion to the reader. And I can clearly see both sides. On one side the daughter is very upset about the father keeping the mother alive for the baby. She thinks they should be let go…on the other hand, that is her baby brother. And he is ALIVE. The questions stands, what to do??? I think in this situation it is very difficult to pick a side. There are so many conflicting thoughts and factors with the situation.

Friendship/Love: Despite what is going on in home and at the hospital, Emma finds some solace in a new friend she meets. He too, has gone through a similar situation like Emma’s so he understands. This gives way for a great, slow building friendship that turns into a love Emma never expected. They talk a lot and questions everything that is going on around them. They take time to really get deep with their thoughts and emotions giving the reader a great read. I adored watching these two fall in love.

Ending: No matter what decisions you make, especially in a touch decision like this one, no road is easy. It’s always hard on everyone making the decisions and being so young to have to even deal with that is already hard enough. This story really gets down to the nitty gritty, painting it beautifully for anyone to enjoy.

Heartbeart is a fantastic tale of love, life and loss. The best part about the story isn’t so much characters but rather the series of questions they face. Do you take your mom off the ventilator letting her and the baby go? Some believe that both the mother and child are one and should be set free. Others say that letting mother go means you kill the unborn child. What do you do? These questions and more and raised beautifully in this heartfelt tale. Heartbeat is eye-opening.

I give it 4 BITES!

4bitesHappy Reading!


  1. Savannah
    Jan 10, 2014

    Wow, that is SUCH an amazing and interesting premise… I can honestly say I haven’t heard of another book that calls for a character to make that kind of decision before. Sounds like it’s really worth a read! 🙂

    • Savannah
      Jan 10, 2014

      Hi Savannah! (We have the same name!! YAY) and Yes, this is a very emotional, thought-provoking read. It’s really helps you see both side of the story. Hope you get a chance to read it.

  2. The topic is a tough and heartbreaking one, but one that I haven’t seen before. It’s like you said, there is a very thin line between the choices these characters face and I’m curious to see what they decide.. Very interesting. Great review.

    • Savannah
      Jan 10, 2014

      Thanks Mari! I have recently seen cases like this in the news and really it’s heartbreaking for everyone.

  3. Jenny
    Jan 10, 2014

    This just sounds like a really emotional story Savy, I’m going to have to prepare myself for it before I pick it up I think! So glad to know you loved it though, I have it on my list:)

    • Savannah
      Jan 10, 2014

      It’s very emotional but so good.

  4. I actually hadn’t heard of this one until just now. It sounds good! You make it sound like something I definitely need to pick up. It seems like something that is probably going to make me cry. That is such an impossibly hard situation she is going through and I couldn’t imagine what toll it must take on her and her father. I love that cover! Adding to my TBR (:

    • Savannah
      Jan 10, 2014

      YAY! I do hope you get a chance to read it. Very thought-provoking.

  5. Sounds like an emotional book. Oh and I hate to cry! 🙂 Also sounds like it handles the situation well. Might have to think on this one!

    • Savannah
      Jan 10, 2014

      It handles a lot of questions well. It certainly help me looks at both side of the story.