ARC Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Posted October 18, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

ARC Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott


by Elizabeth Scott
Pages: 304
Published on January 28th 2014
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

This was such a beautiful story! It starts out sad and it’s partly sad the whole time, but it gets better and it ends so happy. I ended it with a sigh and a smile even though I sobbed and even cried a lot the rest of the time. It breaks your heart first, it crushes you and then it slowly starts to heal it. And I would read it again, in a heartbeat.

17 year old Emma doesn’t have an easy life. Her mom died but yet she’s still here. She can see her every day and talk to her, but there’s no answer. And inside her is a baby. Her stepfather tries to keep her mother breathing and as much alive as they can in order for the baby to survive long enough. Which makes it hard for Emma to say goodbye. She doesn’t really care about anything anymore and just feels numb. And then Caleb comes along. He understands her. He gets it. And he’s the only one that can make her feel alive again. He can ease the pain and numbness.

When I first came across this book, I knew I wanted to read it. It was on Cuddlebuggery book blog (don’t remember where exactly though) and I immediately added it to my shelves on Goodreads. And when I saw it this week on Netgalley, I couldn’t help but request it. I started reading it as soon as I got approved. And my instincts told me I was right. This book was amazing. Elizabeth pulled me in Emma’s story and she got me crying and sobbing the entire time fromt the first page to the last. Even though it were tears of happiness in the end. She broke my heart and crushed it to pieces, but she healed it again.

“The thing about Mom dying is that the world didn’t stop. It didn’t even slow down. It’s flowers and cards and everyone understands but no one does because Mom wasn’t Mom to them. Without her it’s like I’m living inside a mirror. I see things, I do things, but they are just surfaces and nothing more.”

I was afraid the romance would be too forced and a bit like insta-love, but it wasn’t. It was a nice, sweet and tender thing that helped me heal my broken heart. Caleb and Emma grew closer over the course of the book and they helped each other with their sadness and pain. It was like a fire in a fireplace, burning bright and warm and alive. And I needed it in this book to heal.

The thing I liked the most in this book was that it was so relatable. I felt for Emma and Caleb. I know the pain they felt. The loss, the tears. I’ve been there and I totally got it. Emma was so sad about her mother dying and having to see her like this every day in the hospital and she feels so guilty and angry and she doesn’t know what to do with all that anymore. It’s so sad. And I completely get it. And I would hate Dan too if I were her. I probably would’ve dealt with it a lot worse than her. And Caleb. Oh my poor Caleb. He feels guilty and sad and his parents don’t make it easier. And I loved Olivia. She was a great best friend for Emma and I wish I had someone like her years ago.

I do recommend this book to others. If you’ve lost someone you loved in your life, you’ll get how Emma feels. And that’ll make the book even more special for you. If you haven’t, you’re very lucky, but I have to say that it could make the book less good for you. Maybe it won’t, but it’s possible. I recommend it either way.

autograph bieke


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