ARC received from Netgalley. This review is not biased in any way. There was no money, gifts, discounts, or favors exchanged for this review.
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?
Hey look! There's an YA book where the love story doesn't completely take over the entire plot!
I found Heartbeat on Netgalley, and since it's by one of my favorite publishers, I decided to request it. When I got accepted, I started reading it immediately.
Emma's mother is brain dead, but pregnant. In fact, she should be dead, but is being kept alive by machines. Her step-father believes that Emma's brother should be born, but Emma believes that he shouldn't.
Emma meets a boy named Caleb, who used to be a drug user and car thief. There's a slow development of romance between them, but is rushed towards the end.
I didn't like the fact how Emma kept trying to get into fights with her step-father throughout most of the book. It seems like she didn't understand that he was going through grief, too.
Heartbeat is a very short book, and it only takes around an hour to read, but it is filled with controversial issues.
I'd recommend this for fans of Jodi Picoult and those who want a short and sweet novel.