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Heartbeat (Harlequin Teen) Hardcover – January 28, 2014
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This is an extremely tense and controversial subject. Especially, to Emma. She hates seeing her mother’s empty body and hates that she had no say in the matter. She is unable to imagine a life with a baby brother who will never know their mother and who forced Emma to see their mom’s body empty for at least 30 more days. It’s intense, because what Emma’s stepfather, Dan, decides is probably the most obvious thing. The mother may be basically dead, but if keeping her heart beating will keep their son alive, shouldn’t he do it? I think so, but that doesn’t make the choice anymore heart wrenching for the people who have to live with the aftermath of the choice.
Emma spends a lot of this book torn between rage and soul crushing grief. Grief, because her mother is dead and rage, because seeing her in a hospital everyday makes moving on and letting go impossible.
Truth time, I cried constantly during this book. I couldn’t help myself. I just cried so much, because the writing is so beautiful and the emotions so authentic. It was almost like reading a teenage girl’s diary. I couldn’t imagine having to live with the loss and anger that this character deals with every day. She is torn up inside and cannot even look at her stepfather and has nowhere to focus her feelings. She gives up on school even though she was on track to be valedictorian. She gives up on friends, except for her loyal bff Olivia.Read more ›
I don't know that I could handle Emma's situation as well as she does. She is incredibly close to her mom and her step-dad and then her mom dies and suddenly all Dan (her step-dad) cares about is his unborn child. Emma is no longer a consideration where her baby brother is concerned and her opinion is unwanted and unnecessary. And she's forced to go and see her dead mother every single day. Every day she has to look at her dead mother's corpse as she incubates a tiny life inside her. A life that Emma can't help but resent. This little thing is responsible for her mother's death. Her mother was a high risk pregnancy because of her age. Her mother only got pregnant again because Dan wanted a baby and it killed her. So how is she taking it? Not well, as you can imagine.Read more ›
Elizabeth Scott has once again written a beautiful story. Without saying too much, without spoiling a thing, I will simply say this about “Heartbeat”:
If you have ever lost someone you loved, you should read this book. If you have ever been scared and alone, you should read this book. If you have ever felt as though your life was suddenly meaningless, your heart permanently broken, that nothing could ever be normal again, you should read this book. If you have never felt any of these things, you NEED to read this book. Because by the time you finish it, you’ll have experienced a glimpse of all of these things – enough to make you familiar with them, even if you’ll never fully understand them. But you won’t be left with sadness. You’ll be filled with hope. Because you’ll learn, right alongside main character Emma, that life is worth living – worth getting through all the bad stuff and learning how to cherish the good stuff. That life goes on.
Emma's mother, Lisa, just died, but thanks to her stepfather, Dan, her Mom's body is being kept alive by machines as an incubator for the fetus she's carrying. Emma's mad. More than mad she's full of rage at her Dan, but beneath all that anger she's drowning in a sadness not even her best friend can understand. During a daily visit to her mother, Emma encounters Caleb, a classmate with a troubled reputation, who understands her feelings like no one else.
Emma was a character easy to understand but hard to like. She directed her anger toward Dan with abusive words and a myopic lack of empathy that felt more like the reactions of a twelve, not a seventeen-year-old. HEARTBEAT made me angry, because Lisa was treated like an incubator and I would never want to see anyone I love used in that way, unless she specified in writing those were her wishes. I would be so angry I'd want to pull the plug and set my mother free, so I rooted for Emma, even when she was difficult to like. I truly empathized with Caleb, especially after seeing how they treated him. A lot of the characters and complex situations in the book were black and white and handled with a simplicity not found in real life.
Elizabeth Scott chose to tell the story of HEARTBEAT without delving into the debate of the morals and ethics of using a woman as an incubator, then withdrawing life support once the fetus is delivered. She also never touched on the debate of bringing a 25 week fetus into the world with all the costs and likely life-long complications if that baby lives. She never mentioned what "group" was paying for Lisa's hospital bills, but I can bet it was a group filled with controversy. I can't help but to wonder if Scott had an agenda in portraying much of the story and the very predictable ending. I know that my review is biased, so I gave an extra star for good writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's okay. I won't say it's bad because it's okay, but this is just not my style.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I received an ARC of this book from Miss Literati in exchange for a review.
HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott throws you into a story about a girl named Emma. Read more
This novel hits very close to home for me. In the book, Emma's mother is being kept alive by machines despite being brain dead. Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. Mann
My mom had been sick for years but I hadn't truly realized HOW sick until the day in 7th grade I came home from school late to a house full of people. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeri Zerr
Heartbeat is not an easy book to read. The situation it revolves around is unique – Emma’s mother is brain dead, but her body is being kept alive because Emma’s baby brother is... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I haven't really been this depressed after reading a book since Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, and then most recently, Melt. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Once Upon a Twilight
I am an Elizabeth Scott fangirl from way back. Her books are so deep and emotional, the characters so raw and real, that I devour each and every one of her books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Tale Temptress
Absolutely stellar book. I've never read another like it. This is definitely a story I'd recommend.Published 15 months ago by Holly Robertson