- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing (March 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682814629
- ISBN-13: 978-1682814628
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gorgeous book! I was sucked in right from the first page! This story was beautiful!" - Dani B., Goodreads.com review
"I'm kind of floored by the awesomeness that is Lindsey Frydman's imagination. The Heartbeat Hypothesis is an achingly beautiful story of young love and friendship in a painfully real world -- and it's Frydman's debut novel?!? This is the kind of book you stay up all night to read in one sitting." - Fic Central
"You'll need a few tissues for the ending but all in all it was a great debut novel and I look forward to new books by Ms. Frydman." - Teresa, Goodreads.com review
"I loved reading this book. The focus on grief, healing and a chance meeting of two people drawn together by a situation made this worth every bit of attention." - Dora Okeyo, author of I Love You This Much
"A tragic and heartwarming story! The story goes in a direction I did not anticipate and it was refreshing that it was not predictable. Although some tissues were required, I never had a moment when I wanted to stop reading." - Wendy R., Goodreads.com review
"Overall, Ms. Frydman has penned a fantastic read in this debut book, which was filled with plenty of emotion that I felt along with the characters, especially the heroine." - Bec, Book Magic - Under a Spell With Every Page
"This was a poignant, heartbreaking, romantic read. It made me cry on the train --which is always the sign of a talented writer! I look forward to her next book!" - Beth Miller, author of A Star to Steer Her By
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Top Customer Reviews
“Our hearts have been friends for a very long time.”
The Heartbeat Hypothesis is the debut book of Lindsey Frydman and what a debut. As soon as I started reading this book I clicked with the story and the voice of the author, I then had to go back and check that this was in fact a debut and that is the biggest compliment. This story just flowed with ease, I was immediately transported into this NA gem and the author held me emotionally captive until the very end. Reading this book was effortless, emotional, captivating and I loved every single second.
“Everything is finite, isn’t it?
“Nothing lasts forever.”
When I have read “transplant” books in the past, more often than not the focus is always on the recipient and you never really hear much about the donor or the donor’ family. More often, never the twain shall meet, but sometimes they do keep in touch and The Heartbeat Hypothesis is not only a celebration of the life of the recipient but also that of the life of the donor. This side of the story was emotional for me, a life captured through pictures and yet I felt like I knew her and that is testament to the author.
“Sometimes grief is the price you pay for love.”
Audra was the lucky recipient of a heart at the expense of a young woman called Emily. Audra had reached out to Emily’s family and they had responded. Because of this she found out that Emily’s brother was at the same University as her and his name was Jake. Audra had also looked for any information regarding Emily, she wanted to know more about the heart that was beating inside her and because of her delving she came across Emily’s Instagram page. Emily’s Instagram was covered in whacky photo’s or random exploits that really brought her bubbly personality to life or were they just a front…a mask? These photos were taken by #MyFavoritePhotographerJake and were named her done-it list.
“Nothing in life is permanent. All of it will eventually disappear…Maybe we’re supposed to know that…accept it, and live our lives differently because of it. Rearrange our priorities based on the finite number of heartbeats we have left.”
Audra decided that she wanted to recreate Emily’s done-it’s as a kind of homage to the woman that had a given her life and it is here that Jake and Audra meet.
“And on bad days, when his aura of sadness blazed like an alarm he couldn’t turn off, I felt like I was doing everything wrong.”
Jake was a conundrum, one minute he was friendly, next he was detached, then he was curious, then he distanced himself. It was like someone was switching a light on and off constantly and you never knew what “Jake” was going to turn up. I was torn between his grief and him being uncomfortable knowing that his sisters heart was beating in the woman in front of him to him just being confused, insecure and hiding something. It was this raw honesty in Jake as a character that made him all the more intriguing. I was desperate to know the man underneath and I loved the way that Lindsey Frydman slowly lets us in.
“I thought I knew what loneliness was…But you can’t know lonely until you’ve lived the opposite.”
This is a story that will tug at every single heart string, from budding friendship to best friends, to grief, to guilt, to learning to move on from the past and embrace a future you never imagined you deserved. A book that has honest, real and relatable characters even if their lives are anything but. Lindsey Frydman delivered an exceptional read as a debut, a little towards the end I felt some plot lines were a little rushed hence the 0.5 deduction, but apart from that, this was a perfect read for me. I loved everything about it.
I love how Audra embraced her second chance in life. And adore Jake for helping Audra recreate Emily's "done-it list" in honor of her memory.
Highly recommend! I voluntarily review this book!
My favorite lines from the last chapters were:
"happy for the rapid beating of my perfect, borrowed heart."
"I was alone on his bed. Topless. Awesome."
"The girl gave out smiles like they were food and we were the hungry."