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This is a tender young adult story of dreams, hope and discovery. It was painful to read the tense relationship between sixteen year-old Eagan and her mother. Eagan's mother push-push-pushes Eagan to skate her best, as if skating's all that matters. Eagan's mother's loneliness and the desperate way she won't let her daughter settle for mediocrity remind me as a parent not to let my dreams for my kids interfere in their dreams. This book made me recognize the value (and blessing) of ordinary.
The book opens after Eagan has died, but not since "The Lovely Bones" has a dead character been such an active vital voice. I think this book should be required reading for all new teen drivers, as well.
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth tells us the interwoven stories of two girls whose lives change in a matter of microseconds. Told through alternating perspectives and time frames, we learn about the horrible heart condition that has impacted Amelia's life forever and about the passion for ice skating that ultimately takes Eagan's life.
Ellsworth's prose is lovely and fluid, and she offers us unique insights into the lives of two very different characters. Eagan's passion for ice skating is well-delivered, as is her rocky relationship with her mother. Postmortem, we see Eagan interact with her present self in the afterlife and her past life on Earth. The dual perspective helps push the plot forward, and I quite enjoyed the person that Eagan runs into while in the afterlife. I don't think it's ever made explicit who Miki is, but as a reader, I picked up on that quickly and found it a nice touch.
As for Amelia, her story is told entirely from the present perspective. I must admit to never feeling much connected to her, as I found she didn't seem to have many interests or passions in the manner that Eagan did. She'd been sick for a long time, but that didn't seem to me enough to make her a fully realized character. Near the end of the story, Amelia chooses to take a trip from Minneapolis to Milwaukee with a guy she met at the hospital, and for me, this entire sequence didn't make sense to who I thought Amelia was. A little further growth in her would have helped me feel more attached to her.
This is a book for fans of medical stories. You know who you are, and you know exactly who you can sell this title to if you're not a fan yourself.Read more ›
I think that what I liked the most was actually the subject. I had never read about organ donations before. I had never given much thought into how it must feel to have someone else's organ inside you. And this book made me think a lot about it. I could feel my heart aching in some parts.
The characters were really well done. I think Eagan's character was really interesting, her attitude and temper felt incredibly real. Plus, I really like the cover. Overall, if you enjoy realistic fiction and exploring interesting subjects this is a great read for you.
Amelia is the recipient of a heart transplant. After the surgery she finds that she feels different. It isn't just that she has a new heart but she feels like she can feel who it belonged to. She takes on behavior traits of the person whose heart she now has and decides that she has to see the family of the one that died for her. Amelia didn't necessarily feel like it was something that she had to do for herself but something that she HAD to do for the girl that died.
I felt like I got more of Eagan's journey in a way. She had to deal with the fact that she is dead and there was no way to change that. She had flashbacks to things leading up to her death. She did have a little girl that helped her through her journey that she named Miki. (SPOILER: In one memory Eagan finds a box with pictures of when she was younger and it shows her mother as being pregnant and yet Eagan is an only child, meaning her mother lost the baby. Eagan kept feeling like something was familiar about Miki so I'm wondering if she is the little sister that her mother lost.)
In the end both Eagan and Amelia were able to help Eagan's mother move on. The day of Eagan's death Amelia's mother was trying to tell her that she was pregnant so it was a good thing for them to be able to help her to move on.
Overall I really liked this book. I really liked the ending because it was sweet. In Amelia's first chapter you learn about when she was first put on the donor's list. She talked about how she felt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose five stars because this book is just amazing to me. I am an organ donor. It would be so amazing if I could do that. I recommend this to everyone I knowPublished 22 days ago by Dezzerae michaels
This was a really good book! It was really addicting and I loved how the book was organized. It makes you think! It was great at the end when the two reunite!Published 8 months ago by Eli DallasSidders
Purchased it for my granddaughter and wound up reading it too. It was good.Published 11 months ago by Reading Grandma
The book was very boring and a little predictable. There was an inappropriate scene in one of the chapters about the ice skater. DO NOT let young girls read this!!!!!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Unknown
Loretta Ellsworth captures the grace and wonder of life, death, and everlasting life in this book of love and sorrow, laughter and tears, and most importantly, the gift others... Read morePublished 13 months ago by lollipopsicle
What a great book for everyone but especially middle schoolers. Ms. Ellsworth gives a great read every time.Published 13 months ago by Rick Toboz
Daughter LOVED it! She was so caught up in it, some parts made her cry like a baby.Published 14 months ago by Melinda Cox
At first, I wasn't sure how I would like this book. I bought it on sale from the Kindle store and forgot about it for months. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tiffany
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