Author: Elizabeth Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
“Under the idea that we can all make our fates, that we have choices, is the reminder that sometimes we don’t. That sometimes life is bigger than our plans. Bigger than us.“
Thank goodness that’s over. I almost DNF-ed this. This book was so sad, so depressing that I felt like it was sucking the life out of me while reading it.
I did expect this to be an emotional read but I did not expect an annoying main character. This was my first from Elizabeth Scott and I must say that I admired her writing. But my dislike of Emma affected my reading. A lot.
Death/Loss is a very hard subject to tackle in a book. The author has to make the reader feel what the characters are feeling. But this one didn’t do it for me.
If there was one thing I felt for the main character, Emma, it was straight up frustration. I wanted to feel for her, I really did. But she just held no redeeming qualities. I wanted her to at least be likable or redeem herself, and in my eyes she was not able to achieve either. It was hard to sympathize with a main character who was full of pure selfishness and hatred. Though this book had the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for Emma, I had to wait for like, forever to reach that tunnel.
Caleb on the other hand, held more promise as a character. He was actually one of the reasons why I fought through reading this. I was really intrigued and I wanted to know his back story. But like Emma, I didn’t feel any connection with him either.
Olivia was at least a bit likeable. There were times when I just wanted to listen to her ramble about the guy she likes rather than listen to Emma.
I have to point out, though, that the issue in this book was unique. I really couldn’t imagine what someone would do in Emma’s place. The author’s writing was easy to understand and even though Emma was a very annoying main character, Elizabeth did a great job of voicing her out.
Heartbeat is not for everybody. I recommend this to readers who have an amazing patience for frustrating characters and maybe to fans of Elizabeth Scott.
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