Synopsis: 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?
200words (or less) review: I have loved every Elizabeth Scott book I’ve read, especially Living Dead Girl which stayed with me for weeks afterwards.
In comparison reading Heartbeat was somewhat of a struggle. Maybe my expectation were too high. I really did struggle with Emma. She’s a difficult character to like. As the reader you’re predisposed to sympathise with her but it’s not easy.
Despite my misgivings I carried on because it’s Elizabeth Scott and while this is my least favourite book so far, Heartbeat does improve in the second half. Caleb and Emma’s friendship/relationship is touching (there are some moments that are just wow) and I liked her best fried Olivia a lot.
Heartbeat might need some persistence but it pays off.