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BEA Spotlight and Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

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Heartbeat

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
original title
Heartbeat
ISBN
0373210965 (ISBN13: 9780373210961)
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?

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What did I think?

I am going to try very hard to properly express just how deeply and profoundly Heartbeat affected me. Let’s begin with Emma. It’s difficult enough to lose a parent, let alone both of them within a very short time frame. But Emma isn’t really able to deal with the loss of her mother, because she’s being kept alive with machines. This decision was made by her stepfather, so the baby growing inside her mother has a chance at being born. Emma isn’t sure where she belongs in her new life, one with neither biological parent. The only thing she has to connect her to the past is her best friend Olivia.

Why are girls like Emma always drawn to bad boys like Caleb? Because they are usually fun and take their minds off of their issues. That wasn’t true in this story. Caleb is the only one who understands what Emma feels. He is an emotional support in a way that no one else can be.

Caleb and Emma’s relationship hurt my heart. Between them, there was a need and a hunger for a connection that was undeniable.

I can’t and won’t give away the ending, but it was perfect. I laughed and cried while reading Heartbeat. Elizabeth Scott totally gets what it’s like to be lost and find your way back. This is probably the best contemporary book I’ve read this year and I can’t wait for others to get their hands on Heartbeat in January!

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BEA Spotlight: Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott was not a new author to me going to BEA. I had already read a wonderful book by her years ago called Love You Hate You Miss You. 

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Love You Hate You Miss You

Get this, I’m supposed to be starting a journal about “my journey.” Please. I can see it now: Dear Diary, As I’m set adrift on this crazy sea called “life” . . . I don’t think so.It’s been seventy-five days. Amy’s sick of her parents suddenly taking an interest in her.

And she’s really sick of people asking her about Julia. Julia’s gone now, and she doesn’t want to talk about it. They wouldn’t get it, anyway. They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to have your best friend ripped away from you.

They wouldn’t understand what it feels like to know it’s your fault.

Amy’s shrink thinks it would help to start a diary. Instead, Amy starts writing letters to Julia.

But as she writes letter after letter, she begins to realize that the past wasn’t as perfect as she thought it was—and the present deserves a chance too.

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What I had never had the pleasure of was hearing her speak about writing and her books. Elizabeth Scott is very funny and is very quick with her replies (she also really likes the word ‘crap’). Not only did I have the pleasure of hearing her speak, I was able to meet her at the Harlequin TEEN booth. Elizabeth is super sweet and extremely talented!

I’m currently reading the ARC of Heartbeat I received at BEA. The cover has yet to be released, so on goodreads.com there isn’t even a photo yet! I am only on page 21, but I like how the story has begun so far. My review will be posted on Friday. Anyone else get the change to read the ARC yet? I love comments, so let me know what you thought.

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Heartbeat

by Elizabeth Scott

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?

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