Monday, 28 April 2014

Heart Beat...

What do you do when the person you love the most is dead,
How do you cope when they’re still around
How do you love when everything you once believed is gone
Life, Death, Love…they change everything

Emma is lost in a sea of grieve, her mother is dead but not, being kept alive by machines that beat her heart to save the baby she carries. Emma resents her step-father for the choices he’s made, resents herself for the choices she makes and is drowning in sorrow and despair. What can Emma do when everything that once mattered the most never really mattered at all? Enter Caleb Harrison, the old Emma would not have spared this car stealing, reformed drug addict a second thought but new Emma, the one who is slowly dying, can only find relief in Caleb, a kindred spirit drowning in his own sea of grieve and despair. Death is hard but living is harder, together Emma and Caleb will find that life with another, life with love is always better. Emma is on the hard road learning that life doesn’t always  let us make our own fates, that sometimes life is bigger than one person’s plans, but there’s always a silver lining, a beauty to life that can be difficult to see in the mists of despair. Sometimes just living, loving and being happy can be the hardest choice of all. And it’s the choice Emma must make? Love or Hate? Life or Death? Happiness or Sorrow. No one ever said life was easy…and for Emma it sure isn’t

Scott is known for the romantic writings, the star-crossed, forbidden romances of the teen years but in Heartbeat she goes one further exploring all the other loves that define a teen; the love shared between a mother and her daughter, the love of a parent and a child, a brother and a sister, a girl and her best friend. It’s a coming of age tale told in the most complex of situations and while I time I found myself frustrated by the characters, especially Emma, her step-father and her best friend, the plot made for some dramatic and life-affirming moments. The one thing I do feel is missing from this story is Caleb’s voice because Caleb intrigued me; while he’s story is told through Emma’s I would have loved to have heard from him, to experience what his pain is like from his perspective, to see how he pulled himself together alone. Emma is a typical broken protagonist blaming the rest of the world when she is mad at herself, Caleb is not so much a bad boy as a broken one as are other characters including Emma’s mum and step-father. I do have to say that I absolutely loved Olivia, the best friend, for her aversion to technology. How interesting to see the complex of technology addiction reflected in adults rather than the teen.  Overall I really enjoyed this novel, which unlike Scott’s other works was less about young love and more about living life and making every second count. A wonderful all-compassing love story about growing up and finding out what truly matters; the one we love and who love us back.

Courtney :)


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