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NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin Teen


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?


This is the first time I’ve read Elizabeth Scott’s work. I was pulled in by the synopsis, which I thought had great premise. It sounded like everything I want in a book, so I was incredibly excited to read it. Heartbeat is a very easy to read book and it’s fast-paced so before long, you’ve finished reading! I didn’t love the book, but I thought it was great in places and lacked in others.

Emma is the main protagonist. She has obviously experienced something so tragic. The loss of her mother. I felt so bad for Emma, but the way in which she dealt with her grief didn’t make me warm to her. I didn’t like the way she treated her stepfather, and this irked me about the story. I very nearly gave up, but I kept on going, hoping it would get better. It did. I didn’t really love Emma by the end of it, but the story itself improved.

I think this is down to the relationship between Caleb and Emma. They had both lost loved ones, which brought them closer together. I thought the relationship was sweet and believable. They helped each other feel better about their losses. I felt much more compassion for Caleb, as he blamed himself for his sister’s death (she died after being hit by a car whilst on her bike, she wasn’t wearing a helmet).

Heartbeat is an emotional, fast-paced read. It’s definitely made me curious to read other work by Elizabeth Scott.

Would I recommend it?:

6 thoughts on “Heartbeat

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this and a good thing too that you didn’t give up! It just shows why I have such a hard time to DNF a book, it could always end up really good, like it did for you with Heartbeat. I haven’t read it myself, but I do like fast-paced contemporaries!

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