Am I supposed to feel bad for Emma? When I was a young teenager, my father had a heart + lung transplant. Now that I've had time to process the book, as much as I enjoyed the ending, there were some things in the beginning and middle of the book that I had some problems with. Heartbeat is, after all, a story of grief. She loves reading books, blogging about books, chatting about books, and smelling books. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. For most of the book, she is bitter, angry, and hateful. Emma is so angry with her step father that she bottles it all up and one day she has an epic freak out in the hospital because she goes everyday to see her mother even though she is dead and being kept alive by machines.
Both contain a romance, although Heartbeat leans on that a little more. Emma might have taken the fast-track to her seventeen years, with the pedal to the floor and her arm sticking out the window, while Dan, the diligent stepdad, offered up a smile and a nod in her direction. Again, this might only be since the novel was pretty quick. I despised her point of view. I hate confrontation and am a huge peacemaker and -- despite the emotional turmoil that consumes Emma -- I was so desperate for her to make peace with Dan, for the fog to lift, for some peace and resolution. Scott's latest isn't an easy novel to read.
Maybe that's what love really boils down to -- having someone who cares enough to pay attention so that you're encouraged to travel and transfer, to make your potential energy spark into kinetic energy. Had I developed a bit more sense, I might have shoved the entire story aside and moved on with my life. The story that Scott gives us in Heartbeat was definitely different from the reads I have picked up lately. It contains her tell-tale stance on issue novels, along with the inevitable weight of pain that accompanies her books, but it isn't overwhelming. As Emma realizes, though, Caleb cannot heal her. . Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence.
Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crush Does life go on when your heart is broken? I gave this book four stars as well because of Emma's behaviour. Overall, I loved this book. It is very much a story about family - a rather unconventional one, perhaps - and living with grief. Now, Emma can't find it in herself to care for anything as silly as homework, as papers, as school projects. I think that emotion has been passed on me, I mean, look at where am I now!!!! While we, the reader, would love for Emma to just listen to Dan once or allow herself to open up to him, it isn't easy for her. As Caleb and Emma grow to like each other for who they are, outward appearances set aside, Emma's relationship with her stepfather grows increasingly volatile. Just listen all of Emma's gripe without given a solve problem or counseled.
I listed Heartbeat on my Favorites Shelf on Goodreads. Prescription Readers looking for authentic emotion and main character dramatics will find it in excess in Heartbeat. It doesn't make her an admirable heroine, but it makes her an understandable one. Feeling responsible for his sister's death and the rift it's created within his family, he's done his share of lashing out and getting into trouble which his mother and father haven't forgiven him for, but Emma and Caleb's growing bond and spaces of understanding did resonate with me in the spectrum of the work. Like, on some pages I counted several uses, even within inner dialogue. Why would a boy who seems to have everything harbor so much anger? Grieving for her mother and angry because she thinks her stepfather is selfish to keep her mother monitored just to keep the baby alive.
For a book such as this, not connecting emotionally feels like a downfall because the whole concept of it is actually very heartbreaking. I will read anything by her because of her writing. It's not every day we get to read about a guy blushing in front of girl. And some readers are incredibly uncomfortable with this. About twenty-ish weeks into the pregnancy, things started to go downhill. Thus, the phrases thrown around about Heartbeat - particularly that is featured an utterly unlikable heroine - surprised me. Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crushes, college plans—Emma has only her best friend to remind her to breathe.
Love in the midst of sorrow. Caleb had his own tragic story, like Emma. To me, Scott just missed the mark. Give this book a try if you like contemporary stories that are emotionally heavy but not manipulative, characters that grow on you, boys that you just want to hug, or writing that makes your heart beat faster. Not they hardly talk and when they do, they fight. Dan was given the option to turn off the ventilator or keep Emma's mom on it and save their unborn baby.
Until she has an awkward run in with Caleb. I'll try not to rant. But maybe it's worth re-evaluating whether I should read it. As one can see, the theme was developed throughout the novel, and made it a magical novel to the readers. It left me feeling angry and depressed pretty much the whole time. Emma and Caleb share a bound that is unstoppable and unbeatable. Olivia keeps Emma grounded into reality, forcing her to keep from giving into the grief that lies inside.