Summary: 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?
Review: There is something about Emma that is so hard to empathize. She was too contained. She dismissed people’s feelings in regards of her own. She was very stubborn to have an open mind. And that people made Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott so hard for me.
Emma’s mom’s condition is an usual one. She was there but she was really not, the only reason why her body was being kept was because she was pregnant with her brother. She took the news quite hard and she was having hard time coping with the changes. She remembered little details when her mom when she was still alive and it was eating her up. It didn’t help that Dan, her stepfather decided on the matter regarding her mom and her pregnancy without her. And she was so upset that she was disregarded in the process.
It so hard to identify on how Emma dealt with her grieving. Did I say she was so stubborn and hard headed? Sure, I understand her—sometimes, but definitely not all the time. I understand why it upsets her when she wasn’t asked to put an input regarding her mother. But the way she was acting was childish, selfish even. It’s all about her even though I was trying so hard to understand her reason. I just couldn’t because if I were in her shoes I wouldn’t do that. She was damn frustrating on how she accused Dan and even doubted his feelings for her mom. To be perfectly honest, I actually liked Dan among all of ‘em because he was put in a hard position to choose between two people he cares so much. He was pulling himself together and grieving in his own way. It was what I want Emma to understand. But no, she’s playing her own game without caring about other people.
You know what makes me tick? She hated her own baby brother because he lives and her mom didn’t. I understand the anger but to blame the child? Seriously, girl? And to top it all she was scared that Dan will put his time on his child and neglected her. Which all boils down to her. Again. I thought she was seventeen but she was acting like insolent child the whole time. So yeah, it so hard for me to empathize because her actions is just so questionable. Very unbearable.
It’s a good thing that she has a good friend and even found love interest amidst these things she was doing to deal with her loss. But because I hated her gut, it was so hard for me to redeem her character. I know by the end of the story she will realize but it was just too late. I’m glad she sorted her issues out but seeing I was aghast on her behavior the majority time the last good bits didn’t matter to me.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “Like what you’re thinking. I feel like I’m taped together most of the time, like I’m a shadow of the Emma that used to be.” — Emma