ARC Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Author: Elizabeth Scott
Genre: Young Adult/Love & Romance
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Date of Publication: 28 January 2014
Source: Electronic ARC given by Publisher through Edelweiss
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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Elizabeth Scott

Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.
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I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and I was not compensated for this review.

Another heart-warming and yet heart-breaking novel from Elizabeth Scott that will surely catch every young girls attention when it comes to school and family, and of course, love.

"'I just think lief should be lived, you know?' she said to me more than once. 'And how can all the talking with a keyboard ever be like actually talking to someone? It can't. People need each other.' "
Emma has had her life directed towards her goals, her dream school, her future job and career, but when her mother died, all that she has worked for became nothing. She failed her exams, never submitted anything on time, in short, she became miserable. While in the midst of her grieving, she met Caleb Harrison, the drug addict and car thief who drove his father's car into the lake. Caleb is as broken as she is, and they understood each other in a way that nobody else can. Soon, they found each other as strengths and that strength turns to love they never knew existed between them. 

"If everything matters, then nothing can because it's all the same. And If it's all the same, then nothing is ever special."
While I was reading the book, I do not actually know how the story will turn out. I mean, it is a given that whenever you start a book, you'd actually find it boring or has a dead start to it. I wouldn't deny it, it was one of those books but as I said, most books are like that. When you reach the pre-middle part, I actually understood how it all started. Miss Scott pulled emotions deep down like it's based on experience. It was heartfelt and sad and heartbreaking at the same time. She has this talent of mixing up big emotions that drives you to read more, to discover more, to want more, and to know more what will happen next. I don't actually know why or how she wrote stuff like this but I'm actually buying it. It's not everyday I get to read a book like this beautiful and broken. Its perfectly imperfect. 

"I see what grief does, how it strips you bare, shows you all the things you don't want to know. That loss doesn't end, that there isn't a moment where you are done, when you can neatly put it away and move on. It never leaves you."
I admire Emma. She's strong yet gullible to her beliefs. There are moments that I actually pity her, because let's face it, how will you actually feel if each day you that you live, you get to see your own dead mother lying in a hospital bed with machines and wires attached to her and tries to let her live? More hurtful, if your mother is pregnant, with a life inside her that strives to make it to the world? That is one awful and hurtful view to see each freaking day. With the emotions pouring out, I saw and understood how Emma felt. The emotions were surreal and it actually has an effect. I love how poignant this story turned out to be. While you're on the verge of breaking, love strikes, tries to fix you, and let you be whole again, no matter who you are with or who you love the most. 

And have I mentioned anything about the title? No? Well, the title was PERF! It actually related to the whole story. You know that saying when a door closes another one opens? Well, this one is similar to that, only, when a heartbeat stops another one starts. And it absolutely says so much about the story. Heartbeat. I couldn't recommend this book much more! This is one of my top reads for 2014!

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