Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Before, Emma was super focused on grades and had a happy family with her mother and step-father. Now, Emma is grieving and angry. Her mother is dead, she and her step-father are estranged, and the only person Emma still has is her best friend Olivia. Then Emma meets Caleb, the car stealing bad-boy of her high school. Caleb understands Emma in a way no one else can, because he lost a family member too. Can Caleb and Emma help each other learn how to go on living with those they love have died?
I really love Elizabeth Scott's writing. This story sounds like it could be very melodramatic, but Scott writes Emma so that she is amazingly sympathetic for as self-absorbed (by grief) that she is. Emma's mother (who is dead the entire book) is very well described and without ever being present is actually a fleshed out character. Emma's lamentations about ignoring her mother in favor of studying and pursuing her future are very touching. There are times when Emma seems to be a bit exaggerated, and Caleb's home life is very convenient to the story, but those are some minor issues. All in all, I think that Scott has written another touching book with a main character dealing with grief and redefining her life.