How do you let go of someone who isn’t quite gone?
Emma’s mom wasn’t there when they found her on the kitchen floor. Her brain was dead. But her heart still beats, and, thanks to Emma’s stepfather, it will keep beating for as long as it takes to keep the baby inside her alive. Emma knows that her mother wouldn’t have wanted to be kept alive like this, but her stepfather refuses to listen.
Before, all Emma knew about Caleb was that he was trouble, stealing cars, maybe doing drugs. Now, she knows the real Caleb, someone who understands the kind of loss she’s dealing with. Someone who understands how hard it is to let go of someone you love.
Old Emma would never have seen past Caleb’s reputation to the pain he carries with him, but Emma isn’t that person anymore. She is someone new, someone who has to find a way out of the maze of pain and and anger she’s trapped in. And somehow, she has to find a way to grieve for her mom…even when she can still hear each beat of her heart.
Heartbeat is scheduled to be released on January 28, 2014.
Highly recommended for grades 8 and up – some sexual references
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