In a Heartbeat
by Loretta Ellsworth
Released February 2, 2010
Walker & Company
When a small mistake costs sixteen-year-old Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition, she leaves many things unreconciled, including her troubled relationship with her mother. From her vantage point in the afterlife, Eagan reflects back on her memories, and what she could have done differently, through her still-beating heart.
When fourteen-year-old Amelia learns she will be getting a heart transplant, her fear and guilt battle with her joy at this new chance at life. And afterward when she starts to feel different—dreaming about figure skating, craving grape candy—her need to learn about her donor leads her to discover and explore Eagan’s life, meeting her grieving loved ones and trying to bring the closure they all need to move on.
Told in alternating viewpoints, In a Heartbeat tells the emotional and compelling story of two girls sharing one heart.
With three kids of my own I can't imagine the heart-breaking anguish of having a chronically ill child, especially something as nerve-wracking as a heart transplant patient where your childs life depends on the death of someone else.
I've seen movies and heard stories about people who have received transplants seeking out their donors families but I was especially intrigued by the fact that some people who have had these transplants actually feel emotions and urges that their donors had. Its weird but cool at the same time!
Although I know there is a large audience for the sappy, make you cry, tear-jerkers this book, for the most part, is not one of them! It's better than that...the story of Eagan and Amelia and how their destinies ultimately intersect will keep you turning the pages. What happens to Eagan after she realizes she is dead is a little mystery in itself...where is she? The story of Eagan's relationship with her mom will hit home with any parent or teen who struggles to communicate with each other and the possible repercussions of what happens if there isn't another day to say I'm sorry.
Amelia's search for her donor, her new found energy and the boy who helps her through it all are other great aspects to the story. I really enjoyed this one!
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