Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Age Group: Young Adult
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?
My Thoughts: I am a big time fan of Elizabeth Scott. I’ve read almost all of her books and she was one of the first YA authors I read when I started blogging.
We are introduced to Emma whose mom is basically dead. Her mother is being kept alive for her baby brother who is growing inside her belly. They have to keep her heart beating and make sure her body gets what it needs to let her brother develop properly.
Emma just isn’t happy about this, she feels like its wrong, and she had no choice in the matter. She’s upset, she’s confused, and she just hates things. She went from being really involved in school to basically not caring anymore about anything. Her best friend tries to help her but Emma is just having a hard time.
I felt for Emma, I really did. Sometimes I felt like she took it out on her stepdad a little too much. Yes, he was thinking about his son, but what choice did he really have either?
And, I really liked the introduction of Caleb. I loved the moments Emma spent with him. He was the real highlight in the story for me. Yes, I enjoyed this one, but I really really loved Caleb and I wanted to get to know him better.
I’m happy I read this one, and I’m happy with the way things ended.
Overall: I really enjoyed this one. It was also a very fast read for me. Still a fan of Elizabeth Scott.
Cover: I like it. Its simple but nice.
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