Author: Elizabeth Scott
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: January 28, 2014
Review Source: Harlequin Teen | Edelweiss
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?
I haven't really been this depressed after reading a book since Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, and then most recently, Melt. If you're looking for something to pull at your heart strings and make you all mushy inside...then look no further! This is the book that will do just that!
The beginning of the story instantly got me in the gut. I mean...her mom is dead, but is being kept "alive" to maybe give her little brother a chance to live. Wow! And I really felt bad for her stepfather, Dan, because I could tell he really did care for her. Get your tissues ready!!
There were times that I just wanted to reach into my Kindle and shake Emma to get her out of her depression. Yah, I'd be mad too if my mom had recently died and was still hooked up on some machines. There came a point though that I was just too depressed to read! I wanted either the mom to wake up and say, "Surprise!" or Emma's attitude would change. And then came the answer...Caleb. I knew I'd like him from the beginning of the story. A "Bad Boy" with his own hidden issues, and cute too. I think he was just what she needed to get out of her funk, but you know things don't always turn out the way the reader wants it to.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to my middle school students who want something sad and depressing to read. Don't lie...you know you like books like that every once and awhile too!