Monday, March 8, 2010

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 17/20
Writing: 17/20
Recommendation: 17/20
Overall: 88/100 or B
Source: Publisher
A small mistake cost Eagan her life during a figure skating competition. She leaves so many things undone. In the afterlife, she reflects on her memories of the bad relationship with her mother, her love of skating, and her boyfriend Scott. Amelia learns that she will finally get a new heart after years of being sick. She is guilty about the fact that someone is dead, but Amelia is still excited about her new life. After the heart transplant, she feels different. Amelia is dreaming of figure skating and craving grape candy. She needs to learn more about her donor's life, and she discovers that they needed it just as much as she did.
This book made me cry a few times, because I could really connected to In a Heartbeat and found it to be a unique book. It also had amazing characters. I liked Eagan. She had a fiery personality and it was interesting to see her past and how that shaped who she was. I could relate to Amelia so much. I have been sick for over three years and know how that whole family has to change around that. I also understand the fear that she had about the transplant. I get infusions every three weeks and there is always a risk of something going wrong. W I also loved Ari is was such a sweet character and I wanted to learn more about him. He was so interesting. In a Heartbeat has a great plot. It is told in alternating points of view. The characters didn't seem to mesh together, which happens in some alternating POV books. I also liked that this book had originality, I don't think that I have seen a book like this. I found Ellsworth to be a great writer and I can't wait to read other books by her. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed If I Stay by Gayle Forman or Lurlene McDaniel's books.


  1. Wonderful review, I just recently picked this one up from the store, I look forward to reading it!

  2. This one looks good! Can't wait to read it :) Great review btw ;)

  3. Nice review. I really enjoyed this :)

  4. I can't wait to read this one. It looks absolutely fantastic.


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