by Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Rate: Loved it
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?
Brace yourselves, Book Addicts, to cry and smile like never before with a book.
In the story we meet Emma, the main character, who's mother is brain dead but is kept alive to maintain the baby she was carrying when she collapsed alive. Before that she was a happy teenage girl, studious and falling in love with intelligent and petulant boys. Now she doesn't care anymore about the things that once were important and she is definitely full of anger. She's furious with her stepdad for keeping her dead mom half-alive, she's furious with the unborn baby for the risks her mother put herself on to have him or her in order to make Emma's stepfather happy and she's furious with the unfair world.
As you can imagine, Ms. Scott brought a difficult subject to this story. A moral one. Would you keep your mother alive even if she's brain dead, gone forever, to save an unborn baby? Is it wrong for Emma to hate the baby even if it's not his/her fault? Is it wrong to blame her stepdad for her mother's dead? And, is it wrong to feel that much anger?
Emma's mother was, what we could call, old to have carefree pregnancy. She was in her mid-forties so this means that the baby could have difficulties. Plus Emma's mom had health problems and the doctors told her it would be too risky.
I understood Emma's attitude towards the world and specially towards Dan, her stepfather. He never asked what she wanted, what she thought her mother would like to do. He just made his decision right away. Plus she's an amazing main character. She's someone you can relate yourself and put yourself in her skin. It's really easy to understand her situation and you are unable to judge her.
Caleb is also what I like to call a lost soul. Her sister died when he was watching her and his parents blame him for what happened. And he also blames himself. He did a serious of bad choices and end up building that anger that Emma's so familiar with now.
It's really nice to read how two people surrounded by grief, guilt, anger and a world that seems to not understand them, find themselves and in the process they find love after death. Ms. Scott beautifully wrote the process of understanding each other and finding a friendship thanks to their own grief and anger. After that, they started to need each other. And then they find each other and fall in love. So, yes, Elizabeth Scott created a romantic story in the most hopeless situation: suffering the death of a loved one and loose your path in life.
I truly recommend this book and hope that you give Emma's story a chance, because I know you're going to love it. But first, make sure you have tissues with you!
ELIZABETH SCOTT grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She’s sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn’t want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, and firmly believes you can never own too many books.
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