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Change of Heart

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  375 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, popular varisty soccer star Emmi comes down with an ordinary virus. But when she doesnt bounce back as always, she gets the worst possible newsshes had endocarditis thats destroyed her heart, putting her into congestive heart failure. This formerly energetic teen can now barely walk across a room without having to stop and rest. And th ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by WestSide Books
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Jun 09, 2010 Katelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Shari Maurer really knows how to draw the most dramatic feelings out of her readers. I was a mess while reading this book and was just so sad, I left feeling the same way. The main character Emmi really got to me (so did just about everything else) and I connected with her right away. I was instantly protective of her and each time she hit another obstacle I felt like it was a personal attack or something. I was way too invested in this story at times, like I said, this book had me super emotion ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, medical
I am so incredibly conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly agree with Emmi that just because you are young and sick, you don't have to put on this happy, brave face for the world. You should be allowed to be sick and grumpy and cranky. But boring and horrible? Maybe real people are allowed to be that way, but not in books. I just wanted to slap Emmi upside her head and tell her to shut up. Maurer told it honestly, but I wanted something a little more redeeming - I wanted to ...more

A refreshing and new premise for YA but a tragically real situation for some, Change of Heart throws into question the value of life as a teenager. The natural mindset is invincibility but what happens when a teen goes from running across a soccer field to being high on a heart transplant list less than a month later? Though there have been other heart transplant books, this one is unique both in premise and execution.

Emmi is a well balanced character at the start, having some teenage moments bu
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Why I Read this Book: Since I first heard about this book earlier last year, I’ve been wanting to read it. I’m one of those people that likes a good emotional read every now and then. Sometimes I just need a good cry. I knew Change of Heart would be one of those books.

What I Liked: Change of Heart was one of the most emotional, yet heartbreakingly touching stories I’ve read. It brought me to tears it was so moving. It’s one of those books that leaves a huge impact on you long after the last page
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
(From the book jacket) Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, popular varsity soccer star Emmi gets the worst possible news- she’s had myocarditis that’s destroyed her heart, putting her into congestive heart failure. Now she can barely walk across a room without stopping to rest. Without a heart transplant, she’ll die in a matter of months. It’s only her growing friendship with Abe, the funny, smart teen she meets in the cardiac clinic, that cheers her up. But difficult questions race through he ...more
Aug 06, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
CHANGE OF HEART, by Shari Maurer, is a story of one teenage girl fighting against a life-threatening virus and trying to hold onto some semblance of her life. Maurer created a strong, successful high school athlete and then stripped away everything that Emmi thought was important, giving her a critical eye of everything around her. In the face of death, Emmi got a second chance at life.

I enjoyed this book right from the start. Emmi was a star soccer player with endless opportunities in front of
Feb 13, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Summary: Emmi’s life is going perfectly, when all of a sudden she is diagnosed with heart failure. The former soccer star is now barely able to walk five feet without becoming winded. Emmi must learn to over come her anxiety as she waits for a heart transplant, and along the way discovers that life really means a lot more than she thought it did.

My thoughts: I guess I should preface this review by saying that this book really hit close to home. When I was sixteen, I went through an enormous amo
Yelania Nightwalker
Nov 02, 2012 Yelania Nightwalker rated it it was amazing
Pienso que cuando tienes 16 años, crees que eres invencible. O inmortal. Quizá ambos…

Esta frase, escrita en el prólogo, me llamó mucho la atención. Si ya de por sí, la sinopsis me atraía, encontrarme con esto, me hizo seguir adelante hasta terminar el libro casi de una sentada.

Emmi es una chica deportista, que como toda adolescente, puede llegar a sentirse dueña del universo, se me hacía un poco egoísta, no sé. Ella sentía que su vida era perfecta, y hasta cierto punto, así era, solo que entonce
Logan Byers
Mar 27, 2016 Logan Byers rated it it was amazing
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Change of Heart is a book that's been sitting on my shelf longer than I intended it to be. I'm glad I finally picked it up. It's one of those reads that kind of took me by surprise in terms of the story and how I felt about it. I started off really liking Emmi. She's the star soccer play, she's a typical teenager who loves her family, but gets annoyed with them, has great friends, does well at school etc. Than out of the blink of an eye, everything changes for Emmi. Through the course o
Jul 06, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change of Heart is an interesting story. It takes a very serious subject matter (heart failure), but treats it in a way that isn’t overly saccharin or manipulative. In fact some readers may have difficulty relating to Emmi – a girl who is suffering from congestive heart failure and is awaiting a heart transplant. Emmi doesn’t react like most MC’s would in this situation. She isn’t sweet and reflective. She was a popular, athletic teenager and she wants her life back damn it! And she’s mad that h ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Marianna rated it really liked it
At 16 all you have to worry is about decent grades, a good haircut, make up, boys… right? You shouldn’t be worried with death or life, but Emmi does.
Her life was great, I mean of course she did not think it was perfect, her mother was irritating sometimes, Sam, the baseball star didn’t noticed her the way she liked, but she was a kick-ass soccer player, she had good friends, she was healthy, or so she thought.
Then she gets sick and suddenly the most terrible news arrive to her: she might die. Wh
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Mar 12, 2010 Amber ~ The Reading Addict rated it really liked it
*Actual rating was 4.5*

This was a very emotional read for me. Maurer approached a sticky subject and handled it extremely well. Change of Heart is a heart-wrenching story of family, strength, love, and self-discovery. Something about it touched my heart.

The main focus of the story is Emmi and how she deals with her heart problems. Still, Maurer doesn't neglect the other elements in Emmi's life. As the reader, I was with Emmi through heart-break and loneliness. I was also there when she was surro
Jul 07, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
When I read the description of this book I knew what it was going to be about and I expected some heart-wrenching moments, drama, and possibly a sad ending. And I was right, it contained all that, but I liked that there was so much more to it than that as well.

I think my favorite part of this book were the actual characters. From Emmi to the minor characters like the doctors and nurses, I liked how each one was individually portrayed. I have to admit that Emmi frustrated me because of her attit
Damon Lee
Oct 31, 2010 Damon Lee rated it it was amazing
Change of Heart was an odyssey of emotions. This book was filled with fears, anxieties, and love throughout the story. The fact that this story was written by a cardiologists wife made it more than genuine. I felt as if I was getting to know the character very well. This story did more than jus a good read but to bring awareness to a big issue. Many people have to go through situations like this daily but no one likes to think about it. The best part of the story is that while You're fixated on ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: junior-year
Change of Heart is a very sad and emotional book. The protagonist Emmi is a very athletic person. She loves to play sports and run and just be active. That is until one day she gets diagnosed with a heart problem. Her relationship with her parents weren't the greatest but they improve overtime when they find out about Emmi's problem. Everyone seems to start to care more for each other. Emmi can't be too active for a long period of time, she has a shortage of breath by just walking up stairs. He ...more
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Jun 10, 2010 Angela M rated it really liked it
This was a very touching book that really broached a tricky subject and handled it with grace. Emmi is such a down-to-earth, regular teen girl, with regular teen worries. She's very easy to relate to. When she finds out that her life is about to take a drastic turn for the worse she handles it like many of us probably would; with grief and anger and frustration. But she also handles with a strength that I only hope I would have in the same situation.

One of the only things I didn't really enjoy i
Jan 21, 2011 Paige rated it really liked it
"Change of Heart" was a book about a teenage girl with a heart problem. She was an amazing soccer player until suddenly getting weak, fainting in the big game, and having a doctor tell her that she needs a transplant to live. This book is young adult fiction; it is very dramatic and suspenseful. It also tears at your heart because this young girl is going through the hardest thing in her life, and she doesn't know what to do.
I did like this book! It was very interesting to see how someone's li
Feb 15, 2017 Tina rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5. I wish the author presented more regarding Abe's character, but it was a good, quick read.
Jessica Saylor
Okay, first of all, let me say, this book was not bad. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. But this book was like every other health issue book, but not done as well.

When I was a child, I was a big fan of Lurlene McDaniel. If you don't know anything about her, you should! She has tons of books focusing on real life issues such as cancer, heart issues and other such illnesses. To me, she sets the bar for the 'real-life issue' books. No matter what is going on in the book, you walk away appr
Ellz Readz
May 16, 2010 Ellz Readz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts...Change Of Heart is an incredibly heart wrenching story that will entice readers of all ages.

I think many of us are afraid of something, spiders, heights, deep water, the usual stuff. I think all of us, deep down are afraid of illness. Our body suddenly shutting down, failing us, leaving us helpless and weak. I am. The main character, Emmi, is a seemingly healthy teenager. She is smart, pretty, athletic, then the unthinkable happens and her heart gives out. Just thinking about the
Cindy Hudson
Nov 19, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Emmi feels at her best when she’s on the soccer field. She hopes to win a scholarship to college and keep playing all her life. That is until she’s sidelined with viral myocarditis, an infection that weakens her heart and threatens her life. All of sudden she’s spending more time with doctors than with friends and she lands on the waiting list for a new heart.

Change of Heart by Shari Maurer shows Emmi negotiating the normal pains of being a teen—schoolwork, issues with her boyfr
Medeia Sharif
Mar 20, 2010 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Emmi is a star soccer play with a heart condition that has gotten worse and can’t be ignored. She is facing heart failure and will need a transplant—a heavy issue to think about at a young age when she has so many things to look forward to.

She has her friends on her side, or so she thinks, and a boyfriend, Sam. The person she ends up feeling closest to is Abe, a boy at the cardiac clinic whom she can relate to in so many ways. Emmi has hurdles and heartache to overcome, and has to maintain both
Pamela Hubbard
Emmi, an active, social 16 year old who has a passion for soccer comes down with a virus that damages her heart. Within a few weeks her whole life changes and she is placed on the heart transplant list. The book tells of her inner and outer struggles as she deals with her new reality and doesn't know what her future will hold.
The book started out okay, but as it went on, the writing got worse and the plot became unbearable. The writing was extremely simplistic and I felt like I was reading abou
Feb 22, 2011 Bpuckett rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens and adults
Shelves: tbf-2011
16 year old Ellie is passionate about soccer. She and her best friend, Becca, have played since they were little kids. When Ellie develops a horrible virus, cold and fever before the big game, she pushes through, determined to play - especially since college scouts are watching. When Ellie passes out in the final play of the game, she has no clue what is to come. Ellie ends up with heart disease and the coming year follows her wait for a heart transplant, her developing relationship with Sam, he ...more
Julie Schoerke
Sep 06, 2010 Julie Schoerke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Highly Recommend
Shari Maurer, the author, offered my teen-age daughter and me an opportunity to talk extensively about a book we both loved but perceived in different ways. It's a great mother/daughter book choice. Emmi, the teenager who has a weak heart, takes us on a roller-coaster of emotion that is well-worth the ride. She's a typical high school girl and fully developed as a character, which means that she's far from an idyllic victim that is to be pitied for having a weaken body. Hopefully everyone who re ...more
Written Word Review
Feb 28, 2010 Written Word Review rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a "real life"
Recommended to Written Word Review by: Shari Maurer
Shelves: arc
If your searching for a good “real life” drama then this book is for you. Shari Maurer captured the emotional turmoil of a teenager undergoing a health crisis beautifully.

I’ve never gotten so emotionally invested with a character before, but that all change once I read Change of Heart. I found myself yelling at the characters in the story. Something I seldom find myself doing these days. One time I actually threw the book across the room. This might give you the wrong impression, but her render
Liza Reid
Apr 11, 2011 Liza Reid rated it liked it
I haven't read a lot of young adult novels, and wasn't initially sure I'd be able to get into one about a 16-year old girl in need of a heart transplant. It starts out in typical teenage self-conscious and superficial concern, and continues this way through most of the story. Although much different from the questions and concerns of my daily life now, I had to admit it wasn't a far cry from my own high-school diary, were I to open it today. Emmi is a very honest and realistic character, who doe ...more
May 27, 2010 Betty rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YAs
The characters are likable. The BFF is a typical BFF. The guys are cute. There's normal friction between mother and daughter. Throw in a need for a heart transplant for some drama.

It was much more interesting to read the author's web site about her own life. Her husband is a cardiologist. Her daughter was born with a heart-defect. She wrote a resource book for parents of children with heart defects. You can read the first page of her book while waiting for it to come
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Shari Maurer's first YA novel, CHANGE OF HEART, will debut in Spring 2010. She is also the co-author of THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO CHILDREN'S CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS. Shari is a big advocate for organ donation registration. Come say hi at"
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