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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,419 ratings  ·  603 reviews
Does life go on when your heart is broken?

Since her mother's sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She's being kept alive on machines for the sake of the baby growing inside her.

Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crush
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
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Emily May
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
"That's what makes you angry. What makes you hate. You don't want to believe that sometimes bad things happen just because they do."

I liked this so much more than I thought I would. The reviews so far have been barely better than average and for someone like me who is ridiculously picky when it comes to romance-y type books (I am full of the technical book terms today), it was natural for me to be wary. But there is so much pain and anger and selfishness floating around in Heartbeat that it was
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemp
I've never given a book one star before so bear with me...I'll try not to rant. I was expecting a Sarah Dessen-ish type book with a hard topic at the core, but with a lesson learned and some romance in between. And while this book had those components something went amiss in the execution.

It's kind of like baking a cake. If you add in the ingredients at the wrong time and too much or too little of even just one ingredient the end product is not quite right. It might still taste okay, but maybe
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Heartbeat first came to my attention because of an influx of negative reviews. As a reader who has attempted a handful of Scott's issue novels in the past - unsuccessfully as I simply could not get past those first few depressing chapters - I've been anxious to find a novel of hers that was equal parts charming and heartfelt. Scott's work is, generally, liked which makes it difficult to sift through the praise to discover whether or not that particular novel of hers will work for me. Thus, the p ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of this novel might have caused me several heart palpitations, with characters that seemed to move backwards instead of forwards, and an unlikeable cast of misfits and miscreants. Had I developed a bit more sense, I might have shoved the entire story aside and moved on with my life. But curiosity kept me flipping pages like I was flipping shirts into a suitcase ready to take the next bus out of town. Instead of ending up at the train station, I stopped about halfway there, and turned m ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Elizabeth Scott. She is one of my all time fave YA authors. I love the feeling of snuggling up with a new Scott book (she is, thankfully, a prolific writer ;)). Heart Beat has a gut wrenching, painful premise that would make the book hard work to get through were it not for Scott's effortless prose. Scott has this way of writing sparsely, making the emotion more gut wrenching (as opposed to waxing poetic about all the feelings).

I liked Heart Beat a lot but it wasn't an easy read. Emma's
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3.5 stars
Grief holds you tight. It holds you forever.

I don’t know how to start this review. My thoughts are about explode right out of my mouth so I may as well get to the point right now.

The book opens up with our seventeen year old protagonist, Emma, who now lives with her stepfather. Her father died when she was young, and her mother only died a few months ago. However, unlike her father, Emma is still able to see her mother every day, for she is being kep
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Sorry but I just can't continue with this book.

I don't think I've ever come across a more selfish, mean and 'punchable' character in a contemporary story. My dislike for the main character has no limits at this point, as I deeply disagree with everything this girls thinks/says/does regarding her step-father, her future-to-be love interest, actually the whole world around her. Yes, she was hurt but she was so wrong about how that happened and who is to blame for it.
This book would have been an em
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartbeat is a novel about a teenage girl who is grieving. Hers is a complicated grief (and really, is there even such a thing as “uncomplicated” grief?). Her mother is brain-dead and pregnant, being kept on life support in intensive care until such time as the baby can be delivered. So she is present, and yet not present: a state for which Emma blames her step-father, believing him to be acting against what her mother would have wanted in order to preserve the life of his son.

Emma’s grief is a
Heartbeat was my second book by Elizabeth Scott, and just from these two books it’s easy to see that Scott knows how to deal with Heart breaking family issues in a meaningful way. The story that Scott gives us in Heartbeat was definitely different from the reads I have picked up lately. Emma’s mum was brain dead, one minute she was fine making toast and the next she had collapsed. On top of having to cope with the loss, Emma’s stepdad decides to take it upon himself to make a big decision withou ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-book-love
I really, really loved this. It's super emotional, but not at all manipulative. I also loved the romance more than I have in a YA novel in some time--it just worked for me. I'll post a longer review closer to the release date.


I am excited for this book. I've really liked Elizabeth Scott's books, but it always feels like they're not marketed well (hello, Miracle, which was one of my favorites last year that no one even knew about). Hopefully, her new publisher, Harlequin Teen,
I picked this up this morning, and I noticed that it has gotten some bad reviews on goodreads, so I was expecting to dislike this book. I was wrong. This book was so emotional and raw, and it felt like these characters were real. One of the main reasons people may dislike this book is because the "main character is annoying" and yes, at times her decisions were frustrating and annoying, but I like a main character who has flaws. You have to understand that Emma has just lost her mother, and now ...more
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I'm honestly unsure of how to rate this one. It really made me cry and root for most of the characters, but at 304 pages I felt that the novel went by too quickly and not a lot of development happened.

We are first introduced to Emma, our very, very angry heroine. She wouldn't talk to her stepfather properly since she believed that her mother died only because she wanted to make him happy. I bet a lot of people will be irritated with her character, considering the fact that she was highly inc
Initial reaction: I really appreciated this latest book from Elizabeth Scott. It takes on a tough matter when Emma's stepfather Dan keeps his deceased wife alive for their baby to be born, but Emma's angry over the decision for a multitude of reasons. It's a difficult read in many places, but I thought the subject matter was handled well, as were the characters.

Full review:

Elizabeth Scott's "Heartbeat" is ultimately a story of grief in a wide variety of forms. This is probably a narrative that w
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I've said this and I'll say it again. Elizabeth Scott is an excellent author. Family issues are always more important than getting a new boyfriend in her stories and I admire that. When I read she teamed up with Harlequin Teen I was so happy because it seems that S&S didn't promote her books at all. I remember when Miracle came out and I didn't even know it was released for months. Not until I was looking for some recommendations and stumbled upon it.

Emma's mother died but machines are still ke
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Heartbeat is a heart wrenching story about loss and love and finding a place where you belong. Elizabeth Scott has a way with writing that draws you in and no matter what you try and do you can't put her books down. I had a paper due and I stayed up till 3am reading Heartbeat until I was done because I just needed to know what happened to the main characters. This is a story that tugs at your heart and has so many issues it addresses that h ...more
Dec 03, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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Stopped reading at about 35%

I'm completely heartbroken over here. I'm DEVASTATED that I didn't love Heartbeat . I think I'm mostly devastated because it has all the makings of a brilliant book, but the main character killed any enjoyment I could have had for it.

In a word, Emma is MEAN. She's a selfish, hostile bitch. I get that she lost her mother and that's horrible and devastating. She has every right to be upset—or even angry. But I could not handle
Stuti Rai
Unexpected love, sorrow, anger, wants all in heartbeats. Sweet and touching and emotive and intense. All and everything, the worst of times, the worst of circumstances, the beginning of lives as one fades away week by week, visit by visit.

The story ignites in me so many emotions. Scott makes you feel so torn and conflicted, and for. every. damn. character. Because it's not just Emma's story, it's her step-dad's, there's her mother long gone but s shadow still here, and the boy who lives in a ga
Emily Anne
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of original YA contemporaries
Recommended to Emily by: Myself
Wow. This book made me feel all the feels!!! Heartbeat contained beautiful writing, realistic and sympathetic characters, and a little sprinkling of tears and laughter. I listed Heartbeat on my Favorites Shelf on Goodreads. I only have 22 books on that list, and all the books more than deserve to be there. So, congratulations to Heartbeat!

I loved how Elizabeth Scott portrayed the main character, Emma. I know for a fact that some readers did not like Emma. However, to me, she behaved realisticall
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so sorry for this rating. I have tried so hard for not giving just one star, it's the worst thing you do to author who had published their writing. I feel so bad for this but I can't lie to myself. I don't like this book, even I tried.

This book told about a girl who has a died mother but her stepfather kept her body to save their children. Yeah, her mother was pregnant. The girl, named Emma, and her stepfather were always fought about what the mother truly wanted. The plot was so slow and s
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I do this really dangerous thing. I request review copies of books with interesting summaries from authors I have never heard of and then I forget about it. I get an email that says “you were approved for this book.” I often have no memory of what the book is or what it’s about, but I know that something about it caught my attention…so I read it. Without reading the synopsis. I go in completely blind. Sometimes, it’s a huge mistake. Aft
Jul 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
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Buckle up guys, you're in for a rant and I apologize ahead of time for any unintelligent babble. I'll try to be quick about it. I read this book in about 2 hours, 3 hours at most, not because it was so good that I couldn't put it down but because I had to speed read and skim through it. You know I don't have the heart to DNF books so I wo-manned up and got through it. I don't even know where to begin. Let's sta
Debbie Narh

2.5 Messed Up Clouds

The title of this novel fits with the story. The heartbeat of Emma’s unborn brother’s heart. But the thing that made my heart stop was Emma and her mean self. I understand that she’s grieving and that this novel is very sad but the amount of anger and just plain apathy I felt towards this book makes it a bad one and if I could go back, I wouldn’t read it.

From beginning to end, Emma is a complete bitch to her stepfather. Time and time again, he is nothing but nice to her b
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Elizabeth Scott's books are always deceptively slim. Hers is spare, economic prose that packs complex characters, relationships and issues into relatively small volumes that emotionally affect readers without overwhelming them.

"If everything matters, then nothing can because it's all the same. And if it's all the same, then nothing is ever special." The fact that one of the characters in Heartbeat utters these lines--which so clearly echo what a REAL LIFE TEEN said to me just yesterday that it'
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
OH LORD THE FEELS!!!! I could not put this down. I didn't know how this was going to play out but i was NOT expecting to break out in tears in parts and FEEL SO dang much! I LOVED THIS BOOK x Infinity XD

I The story was heartbreaking, raw, emotional, and unique! It reminded me of why i LOVED Elizabeth Scott's books so much in the past. She can truly weave real stories that you will hate to love because they make you feel so much and make you fall in love X3

The Romance was so sweet, captivating, a
Kristi Cook
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Was lucky enough to read an ARC of HEARTBEAT. Elizabeth Scott has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book did not disappoint! Absolutely loved it. Sniff, sniff....
Congratulations — Emma has officially won The Worst Main Character I've Read This Year! Review soon. ...more
Noor Amor
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
November 28th, 2014

“Heartbeat”, is a novel written by Elizabeth Scott about grief. This story takes place mainly in a hospital, and in a high school. A young girl named Emma, loses her pregnant mother in an abrupt death. The day before her mother died, she had suggested to Emma to go watch a movie but Emma went and did her homework alternately. The next day, her mother was reaching out to take a toast and fell, on the stop, she was gone. Emma’s stepfather, Dan, conjectures, without consulting Em
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Marie  Grey

If you're a big fan of Heartbeat, or any of Elizabeth Scott's books, stop reading now. Just a review full of angry gifs and cursing because FEELINGS. By the way, this is my opinion and I'm entirely entitled to it.

Sorry. I can't go on anymore. I don't want to waste my precious time reading this book. There are a lot of better and amazing books out there than Heartbeat that I have not yet to read. Sadly, Heartbeat isn't as close as amazing. Not even close.

I'm so angry. I'm still so
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
So after thinking about it, I'm changing my rating from the full 5 stars to 4 stars. There were some problems with this book, largely stemming from the main character. When I initially rated this 5 stars, it was because I had just finished it and thoroughly enjoyed the ending. Now that I've had time to process the book, as much as I enjoyed the ending, there were some things in the beginning and middle of the book that I had some problems with. And that's why my rating has changed from 5/5 to 4/ ...more
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