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The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman
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Oh boy - get the tissues out ready when you read this book! It is an emotive, tear jerker and a great read.

Two years ago eighteen year old Audra Madison was the recipient of the heart of seventeen year old Emily Cavanaugh, saving her own life as Emily lost hers. She’s wanted to find out more about the girl who died and enabled her to live so has used the internet to find out more about her. She’s discovered Emily’s tumblr photos, her ‘Done-It’ list, and wants to recreate them. She contacts Jake, the photographer and Emily’s grieving brother, asking him to help her do this. He agrees but the two are obviously wary and Jake is moody, inconsistent in his interactions, brooding and also very talented at both photography and playing the piano. He keeps warning Audra not to get close to him as he’s sure to hurt her . . .

The story is told from Audra’s point of view as she explores her own feelings of survivor’s guilt and her new chance at life. As she strives to discover more about Emily whilst settling into life as a freshman at University with her best friend, Kat, she accidentally also uncovers unexpected information and even more questions. There are other tragic events in the story; it is an emotional roller coaster, an angsty, heart wrenching story with so many twists and turns! I initially thought it was going to be a relatively straight-forward, run-of-the-mill new adult romance but it certainly isn’t. There are light hearted moments but it is the emotional turmoil that makes this story stand out from the rest. When I discovered this is a debut novel, I was amazed - this author is definitely one to watch out for in future!

Thanks to the publisher for enabling me to read a copy of this via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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Reading Progress

March 21, 2017 – Started Reading
March 21, 2017 – Shelved
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: adult
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: authors-to-look-out-for
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: college
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: contemporary
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: contemporary-romance
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: friends-to-lovers
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: medical
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: mystery
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: netgalley
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: puzzles
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: romance
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: suspense
March 21, 2017 – Shelved as: ya
March 21, 2017 – Finished Reading

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