In A Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

InaHeartbeatAbout the Book
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When a small mistake costs sixteen-year-old Eagan her life during a figure-skating competition, she leaves many things unreconciled, including her troubled relationship with her mother. From her vantage point in the afterlife, Eagan reflects back on her memories, and what she could have done differently, through her still-beating heart.
When fourteen-year-old Amelia learns she will be getting a heart transplant, her fear and guilt battle with her joy at this new chance at life. And afterwards when she starts to feel different–dreaming about figure skating, craving grape candy–her need to learn about her donor leads her to discover and explore Eagan’s life, meeting her grieving loved ones and trying to bring the closure they all need to move on.

GBC Review by Sofia S.

WOW! This is a pretty good read, considering that it is half about living at the expense of anothers life. In a Heartbeat is about a sassy, outgoing girl (Eagan) who dies in a skating accident, and donates her heart to a shy girl named Amelia. Neither girl ever knew the other, but as soon as Amelia has surgery, her personality changes. Amelia finds herself becoming like Eagen. As she finds the family of her heart donor, she learns about the protective instincts of parents, about love, and about peace when you die. It is a lovely story, and I think most girls will like it .

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