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In a Heartbeat: Book summary and reviews of In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

In a Heartbeat

by Loretta Ellsworth

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In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2010
    224 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

Told in alternating viewpoints, In a Heartbeat tells the emotional and compelling story of two girls sharing one heart.

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"The book's climax ... feels manufactured and somewhat rushed, but the emotions of the two protagonists are painstakingly fine-tuned. Readers will likely come away teary eyed and inspired to become organ donors themselves. Ages 12–up." - Publishers Weekly

"Ellsworth’s dramatic story of loss and second chances is deftly tempered by its candid teen narration and light touches of mystery and romance, making it a highly satisfying read" - Booklist

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Rose Dove

In a Heartbeat
In a Heartbeat was a very good book. When i first started reading it i thought i wouldn't like it. It turned out to be a fabulous book. Definitely recommend to read

Melody Smith

My experience
It was a very heart-warming book with a few twists an turns. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

caitlynn

Great Book!!
This is a great book about two young girls that share a heart.

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Loretta Ellsworth

Loretta Ellsworth is the author of three novels for young readers, In a Heartbeat, The Shrouding Woman, and In Search of Mockingbird, which won the 2007 Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award Honor Book for Children’s Literature, and was named to the 2008 New York Library List of Teenage Books. She lives in Minnesota.

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