Author: Elizabeth Scott
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Harlequin TEEN via NetGalley
Goodreads rating: 3.75 out of 5.00 (250+ ratings)
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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 is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.
Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.
Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?
Review by Nara
While I do understand how people could consider this book a five star read, there was one thing (literally one thing) that stopped it from becoming one of mine. This was the main character. OMFG EMMA. Seriously. She was so angry and spiteful and selfish and I just couldn't take it. Okay, I get that her mother has actually passed away and is being kept "alive" to save the baby and so Emma is in grieving and all that, but I don't understand why she hates Dan so much. All he's doing is trying to SAVE YOUR BROTHER'S LIFE ARGH!
I understand what she meant now about the edge and how hate can take over everything. I see it. I feel it. But I don't know how to stop it. And the one person who could, the one person who'd be able to pull me back, is gone.Ignoring the problem of Emma's bitchiness, the rest of the book was rather good. The main thing keeping me reading the book was the romance. Caleb was a very intriguing character. I don't think I've ever really read a book where the love interest is so flawed (or maybe I have and just can't remember lol). Just as Emma carries this heavy grief, Caleb does too- as well as guilt and hate and god knows what else. However, whereas in Emma's case I just couldn't connect with her character, strangely, there's an understanding when I read about Caleb. Even though what Caleb does/did is on many levels, much worse. Actually, I'd almost prefer it if we could see things from Caleb's POV. He was just such an interesting character, much more so than Emma.
I see what grief does, how it strips you bare, shows you all the things you don't want to know. That loss doesn't end, that there isn't a moment where you are done, when you can neatly put it away and move on. It never leaves you.Well, overall, I would definitely recommend this book to people looking for a poignant, feels-inducing story with a swoon-worthy romance.