"I read the book "In a Heartbeat" by Loretta Ellsworth. The story begins when, Eagan, an amazing figure skater, dies after attempting a triple-lutz in a competition. The story then is handed over to Amelia, a girl with CHF, or Congestive Heart Failure. She has waited months for transplant, but is troubled when she is able to receive one. She knows that it means someone else must die for her to be happy. Slowly, things are revealed about Eagan's troubled relationship with her mom and Amelia's new attitude and cravings. Is her donor trying to tell her something, or is it just side effects from the drugs?
I highly recommend this book, as I couldn't put it down and finished it in less than 2 days. (around 2 hours). The coolest thing is that the book is dedicated to her mother and nephew. She began the story as therapy at the loss of both. Her mother had passed away from Congestive Heart Failure and her nephew, Jason, had a fatal motorcycle accident. Jason was an organ donor, as shown on his driver's license, like Eagan. She felt happy that part of him lived on, like Eagan's parents. This book was written in the memories of both and helped her keep writing through her grief.
This is a great book to read so don't hesitate to pick it up. The book is amazing and worth a try. It also teaches great lessons such as to enjoy life while you have it, because some are not as fortunate. The author did a great job with the tricky subject of death and turned the book into something you want to read."
Did you see Skyfall yet? It's pretty entertaining if you ask me. Did it make you want to see more James Bond flicks? How about reading a spy story or two? I've read one recently that I enjoyed. It's called Also Known As by Robin Benway. It's about a girl named Maggie who is a professional safecracker. She can break into any vault, door, safe, you name it. She's actually like one of the best in the world. When her family gets sent to New York City for Maggie's very first solo assignment, she is pretty excited about it. Too bad this assignment involves attending a high school and pretending to be a normal teenager. So far Maggie has been fine avoiding that kind of drama and isn't really looking to try her hand at the regular high school lifestyle. But in order to complete this very important assignment, she has to get close enough to Jesse Oliver to crack the case of his possibly corrupt father. Jesse Oliver is cute and probably annoying, but a job's a job and this may be the most important job ever!
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (who will be visiting the Hub on September 3rd!)
This book is about how Jeffrey, a cancer survivor, struggles to pass eighth grade. Due to the medicine he was taking during cancer treatment, he sometimes has trouble learning and listening in class. His best friend, Tad, who is still in treatment for cancer decides to tutor Jeffrey. But Jeffrey will only do it if, during gym class, Jeffrey can help to get Tad to walk across the stage at graduation. Jeffrey's brother Steven, the one person who Jeffrey has always supported him is now in Africa because he needed time off from college. Will Jeffrey pass the eighth grade? Will Jeffrey's supporters come through for him?
I recommend this book to people who like realistic novels with tragedy and comedy.
Review by Jack S.