In a Heartbeat
By Loretta Ellsworth
When Eagan dies, Amelia has the chance to live. Read about both of their stories in the novel In a Heartbeat
A sixteen year old girl whose life was all about figure skating. After she dies at a figure skating competition, she relives parts of her life in flashbacks. She want to find a way to be alive again and in the end she realizes that she cannot.
A fourteen year old girl who has congestive heart failure. She is unable to do many activities that a regular person can easily do. She needs to have a heart transplant to keep living.
Ari's little brother, Tomas, had a heart transplant and talks to Amelia about having her heart transplant. Ari keeps coming back to see Amelia, and they become good friends. When Amelia wants to meet her donor's parents, she convinces him to take her there.
When Amelia gets her heart transplant, she starts to have traits that her donor had. Her donor had a feisty mouth and always had fights with her mother.
During Eagan's figure skating competitions everything intensifies because if you make a mistake then you could die or get badly hurt.
Eagan has an inexplicable sadness because she does not know where she is and if she is dead or not. She wants to be living and with her family or figure skating at a competition.
Final Reflection Questions
The best part of this novel was when Amelia really wanted to learn more about her donor. She lies to her parents and asked one of her friends to take her to meet her donor's family. She got to her donor's house and after a little while of talking to the family, she started feeling very sick. She was then taken to the hospital where she found out that the medication that she is taking now needed to change. She was going to be okay. This part was very good because I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next.
4. Also, in your opinion, why did the author choose to write this particular book? What was the big lesson to be learned?
The author chose to write this book because it show that if someone is very sick or going to die, then they can get better and live their life. You have to believe that you can get better to live on.
About the Author, Loretta Ellsworth