No one asks if you want to be born, and no one tells you when you die either. Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing--no memories, no self--and then suddenly, shes plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma She doesnt remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she ...
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No one asks if you want to be born, and no one tells you when you die either. Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing--no memories, no self--and then suddenly, shes plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma She doesnt remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that shes trapped in a consciousness without a body and shes spending every moment watching a stranger. Breckon Codys on the edge. Hes being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breathe. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath hes barely hanging on. Even though she didnt know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckons pain, and shes determined to find a way help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who cant see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life--a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy.from via
Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: Ashlyn Baptise doesnt know where she is. Now somehow without a body she still exists in consciousness, and she finds herself drawn to a stranger. Brecken Cody is out of sorts, too. Having recently lost his sister, for which he feels partly to blame, Brecken is in the throes of grief. It is hard to talk about this novel without giving away a pivotal plot point but that the way in which Martin reveals how Brecken and Ashlyn are intertwined was unexpectedand amazing. Voice really drives the novel, making it impossible not to root for both characters as they try to navigate new emotional (and in Ashlyns case, physical, too) experiences. In the vein Gayle Formans If I Stay and Jenny Downhams Before I Die, My Beating Teenage Heart is the type of novel that will remain with you long after youve read the last page. --Jessica Schein