Author: Elizabeth Scott
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin Teen (January 28, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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?
I knew this might be a hard and even an emotional read going into it. I knew the subject matter might even be difficult to relate to or understand but I picked it up anyways because I really do enjoy Elizabeth Scott's work and I just knew this was one I needed to try.
I love it when an author can take a difficult subject matter and make it shine and pull all the right messages and emotions out of it and Ms. Scott seems to be one of those authors.
I know I will not do this book justice with this review because there is too much emotion, too many thoughts to try and convey and I just know I still wouldn't be able to get the right message across. So I will simply say this, I loved this read.
It was so gripping and raw. So much emotion for both Emma and Caleb. So many wonderful heartfelt and just deep quotes that I would be here all day if I wanted to write them all down and share them.
This dealt with grief and loss and anger and heartbreak and simply moving on, forgiving and putting the pieces all back together again. I don't think I have read anything like it. I felt for everyone, for Emma, for Dan, for Caleb and even for Olivia, who has to be the best friend in the whole wide world.
There are no easy answers or solutions or even always the right answers to what is going on and happening in Emma and Caleb's lives. Grief isn't something that can truly be defined because it is different for all of us. We all see it differently, experience it differently and deal with it differently but I think seeing it through three different people in very different ways was done beautifully.
Simply put, this story was a difficult one but a beautiful one too. It make me sad, it made me cry but it also made me smile and it made me feel hope.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*