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BEATING HEART by A.M. Jenkins

BEATING HEART

A Ghost Story

By A.M. Jenkins

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-054607-7
Publisher: HarperTempest

Two interwoven stories, one in poetry, one in prose, and two teens, one a modern boy, the other a ghost, interact in this deftly crafted outing. Evan has moved into an old Victorian home with his mother and sister, and is happy in his relationship with his girlfriend Carrie. Soon, though, he begins having vivid sexual dreams about Cora. Cora, unaware of her own death, confuses Evan with the boy she loved at the end of her life. As Evan loses control over his relationship with Carrie, the reader learns the circumstances of Cora’s death and watches as history appears to be repeating itself. Jenkins plants clues and builds suspense while exploring many of the difficulties involved in adolescent sexual relationships. The result is intriguing and certainly haunting. A winner. (Fiction. YA)