MY HEARTBEAT by Garret Freymann-Weyr

MY HEARTBEAT

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this lovely and passionate story, told in the first-person present, the questions of love are repeated over, under, around, and beneath: how do parents love their children? How do friends care for one another? What do love and sex have to do with each other? Ellen is 14, and the two most important people in her life are her older brother Link, a high-school senior, and his best friend James. In a world of privilege, private schools, Manhattan locales, and summers in Maine, Ellen wrestles with her deep love for her brother and the intensity of her feelings for his best friend. Are James and Link a couple? Ellen wrestles with that, too, with what it might mean to be gay. When Link begins dating a girl, James and Ellen try to find what they are to each other without Link, Ellen sees her brother’s talents, her parents’ differing desires but very real concerns, and James’s complex emotional life as puzzles to be solved with intensity and with desire. “A mind with its own heartbeat” is the favorite phrase of Link and Ellen’s dad, and Ellen’s mind beats across the tangle of feelings of all these beguiling, intelligent, and complicated folk. Breathtaking in the purity of its emotions and in its refusal to pigeonhole any of its characters, it will engage teen readers to the very last page. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 29th, 2002
ISBN: 0-618-14181-2
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2002




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