My Heartbeat

My Heartbeat

by Garret Freymann-Weyr
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My Heartbeat 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best thing about this book had to be the characters. I was in love with every single one of them. James especially, but I adored Ellen and Link as well. I read this book in about three hours, but afterwards I was still thinking about James and Link, wanting to be friends with them. The only reason this book didn't get a five? I was disappointed with the ending. I'm not a big fan of this new tendancy to leave the reader with an 'open ending' where not much is resolved and you're left with more questions and answers. But, the characters were so fantastically well-written that I'd consider reading this book again and recommending it to customers (I'm a bookseller in Southern California).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at the local library and I came across this novel...after reading the summary I was rather enticed, and took it home to read. I read that book from cover to cover, and didn't put it down once. The relationships between the characters, between Ellen and her father, between her and Link, between her and James...The relationship between Link and James...you're emotionally attached to each character, in one way or the other. I am a heterosexual 16 year old girl who hasn't been exposed to the gay community to a great extent, but I believe this book helped to bridge the gap between gay and straight relationships. The only disappointing part of the book was the end...I wanted more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a sophomore in college and I work at our University's Library. I was shelving books and came across 'My Heartbeat'. For some reason it stood out and I pulled it out of the shelf and began reading it. I was pulled into this book and every free second I had I was reading. Even after I finished it I wanted to start reading it all over again. It is a very enjoyable book and I love how the author wrote the book from Ellen's point of view. I would recommend this book to all of my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i lovedddddddd loved loved ! this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this book I was confused on the story plot, but it was worth the read! Some parts drag more than it should, but once it's over the good parts keep coming. I felt so drawn to this book and loved it fully. READ IT!!
Ley-Ann More than 1 year ago
I feel like this book was so obvious. The entire book reads like a book meant for 4 year olds, despite the subject matter definitely not being meant for that age. I have no prejudice or anything like that; I'm really open-minded, but this book just seemed like it was written poorly. I wouldn't read another book from this author based on this work.
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Haley60 More than 1 year ago
The novel My Heartbeat by Garret Freyman-Weyr is set in Manhattan, New York. This novel is a heart breaking and loving story about three high school students in a complicated love triangle that need to figure out what they truly want in life. It is told by a fourteen year old freshman girl in high school named Ellen. Her brother¿s name is Link and her brother¿s best friend is named James. Link and James are seniors in high school and are trying to decide which college to go to. Ellen is ¿totally madly in love¿ with James. Ellen is the type of girl that hangs out with her brother and has a very close bond with Link. Always being around Link means always being around James since James and Link are basically attached at the hip. During the beginning of her freshman year in high school, many girls tell Ellen how lucky she is to know the two boys. Ellen is a shy girl and loves to read. One day, she got a wake up call by someone asking if James and Link were a couple. She decides to confront the two friends about the question of whether or not they were gay. Both of the boys give different answers which strikes an interesting toll on their friendship. James says that it is okay to be called a couple but Link says that they are absolutely not a couple. James and Link get in a fight at this point but all Ellen wants to know are some definite answers and the truth.
The remaining months of their year of high school are very different and surprising for the reader. When Link begins dating a girl named Polly, the views of James and Link change. James begins to view Link differently yet still knows exactly what is going through his head. This change does not stop Ellen from hanging out with James which causes James to question his views of Ellen. Ellen begins hanging out with James alone instead of with Link. James is not the most well behaved student so Ellen begins breaking many rules just so that she can be with her love, James. Along with hanging out with James, Ellen begins researching on gays and lesbians. She finds out a lot of different statistics and begins to wonder what her parents would think if they knew Link could have been gay.
This novel shows the true trials of high school as well as pressures from different types of people. It is an easy read and a definite page turner. Garret Freyman-Weyr has translated her novel into at least four different languages which is somewhat ironic since one of James¿s and Link¿s favorite past-times is watching foreign films with subtitles. This novel was written for students from age fourteen to seventeen. My Heartbeat received the Printz Honor for excellence in Young Adult novels. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone and it is very fast paced. I am sure that a lot of teenage girls can relate to a lot of different actions by Ellen in this novel.
sosieee More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick read. I really enjoyed the story line. As well as the characters names and personalities. It's been a few months since I've read this, so I can't remember too much about it. However, as I was reading I fell in love with a quote that was in the book--

"Sometimes we are a family made up of people who know each other, but more and more often, we are strangers who occasionally realize we are still living together."

I recommend this for teenage readers looking for something to read through quickly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg this book is so great. I read it when I was fourteen, now i'm eighteen and am still in love with it. I was in barnes and noble roaming the aisles for something to read and found the book and had to buy it on the spot. The ending made me cry both. Omg I would totally recommend everyone to read it (and i do mean everyone).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the relationships were alittle mature for the age. But it was a good book. Also its a little strung out. its a short book but it seemed long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've gone through more than my fair share of books and I'm still amazed that a year later, I still love this book more than any other I've encountered. I bought this book only because nothing else looked even remotely interesting, and was prepared to hate it immediately. There aren't words to explain how this book affected me. I'm not sure what exactly it was that pulled me so deeply into the story, but I believe the writting style had something to do with it. On every page was something I loved more about the authors words. This is the only book I have read over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Heartbeat was actually the first book I considered my favorites. This book started my passion for reading and finding other favorites. After 3 years, this book is still on the very top of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing. I couldn't put it down, and I love reading it now and then, just because it's so well written. The themes covered in the book are quite controversial, but the tale is timeless!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Garret Freymann in my opinion, is a very detailed and amazing writer. I couldn't put this book down, it was so real. I had never thought about these topics before, but they seemed to come alive from the pages. I strongly recommend this book, for it is beautifully crafted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that any teenager who loves romantic love stories should read this book. this is a book that i personally can read over and over again without getting bored.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Itwas a really good book that I think I canread over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a teriffic book. The only time I put it down to do my chores at home. It's small enough that the usual complaints of 'I don't have time to read,' or 'I can't carry around an extra book,' doesn't apply here. I thought it would be horrible, because it is so short, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very thoughtful and sweet. It made me think about what truely goes on in your siblings lives and that you only have one life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was EXTREMELY dissappointing. I honestly felt it had no theme and no real plot with a climax. I had heard it was an interesting book, but I was very upset after I read it myself.