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How far would you go to help the one who means the most?Sixteen-year old Sam knows life will never be easy for her. Socially awkward and armed only with a brilliant mind and feisty character, she struggles with things that other teenagers find normal. Only her best friend Jasper really gets her.Eighteen-year old college student Jasper strives to be the perfect son to his sHow far would you go to help the one who means the most?Sixteen-year old Sam knows life will never be easy for her. Socially awkward and armed only with a brilliant mind and feisty character, she struggles with things that other teenagers find normal. Only her best friend Jasper really gets her.Eighteen-year old college student Jasper strives to be the perfect son to his successful parents, working himself to the ground to fulfill their wishes. Up until the point that he crashes when his heart fails.The best friends learn the devastating news that Jasper has a tumor embedded deeply into his heart and hasn't got much time left. Devastated, Sam convinces him to pursue his ultimate dream: To sing in front of a live audience once before he dies. The friends head to London, where Jasper signs up for the ultimate singing competition.Knowing he has nothing left to lose, Jasper gives it all, but as the competition progresses, his health deteriorates rapidly. Jasper is torn between leaving his family behind and following his final wish. Sam struggles with the knowledge that they will have to say goodbye soon. In the end, both can't help but wonder if pursuing the ultimate goal was worth the heartache after all.Heart-Beat is a heartfelt story about the ultimate friendship and making choices. If these were the last days of your life, what would you do?...

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ISBN : 9781549791055
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Number of Pages : 354 Pages
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Heart-Beat Reviews

  • Andy Wheels
    2018-10-19 20:26

    I hadn't heard from this author before, which is logical since this is her debut novel, but we met on Facebook and her story fascinated me. Needless to say I was very, very impressed.I received a bit of background reading the excerpt and the premise of the book, so I knew it was going to be a sad one, as the topic is obviously quite heavy. I was mentally prepared for it: the author was really clear about that when we spoke.When I started reading the book and came to the hard parts, I honestly have to admit I was quite emotional. This book tugs at your heartstrings. Yet, at the same time, there is humor in it, along with some very funny parts , tension and a lot of characterization. The author is very skilled at portraying the two main characters, but she also spent a great deal of attention to the secondary characters.I was impressed with the speed of the story and the way she skilfully moved from heartache to the singing parts and back. I can't give you a lot of details on this book without spoiling it, but I can tell you it holds surprises and shocks and had me bawling at the end. Definitely going to reread it.

  • Amelia Lane
    2018-10-03 01:39

    This book made me laugh, cry and then cry some more. I loved it, cannot put it any other way than that. It was so good. Without spoiling too much, I was surprised where I didn't expect it and the ending was just so honest and heartfelt it made me want to grab the book for a second time to read it again. A compelling, warm and beautiful story. So glad I found it.

  • Peggy Williams
    2018-10-02 20:23

    Amazing book, I've rarely read a book with so much emotion in the past years. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it aside. I honestly can't fault this debut. The characters are likable and believable, I cried and laughed and cried some more. Somehow, the heavy topic didn't always feel as heavy while reading the book. It has a lot of humor in it, but also so much love and friendship that just radiates off every single page. Highly recommended for people who love beautiful, warm stories about friendship, family and emotional topics.

  • Amber Smith
    2018-10-15 23:25

    I'm a sucker for emotional stories, I wholeheartedly admit that. So when I came across this book on Amazon and read its premise, I knew that it would probably remind me why I love to read alone at night on my couch, where no one can see me cry over fictional characters, with a cup of hot chocolat and one of my cats at my feet. Let's say that my cats were staring oddly at me at times.Anyhow, about this story. It's about two friends who bicker and banter and are always there for each other. From the start you know they're very close just by a couple of scenes that takes place between them and tells you about the setting. They share a tragic incident which left them bereft, but also became the basis of their relationship. Sam (the girl) is so important to Jasper (the boy) that he even relies more on her than his own parents. Which, in the story, makes perfect sense. Everything seems to be going into the right direction, until Jasper collapses during a sport's game and is taken to the hospital, where he finds out he's going to die from a tumor in his heart. When they face having to say goodbye, Sam is determined to have Jasper enjoy the last days of his life and takes him away from his familiar environment to participate head over heels in a singing contest, which is his last wish.Jasper is angry that he never dared to chase his own dreams. Hovering between devastation, upset and anger over what is happening to him, he throws himself into the contest in an attempt to forget everything else. Sam is there every step of the way and takes care of him, helped by friends. What I didn't expect from this book, is the way the author combines humor with sadness and upsetting moments. That Heart-Beat has a sad topic is pretty obvious from its premise, so I was prepared for that. The author throws several pretty heavy emotional punches here and there, for which I was prepared too.What I also didn't expect were the details and the excitement during the contest. The way it was described was so wonderfully detailed and vivid, I couldn't help but see it play out right in front of me. At times I truly felt I was there in the audience, watching the events unfold. The author used her choice in music as a way to express the sentiment and feels.I've rarely read a debut book that throws punches like that. This is a story with a sad premise, but there are also ray of lights and positive notes, friendship being the ultimate one. The book is very character-driven and the friendship between its two main characters (without romance, thank goodness, it would have been a cheap sell-out).The story definitely made me think about what I would do if I knew I only had a few days left to live. To be honest, I still have no clue. I know one thing though: I would never forgive myself for a lower score than five. A perfect book for the upcoming dark evenings.

  • Lisa Schultz
    2018-10-08 17:46

    Not your typical "bucket list" story. Without giving anything away, you'll want to follow Sam and Jasper on their journey...the characters will engage you, the story will lead somewhere you didn't anticipate. An emotional and entertaining read. Well done, Joanne!

  • Jolene
    2018-10-13 23:46

    I read this book out of curiosity as some people were talking about it online. Well, raving about it, is more like it. Finishing it, I can see why. From the description, I knew that it was about a teenager with a fatal disease and prepared myself for a weeping fest. Well, that came, but the story was totally NOT what I had expected. It kept me awake at night.This is contemporary Young Adult at its best. This book was SO good with so many surprises I didn't see coming. If you have to pick one book this year you want to read before the end of the year, pick this one. You won't regret it.

  • Sanne2611
    2018-10-08 01:34

    Recently, I read this Young Adult book, for the first time in English from this amazing author!What is Heart-Beat about?The book is about 2 good friends, a boy (Jasper, 18) and a girl (Sam, 16). Sam is a bit weird, while Jasper could get anything he wants. And he doesn't like it. He wants to earn things instead of getting it the easy way. And he goes far for that. Too far at an important basketball game. In the hospital, Jasper gets told that there is a tumor growing inside his heart and that it will consume him. He doesn't have much time anymore.Sam convinces him to pursue his dreams, such as singing in front of a crowd. Together, they go to Londen, where Jasper participates for a singing contest. As the contest goes on, Jasper's condition gets more worse. He'll have to choose between pursuing his dream and his family.Sam knows she'll have to say goodbye to Jasper soon, but she fully supports him.My thoughts about the book:* The cover:I simply love the cover! As a Belgian, it has this typical English look (don't ask me to explain, it just does! XD ). There is a certain atmosphere around this book that makes me want to grab it instantly and read it! The colors are beautiful, and the subtitel sounds mysterious! It even makes me think "What would I do?" After you've read the book, you'll understand the choices for the cover and the subtitle even better!The story:The story starts with Jasper collapsing during an important basketball game. You get instantly into the story, which is an aspect I love. The story is also told in first person. Another thing I love, because that way I can more easily get into the story. The narrator changes between chapters though, but that isn't irritating at all. This way, you can again get in the minds and thoughts of the main characters.There are many nice plot twists in this story. Another one of those books where you thought you knew what is going on, and then it's entirely different. I love it!The story goes on quickly as it's a real pageturner! Sometimes I had to swallow hard and stop to think. It's a sad "heartfelt" story, and because of the first person perspective, it intensifies that feeling, but again that is not bothering at all. It makes you think about your own dreams and purposees in life.The characters were very well portrayed. You have a clear image of who Sam and Jasper are, what they do in the (past) life, what they do now, how they got there. That makes the story very credible.This book makes you think about your life, your dreams and your purposes. At least for me. That life is too short to postpone things. If you wanna do something, do it now while you can.For all of the reasons above, Heart-Beat from Joanne Carlton is a great book that you must read NOW!!!

  • Sofie Verbruggen
    2018-09-30 20:37

    Not easy to write a review without adding spoilers, so I'll be careful, but I wanted to write one because this book is so good and I can't stop thinking about it.Sam and Jasper have been best friends after tragedy strikes when they are children. Because of their shared grief, they cling to each other and both soon feel that their lives will be incomplete without the other one in it. They bicker like siblings and best friends, but it's made pretty clear they are not a couple. In many ways, it is a love story though, without the actual relationship.Jasper collapses and is diagnosed with a tumor in his heart, leaving them devastated. Instead of wasting away in a hospital bed, they decide together to take off and spend Jasper's last days living the life he never got the chance to lead. Jasper has always been doing things for other people, mostly to please his parents, but never dared to do something for himself, which he now regrets.So, with only a couple of days left, they participate in a huge undertaking, a singing contest that takes place right before Christmas, where Jasper will be able to live his dream, if only once. Helped by some old friends of Sam's mother, Jasper puts everything he has in the contest. That way, he doesn't have to think about all that he's going to lose when he dies and the family he left behind.My opinion: I've previously read one of the other books of this author in Dutch which she writes under a different alias and she blew me away with that one. Her others are on my list to read soon. When I read the premise of this book, i knew this would be totally different and was hesitant to read it first because of the heavy subject (illness and death). I'm so glad I read it! I have to say that this story blew me away even more.From the very first chapters, I was rooting for Jasper and Sam. The story is told in their POV's, varying between the chapters and she managed to give them both their distinct voice in such a way that it is absolutely fitting and believable. You live and sympathize with poor Jasper, just like you feel sorry for Sam for seeing her best friend like that.The story is very character-driven. The singing contest actually perfectly describes how they are both feeling throughout the story and there are some pretty tense moments in those chapters, but in the end, it's all about the two of them and the choices they've made to get to the point where they ultimately wind up.I loved it. Simply, simply loved it. And I cried. A lot.If you love books that make you think about friendship, care and human relationships that also brings you characters that you really get to like and love, this is the one you have to read. It was absolutely stunning.

  • Anne-Marie
    2018-10-03 17:40

    I've read most of the books of this author, well at least the ones she wrote in Dutch. I can tell you they are not like this book at all. She usually writes paranormal and thriller books. When I heard about this book online and asked her about it, she said I just had to read it and then tell me how I felt about it.Well, thank you for that. I bawled my eyes out, pure and simple. This is a no-nonsense book with a sad-happy ending but that doesn't mean it's sad all the way through. In fact, it's exciting, tense and often funny too. Loved the characters, all fleshed out. Loved Jasper and Sam, and Max and Jonathan. Don't want to give away the spoilers, so I have to leave it at that, but I can tell you that I cried with my husband staring at me as if I was nuts.If you finish the book, read the comment by the author on how this book came to be. I lost my mother a few years ago. This book made me remember the moment we said goodbye. Seriously: read this book.

  • PetraDC
    2018-10-08 21:27

    Fantastic book. Emotional, gripping, compelling. LOVED it.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-02 01:20

    Title: Heart-Beat Author: Joanne Carlton Publisher: Hamley Books Publication date: October 2017 Number of pages: 351 Cover A beautiful cover with a woman in front, who makes a heart with her hands. In the background, you can make out the shape of a big podium. Especially after reading the book, I think the cover is well-chosen; it fits the title and content perfectly.AuthorJoanne Carlton is the pseudonym for the Flemish author Sandra J. Paul. She writes Young Adults but also thrillers for adults. In all genres and ages there is a paranormal touch. In the thriller genre she debuted in 2015 with Azerty. In 2017 Moordspel was published. In the Young Adult (Fantasy) genre she debuted in 2015 with the Eilanden-series Het Eiland. De Geest, the second part of this series was also published in 2015. The third part, De Wolf, was published in 2016. The fourth and last part, De Ziel, has also been published. Heart-Beat is a Young Adult that was published in English in 2017. The book will also be translated into Dutch, but this will not happen before 2018. In the meantime, she is working on her next book.SummaryHow far would you go to help the one who means the most?Sixteen-year old Sam knows life will never be easy for her. Socially awkward and armed only with a brilliant mind and feisty character, she struggles with things that other teenagers find normal. Only her best friend Jasper really gets her.Eighteen-year old college student Jasper strives to be the perfect son to his successful parents, working himself to the ground to fulfill their wishes. Up until the point that he crashes when his heart fails.The best friends learn the devastating news that Jasper has a tumor embedded deeply into his heart and hasn't got much time left. Devastated, Sam convinces him to pursue his ultimate dream: to sing in front of a live audience once before he dies. The friends head to London, where Jasper signs up for the ultimate singing competition.Knowing he has nothing left to lose, Jasper gives it all. As the competition progresses, his health deteriorates rapidly. Jasper is torn between leaving his family behind and following his heart. Sam struggles with the knowledge that they will have to say goodbye soon. In the end, both can't help but wonder if pursuing the ultimate goal was worth the heartache after all.Heart-Beat is a heartfelt story about the ultimate friendship and making choices. If these were the last days of your life, what would you do?My opinion In Moordspel the author already used nice quotes at the start of new chapters, she did that in this book too. The story is divided into the number of days in which the story occurs and every day starts with a new, beautiful and fitting quote, like for example this one from the lyrics by Eminem:You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow; This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.When I started reading this book I had no idea what to expect really. I normally read thrillers and Young Adult thrillers, so this was a little bit out of my comfort zone. The subject is very serious; I have lost several people to cancer in my family so this was very confronting. But my lord, what a story. Even though I had to get used to reading in English, it was no problem. There is a lot of depth in the story, multiple layers are built on top of each other and you get sucked into the moment of the story. The story of Jasper is well worked out and the character is described so real that you crawl into his skin, and feel his pain and sorrow. De fear, insecurity and his frustration are tangible and drip from the pages. How horrible it is to hear, as an 18-year-old, that you have only a few days left? Also, Sam is such a powerful character. She doesn’t let anything disconcert her easily and she goes after what she wants. A 16-year-old girl with so much strength and such a strong will, unbelievably smart and with so much grief already in her young life. A beautifully written, well developed character. "What would you do, Max? If you knew you only had a couple of days left to live,how would you spend them?"And of course there is a small paranormal side to this story. In this case it’s Sam who has predictive dreams. And they come true as well.Just when you are ready to say goodbye to Jasper, the story takes a turn. A turn I didn’t see coming and it upset me, because the story turns out to be completely different from what you thought it was. In this book unconditional friendship is the number one subject. Jasper and Sam don’t care about how others think of the other, although they do have issues with themselves. But they are always there for each other, ready to stand up for each other. But to be there for one another, to carry the pain and sadness that comes with goodbyes, is difficult.Heart-Beat is a touching story that crawls underneath your skin and into your soul and it won't let you go. Besides the drama and the sadness, there are these beautiful characters who would do anything for one another, there is no doubt about that. Sandra had warned me to have some tissues nearby while reading this book. Well, I sure needed them the last couple of chapters. So touching, so recognizable, so very very sad.Plot: 5 Reading pleasure: 5 Writing style: 5 Originality: 5 Psychology: 5 I can only give Heart-Beat 5 stars. Sandra has touched me deeply and exceeded all expectations. This book is by far the best book I have read from her.

  • Sandra Jones
    2018-10-17 20:20

    My personal life has gone through quite some turmoil lately and I've found myself digging into emotional books for quite some time. Some of the books I turned to, hardly felt worth the effort. Others made me weep like a baby. This one had me bawling at the end.The book was written so vividly, it had me drawn into the world these two main characters found themselves in overnight. I've rarely felt so sorry for two characters as I did for them. A more than well-deserved five stars.