“I’m talking to myself in two different personas now. I’m reaching for a full-throttle meltdown and why not? Why stop halfway? Why not just go for it, jump on and ride the wave?”
My Beating Teenage Heart details the story of Ashlyn Baptiste has she tries to figure out what happened and Breckon Cody as he tries to hold his life together and tackle a grief that is strong enough to tear everything apart. Ashlyn is in a coma, doesn’t remember dying, and has no memories of what happened before. All she knows is that she’s spending every moment watching Breckon, a boy she does not know, as he struggles with the deep emotional pain. Ashlynn knows Breckon cannot see her, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to communicate with him.
Using alternating voices between the two main characters, the book paints an intense picture of two lives trying to come to grips with heartbreak and life. One is trying to understand and remember what happened, while the other is trying desperately to end what he feels and knows to be true. The novel is surprisingly mysterious because the reader needs to discover the connection between Ashlyn and Breckon. As I was reading, I found that the book was a bit too clean for the topic and wish it would have dealt a bit more with the rawness of death and thoughts of suicide. In saying that, I did not find the book fluffy as it dealt with the teen issues of relationships, sex, friendships, and family dynamic.
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