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The Heartbeat Hypothesis – Lindsey Frydman

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Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here.

Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live.

Jake Cavanaugh, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, agrees to help chronicle her newfound experiences. She makes him laugh, one of the only people who can these days. As they delve into each other’s pasts – and secrets – the closer they become.

But she’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself.
And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.

My Review:

When Audra Madison, a fun loving college student, seeks out the mysterious, indecisive Jake Cavanugh, her transplanted heart quickens. It’s a strange sensation considering Jake’s sister, Emily, was Audra’s heart donor.

Audra wants to pay tribute to Emily’s life by experiencing the things Emily did before she died. And she wants Jake to be the photographer. He agrees.

Other than a failed heart, Audra has had a pretty good life complete with a best friend and loving parents. Jake hasn’t been so lucky. Audra brings so much hope to their relationship but it’s hard for Jake to feel anything but grief after what he’s had to deal with.

Their relationship is so many things- sweet (they eat Twizzlers on a picnic) bitter (Jake pushes Audra away and Audra pushes Jake to talk about painful things) and heartbreaking. (Insert many things that made me cry here).

My heart felt like it was breaking after something tragic happens to Audra. It felt so unfair. But I think this heartbreak had to happen to Audra so that she could understand the severity of Jake’s loss. So that it could ultimately bring them closer. Although my heart ached while reading The Heartbeat Hypothesis, the author mended it at the end.

This novel is heart-breakingly beautiful. Recommend!

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