Monday, July 26, 2010

Review: Change of Heart by Shari Maurer (ARC)

Title: Change of Heart
Series: N/A
Book #: N/A
Author: Shari Maurer
Source: Traveling ARC Tours
Published: 2010

In a world where the most stressful thing seems to be winning a soccer game or what to wear in the morning, you take some really basic things for granted.

Like the love of your parents.

Or hanging with your friends.

Or the beating of your heart.

When you’re 16 years old, it never occurs to you that you might die. Emmi Miller’s got a fabulous life. She has tons of friends, does great in school and is an all-star soccer player who played in Europe last summer. It even looks like Sam Hunter, a totally cute baseball player, might be interested in her. And then she gets a virus. No biggy, right? Until the virus goes to her heart and weakens it so much that, without a transplant, Emmi will die.

Will Emmi get a heart in time? Is Sam too good to be true? What about her new friend Abe, who has also had a transplant and guides her through these scary times — is he just being supportive or is there more going on between them? And will Emmi realize it before it’s too late?(taken from

Amber's thoughts:
This was a very emotional read for me. Maurer approached a sticky subject and handled it extremely well. Change of Heart is a heart-wrenching story of family, strength, love, and self-discovery. Something about it touched my heart.

The main focus of the story is Emmi and how she deals with her heart problems. Still, Maurer doesn't neglect the other elements in Emmi's life. As the reader, I was with Emmi through heart-break and loneliness. I was also there when she was surrounded by friends and family. I really appreciated how the author incorporated other parts of Emmi's life as an insecure teenager into the plot instead of focusing solely on the medical side of the story.

To be honest, I didn't particularly like the character Emmi. She seemed a little too witchy and selfish. When her family tried to support her, she lashed out at them. Emmi also whined about her treatments and medications throughout the book. I guess I can't really blame her though. She went through a lot. I don't know how I would act if I were in her place.

The ending was the most beautiful part. The first half of the book was pretty good, but about three quarters of the way through, things got even better. This part of the novel was the tear-jerker. I won't spoil anything, but it was very emotional. 
It brought tears to my eyes. 

Overall, I definitely recommend this to any teen or adult reader. The story taught me that I need to embrace every moment. You never know when your whole life can change. 


Unknown said...

Nice review! It sounds like it has a really great message about life, and I love great messages in books. Anyhow, I'll have to pick it up sometime.

Cindy said...

I just read this, and I loved it as well. Great review :)

Eliza Mellark said...

Great review :D It sounds like it's a great read, and it needs to go on my goodreads list. Thanks for the recommendation!