My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr audiobook

My Heartbeat

By Garret Freymann-Weyr
Read by Christy Carlson Romano

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3.27 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9780807212448

Ellen loves Link and James. Her older brother and his best friend are the only company she ever wants. She knows they fight, but she makes it a policy never to take sides. She loves her brother, the math genius and track star. She is totally, madly in love with James, his face full of long eyelashes and hidden smiles. “When you grow out of it,” James teases her, “you will break my heart.” Ellen knows she’ll never outgrow it. She’ll always love James just the way she’ll always love Link. Then someone at school asks if Link and James might be in love with each other. A simple question. Link refuses to discuss it. James refuses to stay friends with a boy so full of secrets. Ellen’s parents want Link to keep his secrets to himself, but Ellen wants to know who her brother really is. When is curiosity a betrayal? And if James says he loves her, isn’t that just another way of saying he still loves Link? My Heartbeat is a fast, furious story in which a quirky triangle learns to change its shape and Ellen, at least, learns the limits of what you can ever know about whom you love.

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Summary

Summary

A 2003 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book

Winner of Printz Honors, 2006

Ellen loves Link and James. Her older brother and his best friend are the only company she ever wants. She knows they fight, but she makes it a policy never to take sides. She loves her brother, the math genius and track star. She is totally, madly in love with James, his face full of long eyelashes and hidden smiles. “When you grow out of it,” James teases her, “you will break my heart.”

Ellen knows she’ll never outgrow it. She’ll always love James just the way she’ll always love Link. Then someone at school asks if Link and James might be in love with each other. A simple question.

Link refuses to discuss it. James refuses to stay friends with a boy so full of secrets. Ellen’s parents want Link to keep his secrets to himself, but Ellen wants to know who her brother really is. When is curiosity a betrayal? And if James says he loves her, isn’t that just another way of saying he still loves Link?

My Heartbeat is a fast, furious story in which a quirky triangle learns to change its shape and Ellen, at least, learns the limits of what you can ever know about whom you love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The fast, clipped dialog will sweep teens into the story, as will Ellen’s immediate first-person, present-tense narrative, ‘curious, careful, kind, and intense.’ The family dynamics are just as compelling as the love and friendship drama, especially Ellen’s bewilderment about the unwritten laws that can make people strangers even within the family they love.” Booklist (starred review)
“[A] sophisticated but gentle novel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A tightly constructed novel about love, family, and the ambiguities of sexual identity.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Freyman-Weyr writes an astonishing combination of delicacy and clarity of the genuine complexity of family (and all) relationships.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Freymann-Weyr sets up a riveting love triangle. As in the author’s first novel, When I Was Older, one of the standout qualities is the protagonist’s fresh, vital tone.” Horn Book (starred review)
“Beyond its discussion of sexuality, this novel explores issues of self-discovery and intimacy in a sensitive manner. Free of cliché and any hidden agenda.” VOYA

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Author

Author Bio: Garret Freymann-Weyr

Author Bio: Garret Freymann-Weyr

Garret Freymann-Weyr grew up in New York City and now lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland,with her husband. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels for young adult When I Was Older and My Heartbeat.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.27
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English