Maak kennis met Heart-Beat, het Engelstalige debuut van Sandra J. Paul onder het pseudoniem Joanne Carlton.
Heart-Beat, a gripping, compelling novel about the ultimate friendship
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 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?
If you like John Green, you might also like Heart-Beat.
What readers say on Goodreads about Heart-Beat:
“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.”
“This book made me laugh, cry and then cry some more.”
“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’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.”
“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.”