Change of Heart
By Shari Maurer
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
Some books get you thinking about the things in your own life. This is one of them.
Emmi has always been healthy and active. She has a good life, good friends, and is great at a sport she loves. Until she gets a virus that changes everything. When the virus moves into her heart it damages her heart in ways she never would have imagined. Soon she finds out that she needs a heart transplant in order to survive.
Imagine everything you love has become complicated or taken from you.
You can no longer run and do the things you used to do so easily.
Simple things you always took for granted become difficult and tiring.
As Emmi waits on her transplant she struggles with what her life has become and how it affects those around her. She has a new boyfriend who can’t really understand what is going on, friends who don’t know how to be there for her, and a family who is naturally afraid for her. Emmi meets someone who has gone through a heart transplant who is able to understand her in ways others can’t.
Things in this story progressed faster than they might in real life, but the author didn’t make Emmi’s story one with happy endings either. I won’t give anything away, but the end of this story was heartbreaking for me but somehow perfect.
As I read this book my heart was breaking for what Emmi was going through, because something like that really could happen to anyone. It wasn’t genetic and she didn’t do anything to cause it. I loved that the author gave us so much information on organ donation at the end of the book as well, since I know many people don’t think about it.
If you are a fan of authors like Lurlene McDaniel and enjoy reading books where terrible but possible things happen to the characters, you’ll enjoy this one. Well, you’ll likely have a broken heart at the end, but you won’t want to miss it.