Change of Heart has ratings and 68 reviews. Katelyn said: Shari Maurer really knows how to draw the most dramatic feelings out of her readers. I was. Apr 1, The Hardcover of the Change of Heart by Shari Maurer at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!. Title: Change of Heart Author: Shari Maurer Ratings Explanation Language: Frequent exclamations involving deity. Many instances of most swear words.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Change of Heart by Shari Maurer. Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, popular varisty soccer star Emmi comes down with an ordinary virus.
But when she doesnt bounce back as always, she gets the worst possible newsshes had endocarditis thats destroyed her heart, putting her into congestive heart failure. This formerly energetic teen can now barely walk across a room without having to stop and rest. And th Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, popular varisty soccer star Emmi comes down with an ordinary virus. And the prognosis is bleak: Her family rallies around, but shes betrayed hdart her boyfriend and BFF when a crisis sends her to the hospital.
Its only her growing friendship with Abe, the funny, smart boy she meets in the cardiac clinic that finally cheers her up. But difficult questions race through her mind while she waits: Will she get a heart in time? Will she even survive the surgery? What if her body rejects the heart? When tragedy strikes close to home, Emmi must rely even more on her inner strength in order to carry on. Hardcoverpages.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To hsari other readers questions about Change of Heartplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Shari Maurer really knows maursr to draw the most dramatic feelings out of her readers. I was a mess while reading this book and was just so sad, I left feeling the same way. The main character Emmi really got to me so did hcange about everything else and I connected with her right away.
I was instantly protective of her and each time she hit another obstacle I felt like it was a personal attack or something. I was way too invested in this story at times, like I said, this book had me super emotion Shari Maurer really knows how to draw the most dramatic feelings out of her readers.
I was way too invested in this story at times, like I said, this book had me super emotional. Readers will see Emmi’s life turned upside down with her new heart condition heartt it’s a terrible thing to even think about. She was dealing with so much and I felt like for a lot shark it she was on her naurer.
Maurer gives us a great character addition in Abe and I fell in love. He was able to understand Emmi when not many others could and he’s hard to resist. Maurer also introduces us to Sam and Becca and honestly Sshari let you make your own decisions about them. Apparently my dance card was all filled up because Emmi and Abe were all I cared about in this one. Now as much as I enjoyed Maurer’s writing, her ending did not sit well with me. I can understand why she wrote it the way she wrote it, but come on!
I was not happy, but that’s the way it goes sometimes I guess. All in all I am really glad I got the chance to pick this one up and I can’t wait to read more of Maurer’s work.
I’ve got my tissues on hand and I’m ready for more. Jun 30, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: I am so incredibly conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly agree with Emmi that just because you are young and sick, you don’t have to put on this happy, brave face for the world. You should be allowed to be sick and grumpy heartt cranky. But boring and horrible?
Maybe real people are allowed to be that way, but not in books. I just wanted to slap Emmi upside her head and tell her to shut up.
Maurer told it honestly, but I wanted something a little more redeeming – I wanted to I am so incredibly conflicted about this book. Maurer told it honestly, but I wanted something a little more redeeming – I wanted to like Emmi despite her whining and boy-craziness, and I wanted her to learn something that stuck.
It didn’t feel that way to me, in the end. The cover says “when tragedy strikes close to home, blah blah” and minor spoiler I thought for sure that when her suari get all weird on her that meant they found out her heart was from some kid from her school who died The medical stuff sounded about right, but if you want something more realistic because it is realread Sick Girlwhich is about a woman’s actual heart transplant in her twenties.
It might be too much for younger teens seriousness of subject, some adult languagebut older teens and adults might enjoy it better.
Ot 08, Jordann Willis rated it it was amazing. The characters really relate to teenagers in this time with the drama. Emmi has the best friend in the world and while she is in the hospital.
Emmi goes through a lot for a 16 year-old. And for someone so athletic its hard to believe that that could happen. The ending will make you cry the most even if you cry throughout syari book. It’s a must read type of book. Jun 13, Kari rated it it was amazing Shelves: A refreshing and new premise for YA but a tragically real situation for some, Change of Heart throws into question the value of heeart as a teenager.
The natural mindset is invincibility but what happens when a teen goes from running across a soccer field to being high on a heart transplant list less than a month later? Though there have been other heart transplant books, this one is unique both in premise and execution.
Emmi is a well balanced character at the start, having some teenage moments bu A refreshing sbari new premise for YA but a tragically real situation for some, Change of Heart throws into question the value of life as a teenager. Emmi is a well balanced character at the start, having some teenage moments but overall, motivated and determined.
Her relationship with her parents is good more often than not and her love of soccer apparent. She is a strong athlete, a good friend, and has a bright future.
But when she falls sick and the infection infiltrates her heart, things geart. Her reactions, though irritating on the surface with her fits and tantrums, is chamge and heartbreaking. Her struggle to comprehend what is happening and her resistance to both the prospect of death and a long rather than short recovery lend reason to her responses.
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Each time she lashes out, it is clear she is lashing out at the situation more than the person. Throughout the entire book, she grows tremendously as a result of the dire situation she has faced.
While some aspects take longer than others, Emmi comes to face things in her own time and manner. Even after her transplant, when her friends and boyfriend don’t often come, Emmi is able to understand their side of it- no matter how much it hurts her. Sam is a loveable character to start, spending time with Emmi and distracting her from her current state. Though driven by hormones at times, the way he cares for Emmi is clear.
He also adds an intriguing element to the story because although he does care for Emmi and fell for her after she became so ill, he is still a teenage boy who is now having to potentially face death on account of her. Maurer does a splendid job painting him across the pages, giving reason to his actions in the same way she does Emmi.
Abe adds another element, a teenage boy who has already had a heart transplant. He offers something to Emmi no one else can and is a highly likable, swoon worthy character.
Though Emmi had been dating Sam, after her transplant and his sudden distance, she finds herself paying more attention to Abe. The teenage love triangle aspect of this book makes it a steady read, still keeping a young spark in a rough situation with no promise of final mortality. As the plot progresses, it shifts between sickness and potential death and teenage love and feeling.
Maurer blends and transitions amidst them seamlessly, keeping the pacing and flow smooth. Maurerr writing is strong and compassionate, bringing Emmi mahrer life. Some of the events and decisions are shocking and ones people could at first disagree with, the situation and personal realizations Emmi has come to help drive them. This book is a very perfect example of situational decisions, and the way her entire outlook and way of thinking changes comes across boldly. Also notable is Emmi’s struggle with the knowledge that for her to live, someone has to die.
This is a very hard concept for anyone to wrap their head around but also brings up how important organ donors are. With several twists and a few very emotional, intense scenes, Change of Heart is a stunning debut. Wrenching but memorable, stunning and remarkable, this book is one that will make a reader appreciate their own life and health as well as give the reminder no one is invincible, regardless of age.
Big events can drastically change a person and Maurer maurerr portrayed that fantastically. Two fold with meaning, Change of Heart also stresses the important beart organ donation and making those wishes clear in advance. Without donors, someone like Emmi could be left waiting- sometimes too long- and this urgency also comes across as boldly as everything else Maurer has incorporated into this book.
Why I Read this Book: Sometimes I just need a good cry. Cnange knew Change of Heart would be one of those books.