Book Reviews of Heartbeat

Heartbeat
Heartbeat
Author: Sharon Creech
ISBN-13: 9780060540227
ISBN-10: 0060540222
Publication Date: 3/2004
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Joanna Cotler
Book Type: Hardcover
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This was okay but I wouldn't go so far as to lavish any praise on it. It's not the worst and it's certainly not the best book out there.
There are far better books written in verse out there for teens. Ellen Hopkins is queen and IMO Sonja Sones isn't too far behind her.
I forget the author but I Heart You, You Haunt Me is another really good one. Read that and this and you'll see a definite difference.
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Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

In this poetic novel by acclaimed author Sharon Creech, Annie, a twelve-year-old girl, is trying to find out who she is. A lot happens in this short one-hundred-and-eighty-page book.

Annie's mother is pregnant, her grandfather is beginning to forget things, and her friend Max is extremely moody. Annie loves to run, and throughout the book there are "thump, thump, thump" lines where she can hear her heart beat in rhythm with her feet, which are running hard. Hence the title of the book.

In Annie's art class, the students are asked to take an apple and draw a picture of it for one hundred days. At the end of the project the students are to turn in one hundred drawings. There are poems in the book devoted to the one apple.

I love Ms. Creech's writing and admire her poetic style. The characters come alive as if you knew each one of them personally. I love reading books like that; they seem so real. HEARTBEAT is a simple, fun, fast read.
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It is so rare to find a book told from the point of view of a 12 year old that anybody over 12 could bear to read! This book is a great book for reluctant readers- told in a loose poem form, it is highly readable, moves along quickly, and has a wonderful rhythm to it. It is wonderful for children whose life is in flux (which means just about all 10-13 year olds- a tough age for books, as they have outgrown a lot of the children's books but are not necessarily ready for young adult books). Lots of emotional issues flow through the book, but it is still a good choice for children who are uncomfortable with too much intensity in books, as the writing is light and nuanced and the issues are handled with care. However, as another reviewer noted, it is completely different from Walk Two Moons. In our house, that was a good thing, but if you have major WTM fans in your house you might want to look at the preview pages first
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This was one of the sweetest books I have read in a long time and it is going to be perfect for both of my pre teen daughters to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Thats waht twelve-year-old Annie loves to do. When she's barefoot and running, she csan hear her hear beating... thump-THUMP,thump-THUMP. Its a thythm that makes sense in a year when everything's shifting: Her mother is prgnant, her grandfather sis forgetful, adn her best friind, Max, is always moody. Everything changes over time, just like th apple annie's been assigned to draw. But as she watches and listens, Annie begins to understand the many rhumthms of life, and how she fites within them.....GREAT STORY!!!
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All about a girl who has life changes going on in her life.Her grandpa is living with her and sick,her mother is pregnant,and she is starting to like her best friend,Max.The only thing that is different about it, is that is in poems.I usually HATE poem form.But this is a good book.You will not be disapointed. Good for ages 9-12, but great for all ages, as a one time quick read.
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Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

In this poetic novel by acclaimed author Sharon Creech, Annie, a twelve-year-old girl, is trying to find out who she is. A lot happens in this short one-hundred-and-eighty-page book.

Annie's mother is pregnant, her grandfather is beginning to forget things, and her friend Max is extremely moody. Annie loves to run, and throughout the book there are "thump, thump, thump" lines where she can hear her heart beat in rhythm with her feet, which are running hard. Hence the title of the book.

In Annie's art class, the students are asked to take an apple and draw a picture of it for one hundred days. At the end of the project the students are to turn in one hundred drawings. There are poems in the book devoted to the one apple.

I love Ms. Creech's writing and admire her poetic style. The characters come alive as if you knew each one of them personally. I love reading books like that; they seem so real. HEARTBEAT is a simple, fun, fast read.
reviewed Heartbeat on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

In this poetic novel by acclaimed author Sharon Creech, Annie, a twelve-year-old girl, is trying to find out who she is. A lot happens in this short one-hundred-and-eighty-page book.

Annie's mother is pregnant, her grandfather is beginning to forget things, and her friend Max is extremely moody. Annie loves to run, and throughout the book there are "thump, thump, thump" lines where she can hear her heart beat in rhythm with her feet, which are running hard. Hence the title of the book.

In Annie's art class, the students are asked to take an apple and draw a picture of it for one hundred days. At the end of the project the students are to turn in one hundred drawings. There are poems in the book devoted to the one apple.

I love Ms. Creech's writing and admire her poetic style. The characters come alive as if you knew each one of them personally. I love reading books like that; they seem so real. HEARTBEAT is a simple, fun, fast read.