Book Reviews of Searching for David's Heart: A Christmas Story

Searching for David's Heart: A Christmas Story
Searching for David's Heart A Christmas Story
Author: Cherie Bennett
ISBN-13: 9780590306737
ISBN-10: 0590306731
Publication Date: 11/1998
Pages: 220
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 23 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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Life at Darcy's house isn't always easy. Money is tight and her parents argue a lot. Darcy's shy and quiet with most people, but it's not like that with her brother, David. He and Darcy are soul mates. Until David gets a girlfriend, that is, and starts to treat Darcy as if she were a pest. Darcy is hurt and humiliated, and one day after a huge fight, Darcy runs off. David chases after her and is killed in a shocking accident. Darcy is sure his death is her fault.
Then Darcy's parents decide to donate David's heart for transplant. Darcy believes that if she can find David's heart, even if it's in someone else's body, she will have found her brother, and in some way he will still be alive. And so the search for David's heart begins.
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Helpful Score: 1
Life at Darcy's house isn't always easy. Money is tight, and her parents argue a lot. Darcy's shy and quiet with most people, but it's not like that with her brother, David. He and Darcy are soul mates. Until David gets a girlfriend, that is, and starts to treat Darcy as if she were a pest. Darcy is hurt and humiliated, and one day after a huge fight, Darcy runs off. David chases after her and is killed in a shocking accident. Darcy is sure his death is her fault.

Then Darcy's parents decide to donate David's heart for transplant. Darcy believes that if she can find David's heart, even if it's beating in someone else's body, she will have found her brother, and in some way he will still be alive. And so the search for David's heart begins.
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This is a very beautiful book. I laughed and cried through it.
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Product Details

* Pub. Date: November 1998
* Publisher:Scholastic, Inc.
* Format: Hardcover, 220pp

* ISBN-13: 9780613120906
* ISBN: 0613120906

Searching for David's Heart is about a young girl named Darcy who loves her older brother David. She is very shy and looks up to the confidence that David has. He always treats her well and she feels like she is a major part of his life until he gets a girlfriend. Once David falls for his new girl, he spends less time with Darcy and her best friend Sam. Darcy begins to feel jealous and left out. On Darcy's birthday, everything seems to go wrong. David goes to the park with his girlfriend leaving Darcy at home to pout. Darcy realizes that she was acting immature and decides to go to the park to apologize. When she gets to the park, she finds David and his girlfriend kissing. She argues with David and runs away recklessly through the streets. David chases after her and an accident happens. He is hit by a car and killed. He is an organ donor and his heart goes off to another person to live. Darcy blames herself for the accident and can't seem to handle David's death. In an attempt to hold onto David, Sam and Darcy run away to find David's heart. The majority of the story is then based upon Sam and Darcy's travels and eventual meet up with the boy who has David's heart.
My students all really liked this story, but I was not overly impressed. Darcy is not a likable character. Her feelings are easily identifiable and the book is a very easy read, but I spent more time not liking Darcy than anything else. She is constantly mean to everyone that she cares about. She is a selfish little brat and I'm not certain I agree that there is a major change in her character, as the story is meant to show. Overall, the story moved quickly but is not something that I would every read again. I would suggest this to a younger audience or a reluctant reader.
3/5 stars