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Heart to Heart

by Lurlene McDaniel

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How do you cope when your friend dies?
Should we donate organs or not? ( )
  TeamDewey | Feb 20, 2014 |
In the hands of a different author, this could have been a ghost story. As it is, this is still a bit spooky in a sweet way.
Elowyn, a teenager, dies following a car crash. Her heart is donated to Arabeth, a teen with a heart disease that keeps her bedridden. With Elowyn's heart, Arabeth begins thinking and feeling things completely foreign to her- but reminiscient of Elowyn's thoughts. Elowyn's parents and best friend seek out Arabeth and share Elowyn's life with her. ( )
  desislc | Apr 25, 2012 |
Heart to Heart was a fantastic book. Firstly, the plot was so rich and thick that it captivated you from the first page. I really loved reading the social part of the book and the medical part of it. I found it so interesting that a person can get a heart from a donor and receive some characteristics of the donor. I have books lined up to read for a second time and this is definitely at the top of the list. I thought Lurlene did a great job explaining the medical part and the personal part of the book, which made the book so good. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good book to read. ( )
  Allitozz15 | Jan 18, 2012 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Lurlene McDaniel's newest novel explores the idea of cellular memory as experienced by some transplant patients.

Kassey and Elowyn are best friends. They have grown up together playing on the same teams, having sleepovers, and even vacationing together. They can finish each others' thoughts and sentences. They are almost inseparable - until the night Elowyn runs off the road and hits a tree.

A traumatic brain injury puts Elowyn in a coma and leaves her parents with the difficult decision of honoring her request to be an organ donor. Her family and friends are devastated, but their tragedy is the answer to Arabeth's prayers.

Arabeth has suffered with a crippling heart condition for years. She and her mother have supported each other through the death of Arabeth's father in Afghanistan, and now Arabeth is struggling to hang on as she waits for a heart transplant. Elowyn's accident provides that heart, and Arabeth and her mother will be eternally grateful.

Almost immediately after the transplant, Arabeth begins having unexplainable experiences. She suspects it might be associated with receiving the heart of another young teen, but she is hesitant to share her thoughts until she meets two of Elowyn's good friends, Kassey and Wyatt. The feelings and sensations are rather unsettling, and cause emotional stress that could threaten Arabeth's peace of mind about surviving with the heart of another.

Lurlene McDaniel fans will be thrilled with HEART TO HEART. It examines life, love, and loss from several perspectives. It's a sure success for those looking for an emotionally stirring read. ( )
  GeniusJen | Apr 11, 2011 |
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Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver's license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way - when Elowyn's life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored.

Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she's led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their lives - but they don't know to whom they should be forever grateful.

When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385734603, Hardcover)

From Lurlene McDaniel, the bestselling author of young adult inspirational fiction, comes Heart to Heart. This emotionally charged novel explores loss, love, renewal, and the ways in which these complex bonds within families and between friends are tested at life's most challenging moments.
 
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver's license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way—when Elowyn's life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored.
 
Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she's led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their lives—but they don't know to whom they should be forever grateful.
 
When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own.
 

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:34 -0400)

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Relates the complicated friendship of a teenaged girl, her best friend, her best friend's boyfriend, and a young heart transplant recipient.

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