Waiting on Wednesday (15): My Beating Teenage Heart

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My WoW:
My Beating Teenage Heart
by C.K. Kelly Martin
Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers


Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing—no memories, no self—and then suddenly, she's plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma? She doesn't remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that she's trapped in a consciousness without a body and she's spending every moment watching a stranger.

Breckon Cody's on the edge. He's being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breath. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath he's barely hanging on.

Even though she didn't know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckon's pain, and she's determined to find a way help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who can't see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life—a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy—and will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, and David Levithan.

Why am I waiting for My Beating Teenage Heart? I normally stay away from contemps with lots of drama. This sounds like it oozes with angst. I'm not a fan of Dessen and have never read a book by Green or Levithan but I am strangely compelled to read this book.


  1. Hmm, I can see your point even though I'm not usually into contemps either.

  2. I'm not usually drawn to teen angst either, but this one does sound compellingly awesome...and I can't really describe how it seems to "clutch" at me. Thanks for sharing!

    Here's MY WOW POST

  3. I love Sarah Dessen and have heard great things about C.K. Kelly Martin's books which is why I have this one on my wishlist too.

  4. Sure sounds dramatic!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    My WoW

  5. Sounds very awesome. Can't wait for this one.


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