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My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin definitely isn’t your typical young adult book. One of the main characters, Ashlyn, starts the story off remembering nothing of her past. Toss in the fact that she isn’t entirely certain about where she is, why no one sees her, or why she’s being forced to follow Breckon, a teenager haunted by his younger sister’s death, everywhere he goes, and the mystery is already coming together. As the plot progresses, she begins to recover her memories. You’re along for the ride, during the good and the bad. Suspense builds around the pair until the last few chapters, when all is revealed. I found myself eagerly anxious for the end, wanting to know how it would all fall together. This book doesn’t disappoint.
It definitely wouldn’t have its tear-jerking heartrending impact without its great writing and characterization, courtesy of Martin. The author does a wonderful job while creating Breckon’s world, which Ashlyn has been forced into, and slowly revealing it through his and Ashlyn’s alternating viewpoints. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one or gone through a tragedy can easily relate to Breckon, and Ashlyn’s search for her true self is like that of any teenager. She might not face normal problems–I don’t think many people find themselves stuck in her situation–but they’re as life-changing for her all the same.
The characters and the message of My Beating Teenage Heart will certainly tug at your heartstrings. And not only is the journey memorable, it might just be one of the best ones you’ve ever taken.