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An interesting not love story between a live boy and a dead girl Evan s just moved into an old house with his family and starts having dreams about a beautiful girl, the ghost The book alternates between his perspective, in prose, and the perspective of the ghost, Cora, in verse It actually works Cora s sections give just the right sense of being insubstantial, and Evan does sound like a real teenage boy Not that many of those in paranormal YA any They all sparkle and stuff. Great concept mixing verse and narrative But, the poetry is a lot better than any of the narrative or character dialogue The verse is engaging with words of passiona and unfulfilled desire and a visual structure evoking the transitory existence of a ghost As for the storyline, Jenkins creates a lot of reader interest as Evan unknowingly becomes involved with a ghost who yearns for him in the same way she did for a young man back at the turn of the 19th century. A sexual relationship begins between a ghost and Evan whose family has moved into the broken, boarded up house that she haunts Well done, with the split narrations between the ghost and evan I remember the warmth of his skin this secret this beginning.And all I ever had to do was let go. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here So I m only writing this review because I have to as the guidelines for a challenge, so Sarah this one s for you.Um wow this book was really so bad My actual rating is maybe 1.5, it s that bad The main character Evan is a horny for lack of a less crude term teenage boy, with a younger sister and a mother His father is barely brought up, so I m basically just cutting him out of this review He left his family and never even visits his kids That s it.Evans mom is kinda sucky, she doesn So I m only writing this review because I have to as the guidelines for a challenge, so Sarah this one s for you.Um wow this book was really so bad My actual rating is maybe 1.5, it s that bad The main character Evan is a horny for lack of a less crude term teenage boy, with a younger sister and a mother His father is barely brought up, so I m basically just cutting him out of this review He left his family and never even visits his kids That s it.Evans mom is kinda sucky, she doesn t take any responsibility When Evan told her she should spend some time with her daughter, little five year old Libby who was very lonely, she told Evan thathe should try spending time with Libby Like, take care of your children, lady.And I m going to go right on ahead and agree with a review I saw on this book a little while ago and say, a horror story is only scary if the charactersknowthey re being haunted, which in this case they did not Really, the people actually reenacted the ghosts life almost to a tee, but Carrie didn t die at the end [ Download Kindle ] ☦ Beating Heart: A Ghost Story ⚖ This houseis mineandI amits beating heartShe is a ghost a figure glimpsed from the corner of your eye, a momentary chill, and a memory of secret kisses and hidden passion He isyears old Evan Calhoun, warm and alive, and ever since moving to this big abandoned house, he has dreamt of her Ghost and boy fascinate each other until her memories and his desire collide in a moment that changes them bothCombining verse fragments with chiseled prose, A M Jenkins captures the compelling voice of a long dead ghost and the perspective of a modern teen, twining mystery and romance in this evocative, sensual, and unrelentingly engrossing novelAges The quick taste of the book on the back cover wasn t much but it interested me in finding out who or what this young male was So i finally finished the book and to be honest it was better than i thought it would be The poetry in the book described the ghost and the events of the story Even though it s amature book it still was able to get 5 stars from me i recommend this book to anybody who read this review. WOW i read this book in a couple of hours i liked it a lot it is a little pg 13 rated with a lot of adult stuff in it, buti still liked it, it ended alittle odd left me hanging i guess youcould say if your into ghost and that type of stuff check this book out A ghost story is not really that scary if the protagonists aren t really aware they re being haunted. Evan Calhoun s parents have recently split up Seventeen year old Evan, his mom, and little sister, all move into this previously long abandoned mansion his mother is gung ho about renovating as she pursues a writing career Also inhabiting the house is the ghost of Cora Royce, who was accidentally murdered in the house at the age of sixteen many, many years ago Something about Evan reminds Cora of her former and only love Cora comes to Evan in his dreams, giving him sexual experiences that Evan Calhoun s parents have recently split up Seventeen year old Evan, his mom, and little sister, all move into this previously long abandoned mansion his mother is gung ho about renovating as she pursues a writing career Also inhabiting the house is the ghost of Cora Royce, who was accidentally murdered in the house at the age of sixteen many, many years ago Something about Evan reminds Cora of her former and only love Cora comes to Evan in his dreams, giving him sexual experiences that his very much living girlfriend can t compete with Evan s mom finds a dusty, old lock box during some of the renovations She doesn t find much inside that interests her, so she gives it to Evan Evan digs into the papers and photos inside While he finds it interesting, he s also left exasperated that it only offers a few wispy details regarding the life of Cora There is a photo of her though, which he finds himself quite drawn to, though he also acknowledges how odd it feels to lust after a face long since dead Evan becomes so consumed and distracted with thoughts of Cora that he begins to forget to pay attention to his girlfriend, Carrie When they do spend time together, either Evan just seems to want to get right to having sex at the start of each visit, or he s annoyed with Carrie because he feels she s developed this habit of nit picking every aspect of their relationship From time to time, there are scenes between Evan and Carrie that Cora shows the reader mirror thedifficult aspects of the brief relationship Cora had with her love interest.Evan tells his story in classic novel form and very short chapters while Cora s voice comes through in verse novel form There was potential here for a pretty neat paranormal story, but the main faultline in the writing is that for such a short book, so many ideas were started but never fully developed The flow felt clogged with a jumble of plot scenarios the author presented but never entirely followed through on almost like listening to someone share a pretty good story but then switch topics entirely abruptly, never returning to the main thought It makes for an aggravating reading experience, for sure Weirdly, the main emphasis is put on sex SO much time is spent illustrating raging teenage hormones Things become complicated when Evan feels torn between conflicting emotions he s having for both his living girlfriend, Carrie, and the spirit of Cora Evan decides to have a serious sit down chat with Carrie not bringing up Cora, just a where we stand kind of talk , and not surprisingly does not handle the situation all that well For most of the story, I wasn t connecting with any of these characters The writing overall is good, and Evan s little sister, Libby, is very cute in her innocence about the world and I did feel sad for her, the way she often so desperately wanted just a little attention from anyone but the story didn t really tap into my feels until the sit down scene with Carrie Evan s growing emotional distance from her means she s forced to experience some pretty tough emotional territory These are emotions and experiences that are difficult for anyone at any age in a committed relationship, but wow, especially hard at sixteen when most don t yet have the luxury of developed emotional maturity to fall back on to help get them through such hurdles Everything feels so muchimmense at sixteen But considering the bombshell she s given, I thought Carrie handled it all with admirable grace dignity If you re a GAC fan and remember the Valentine s Day special years ago one of my all time favorite episodes , this story kinda gave me Zak Jerusha vibes but in YA form LOL This book is haunting yet magical This book was recommended to me by a friend I really liked it and highly recommend it too The house or ghost sections are poetic and unique You won t be able to put it down.