Blog Tour + Giveaway - The Heartbeat Hypothesis

by - Saturday, March 25, 2017

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The Heartbeat Hypothesis
by Lindsey Frydman 
Publication Date: March 20, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Embrace, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here. 

Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live. 

Jake Cavanaugh, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, agrees to help chronicle her newfound experiences. She makes him laugh, one of the only people who can these days. As they delve into each other’s pasts – and secrets – the closer they become.

But she’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself. And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of The Heartbeat Hypothesis provided by IndieSage PR and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!

"It's okay to be a glow stick; sometimes we need to break before we shine." 

The heartbeat hypothesis: Every living creature had a finite number of heartbeats. If that was true, my limit was up long ago. But instead, I took someone else's heartbeats. - snippet from Audra's thoughts. 

Audra never thought she would survive past high school, literally. With her failing heart, her days were numbered and her breaths were measured by counts, but miracle came in the form of Emily Cavanaugh. She died so Audra could live. To honor Emily's heart, Audra set on a goal to replicate Emily's Tumblr account so her memory could live on forever. She sought out the help of Emily's brother, Jake to help photograph her while she completes Emily's "Done-its" list. She made him laugh, they are two souls connected, but will the past destroy what they have in the present? And change their future forever? 

I devoured this book in two sitting (two because work came in between) and every moment in the book pulled me deeper into the mystery behind Emily's death and the heartbreak that seemed to plague the characters. Contrary to the alpha male lead I've been reading lately, I was glad that the author has created a character that I can easily relate to, I love his vulnerability and my heart broke for the pain and loneliness he endured. 

"Is there a limit to pain? 

Ugh, I know I've been quoting the book a lot but I am in love with every single word written! I highlighted so many passages it'll come across as a textbook, trust me. 

Being the author's debut novel (which I am honored to have the opportunity to read), it was surprisingly well-written and laced with emotional depth. The plot itself is creatively crafted, I enjoyed reading about Emily's Done-its and the inspiration behind each photo. Jake's take on photography gave me a new perspective on life and his voice is so very beautiful, Kat's cheerful personality, albeit a huge contrast to Audra's, was a breath of fresh air, and Audra's selfless personality made her a genuinely wonderful person. I love them all. 

At precisely 50% mark of the story, the plot twist almost killed me and I had to put down my kindle to fight the urge to scream and cry. 

I have no idea how many times Jake and Audra has reduced me to tears, they are capable of making me feel appreciative of the little things in life. Their story is a reminder that life is short, it can be painful, but also entirely beautiful, and we should make use of the finite number of heartbeats we have left. 

An emotional roller coaster that will make you "high" on emotions. 

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Lindsey has been writing since she was nine years old, when she discovered the awesomeness that is Harriet the Spy. Her books always include a romance, though sometimes there’s an added sci-fi or magical realism twist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves as inspiration (and not much else). When she’s not crafting YA and NA stories, you’ll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, playing a video game, singing show-tunes, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it’s the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey was a proud 2016 Pitch Wars Mentee and thoroughly adores being a part of the wonderful writing community. 

THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is her debut novel.

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