For Valentine's Day ... a review of "Change of Heart!"
In Shari Maurer’s “Change of Heart,” Emmi is your average teenager. She goes to high school school, plays soccer for a local travel team, dreams of an athletic scholarship to a good college, enjoys hanging out with her friends, and has a crush on one of her classmates, Sam. Her “average” world, though, is sent spinning when what she assumes is just a cold turns out to be a life-threatening virus that leaves her heart weakened. So weakened, in fact, that within months, Emmi is in need of a heart transplant.
A little while ago, I reviewed Selene Castrovilla’s “The Girl Next Door” as a beautifully developed tearjerker, and it’s fair to put “Change of Heart” in the same category. Maurer will make you care about Emmi as though she were your own best friend. You’ll celebrate Emmi’s triumphs, and feel the pain of her struggles and roadblocks. “Change of Heart” is not an easy book to read, because you care so deeply about the characters, but it’s a book that’s worth reading.