TITLE: My Beating Teenage Heart
AUTHOR: C.K. Kelly Martin
RATING: 4 Stars
I have read all of C.K. Kelly Martin’s books and have loved each and everyone of them and My Teenage Beating Heart is no exception.
This YA novel was difficult for me to read, which is almost always the case with this author’s books – why? Because the storylines are usually deeply moving, but also sad and whimsical. Martin does not write funny and lightweight material and I have found that I can only read a few pages at a time because I always feel the need to absorb what I have read before I can go on. This book challenges me and all that I know. It asks me to look outside of myself and to feel the pain that both Ashlyn and Breckon are feeling.
The words and feelings that are felt by Ashlyn and Breckon are clearly brought to the forefront as the main focus of the storyline and it works beautifully here.
With these two main characters, Martin has succeeded in drawing a parallel between loss and the fact that there are so many ways to lose what you love. Having said that, however, the author has also written a story of hope and friendship, clearly showing us that there is always a ray of sunshine, if you are willing to look for it.