Stephanie Conner is sixteen when she learns that her mother is in urgent need of a heart transplant. The waiting triggers a chain of events that threatens her sanity, the love of her boyfriend and her friendship with her best friend. Richard, a computer geek, sets out to help her by developing an interactive social media website for teens, to create organ donation awareness that might lead to Steph's mother receiving a heart transplant before her heart fails altogether.
Steph and her Mum and Dad are a close family. On a trip to the beach to visit her Mum’s sister, Steph’s Mum has a suspected heart attack. When this turns out to be heart disease, her only hope is a heart transplant, and Steph’s world is turned upside down in an instant.
Steph is an artist, so sometimes painting helps, other times it doesn't. She has lots of friends, but can’t always cope with seeing them. And waiting for that one phone call to say they have a heart for her Mum is driving her crazy!
This is a beautifully written and sensitive look at the difficulties families of both the donor and the those waiting for an organ transplant face. This book had me smiling and then crying, all the while hoping that there was a happy ending for Steph and her family.
Highly recommended for all teenagers in Year 9 and up, especially if you want to raise awareness of organ donation.
This book will stay with me for a long time.
Reviewed by Michelle