It feels unfair to pick only 5 books when I love SO many, but…I did it. (And it was hard!)
- The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
- I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series) by Barry Lyga
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
An excerpt from my debut novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis
He picked up his camera again, still wearing a half grin.
My heart thumped in my ears when he aimed it at me. “Can I be honest? I’m not really a fan of pictures. Not of me, anyway. So this is…a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”
“What girl isn’t interested in photos of herself?” The large round lens still pointed directly at my face, but since he never buried his head behind the camera, I couldn’t tell when he was actually taking a picture.
“This one,” I said, pointing at myself for emphasis. “This girl is not a selfie fan.” My face always looked too round, too pale.
Jake’s gaze trailed down toward my chest, but his lips pressed together in a way that made me think his focus wasn’t on my scar. “You may as well be. You’re beautiful.”
My cheeks warmed. Something fluttered in my stomach. He’s just a guy. Just an exceptionally attractive guy. Who’s also my heart donor’s brother.
I failed to hide my stupid grin. “Thank you, but I’m still not a selfie girl.”
“I’ll make sure the shot I send you is ‘artistic.’” He chuckled softly and set the camera down behind him. With his arms stretched, I spotted the tattoo on his left side, above his ribs. It was dark ink, and the glow sticks only provided so much light, but it was definitely a bird. There were no other details I could make out, and when he turned back, the entire thing faded from view. “So, what’re you majoring in?” he asked.
I resisted a snort. “Currently undecided.” How the hell was I supposed to know what I wanted to do for the next fifty-plus years?
When I was a sixteen-year-old in heart failure, college was the furthest thing from my mind. I didn’t know how long I’d live, and I knew if I made it through high school, there was no way I was going to spend my final month or year— or whatever—in a stuffy classroom. So I never gave much thought to my life’s vocation.
“Undecided isn’t that uncommon,” he said, swishing his feet through the water.
“It feels uncommon.”
Jake looked up at the dark sky and tipped his head to the left. “I know what you mean.”
I stared at the side of his face, at the straight line of his nose, and when he looked at me, I didn’t look away. He leaned closer until his mouth was inches from mine, his lips curving upward. His gaze lowered, and my heart rattled within its cage at the desire overtaking his features.
Or I could’ve been making that up in my head.
About The Heartbeat Hypothesis
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.
Lindsey Frydman 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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