Like Love That Dog, the book is written in free verse, which alters according to both the subject and the main character's mood.
Twelve-year-old Annie is having a very significant year. Her mother is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetful, her best friend is always moody, and she has a new art assignment-draw an apple each day for one hundred days.
Reception and awards
Adèle Geras of The Guardian gave the novel a positive review, praising its ability to get straight to the point, and commented that although "verse novels are risky", Creech's verse "will encourage young readers to put their own emotions into words precisely because the form is so much less daunting than thickets of dense prose."
Heartbeat was nominated for the 2005 Carnegie Medal.
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