by Laura Diamond
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Pub Date: April 2016
Genre: Young Adult
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Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam's torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.
The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man's heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.
And then a donor is found…
Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn't even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents - something Darby has never had.
Darby's always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.
My Review: Adam i s a lovely guy who just happens to have it tough right now. He wants to live, go out there and do all t he things he wants. To do so, it would cost him. Or he could wait for someone to give him their heart, which also comes at a cost. Its a really tough time for Adam right now.
Its been so tough that Adam has pretty broke. He doesn't want to do anything. Doesn't want any interaction with people. Can't decide if he can live with another persons heart. And frankly you can't help but feel for Adam. You want nothing more than to just make it alright and see him not gobble up so many meds everyday.
But in the end he does get what he needs......
Darby has pretty much done what she wanted and it may just stay that way. Unlike her brother who is perfect in all these ways and their parents love. Darby doesn't have that, but thats okay. It makes her an even better character to love and she really is a great person.
No matter what happens, its that split second that will always be remembered. The day with the car on the icy roads. Now this is where the story got really interesting and the tables turned in a way. I so didn't expect what happened. It was a perfect twist. The details and feels just got stronger and by this point I was already glued to the seat until the last page was read.
So worth the read!