heartbeat -- Sharon Creech

Eh.  It was worth the twenty minutes it took to read, but Love That Dog was still a million times better.

I liked parts of it.  Like Annie talking about her future sibling as "the alien" baby, but in an affectionate way.  I liked the parts about running, for the most part.  I liked the differentiation between running because you love to run vs. running to win.  Annie runs because she loves it--her friend Max runs because he wants to escape.

But overall, it was too sappy for me.  Also, it did that thing where the new life coming counteracts the Grandfather getting older and entering into dementia.  I'm just so OVER that as a theme.