In a Heartbeat

From the Series Lorimer Real Love

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Seventeen-year-old Lucien has a supportive family in Toronto but wants to make a new start somewhere nobody knows him. Going to stay with his aunt in Vernon presents challenges to fitting in—he is not comfortable with his hockey-watching, hard-partying cousins or the other kids at school.

Eventually, Lucien finds a community of creative teens and meets the mysterious Alder. As Lucien finds out who Alder really is, he is able to find what is worthy of love in himself.

Focusing on romance and speaking one’s truth rather than issues of gender identity, this story is a light-hearted tale of finding love in unexpected places.

Distributed in the U.S by Lerner Publishing Group

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 168
Publication Date 2022-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Romance
BISACS YAF052040, YAF031000, YAF058040
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 530
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Markus Harwood-Jones

Markus Harwood-Jones is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He is author of many Lorimer Real Love teen romances. He lives in Toronto.


Kirkus Reviews

“This brief read with a simplified style intended for reluctant and struggling teen readers provides much-needed queer representation for this format.”—Kirkus Reviews