Study Guide

My Heartbeat Tough-o-Meter

By Garret Freymann-Weyr

Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp

My Heartbeat isn't clogged up with difficult prose or words that are so multisyllabic you need to sound them out. It does, however, have some difficult themes to contend with, such as questioning one's sexual identity, familial discord, and navigating society's unwritten laws about being gay. So it isn't exactly a stroll along the beach.