Study Guide

My Heartbeat Chapter 16

By Garret Freymann-Weyr

Chapter 16

  • Ellen and her dad go out to a fancy lunch to discuss his disappointment in her grades, and it leads to an enlightening conversation about literature, her lessons in learning how to "see" people… and her interest in everything gay.
  • Their conversation finally turns to Link and why her dad would have such a problem with him being gay. He thinks it would place limits on all of the things Link could accomplish.
  • Ellen dares to disagree with her father, and tells him that he's wrong for thinking the way he does. It's a breakthrough for her—and leads to a rapid end of the conversation. Her dad thinks if Link were really gay, no amount of money would be able to convince him to date Polly, end of discussion.
  • Ellen accidentally, in the heat of the moment, confesses to her dad that she's in love with James. On their way home, her dad buys her a sketchpad and colored pencils because he's "interested to see what you see." It's a pretty sweet gesture. Finally.