Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin

Another Little Piece of My Heart
By: Tracey Martin
Pub. Date: December 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley

What if your devastating break-up became this summer’s hit single? In this rock-and-roll retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, music can either bring you together or tear you apart.

At her dying mother’s request, Claire dumps Jared, the only boy she’s ever loved. Left with a broken family and a broken heart, Claire is furious when she discovers that her biggest regret became Jared’s big break. While Jared is catapulted into rock-star status, another piece of Claire’s heart crumbles every time his song plays on the radio.

The summer after her senior year, it’s been months since the big break-up, and Claire is just trying to keep her head down and make it through a tense trip to the beach with her family. But when Jared shows up, and old feelings reignite, can Claire and Jared let go of the past? Or will they be stuck singing the same old refrain?
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen.

Another Little Piece of My Heart was exactly the kind of book that I needed! I thought it was going to be a heavy read, but it was a light hearted, fun, and easy to get through read. I absolutely loved the characters and the premise just sounded so original and fun! Lately, I haven't been a huge fan of contemporaries, but this book made me enjoy them again!

Claire used to be a rich girl. Now she is on her way with her dad and sister to spend the summer with her Aunt. Claire wasn't one to ever listen to her parents or do what they wanted. She was in love with Jared, the boy with long hair and a beat up truck from the wrong side of the tracks. But Claire's mothers dying wish is for her to dump Jared, because he isn't good enough for her. Wanting to make her mom happy, she dumps him, the boy she is madly in love with. After the break up, Jared moved to NYC and got discovered. Now his entire album is filled with songs about his horrible ex girlfriend who dumped him!

Right away, I hated Jared. I thought he was a jerk! But the more I got to know him, the more I realized he was just a hurt kid who never meant to cause anyone pain, especially Claire. I really liked Claire too. You can't judge a girl who wanted to make her dying mother happy. I loved the connection between the two. It was sweet and realistic. Their feelings for each other and what happened between them felt so real and raw to me.

Any book that has references to how awesome The Beatles are is a win for me, and Another Little Piece of My Heart was no exception! I highly recommend it!

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