Today we are SO excited to be the stop for Another Little Piece of My Heart‘s official blog tour, organized by Book Nerd Tours. Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin is a young adult contemporary romance that was released December 1, 2013 by Harlequin Teen.
About the Book
Another Little Piece of My Heart
By Tracey Martin
Pub: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: 12/1/2013
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?
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Good lord I loved this book! I still can’t really explain it. Logically, the book followed an outline I could have easily predicted by reading the synopsis. It wasn’t anything particularly different or unique in that respect. So, why did I just want to hug my Kindle when it ended?
1. The Music
2. The Characters
3. The EMOTION
This was an emotional read for me. I connected on an emotional level and emotion is what drove me through the entire plot. I felt each and every thing the main character did so deeply, it was a bit frightening. I cried with her. I laughed with her. I rolled my eyes when she made the wrong decision. I was in her head and it made the book that much more enjoyable.
Claire was great. Her story was pretty unique — her ex-boyfriend became famous and wrote nasty songs about her. I can’t even imagine, but I’m guessing Taylor Swift’s exes understand her pain. Claire felt deeply for the boy and they didn’t even break up because she didn’t love him, but because her mom was dying. The whole thing was just heartbreaking. I felt her shock when she came face to face with the boy in the grocery store and I quickly strapped in for what I knew was going to be a tumultuous ride.
The music! There was SO much music in this book (hello, the title is a famous line from Janis Joplin’s song) that I was giddy. From talking about the Beatles to meeting famous made-up bands from Australia, to the music Claire and Jared created. The music was such a major selling point for me.
This book is very much character-driven. We spend a lot of time in Claire’s head, dealing with the emotions and the things life has thrown her way. I think this truthfully answers why I loved it so much. The plot was predictable, but the experience was refreshing. I fell madly in love with the book and I SERIOUSLY wish I could have been laying by the pool when I read it. It is the perfect beach read, especially since much of it takes place on or near the beach.
The writing was great, the plot was tight and didn’t leave anything hanging or missing, the pacing was perfect, and we spent a lot of time in the character’s frame of mind. The end made me smile and the book left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!
I definitely recommend this to fans of contemporary romances, those who like books with a lot of music, coming-of-age, and reconciliations.
About the Author
Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.
She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.
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