Title: Another Little Piece of My Heart
Author: Tracey Martin
Publication date: December 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: e-ARC provided by publisher (Thanks, Annie!)
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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?
*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads
When I learned about Another Little Piece of My Heart, I knew at the moment that it’s a story I wouldn’t want to miss. A book that revolves around music always gets my 100% attention and this book totally deserved it. Reading the book made me realize that my love for music is endless. Ever since I was a kid, music is the heartbeat of my life. A day wouldn’t pass by without me listening to music or singing a song out of the blue. I suppose all music lovers can relate when I say that I bob my head to the beat, feeling the song’s overpowering rhythm flow through my veins.
The fresh, lyrical, and lovely writing style of the author stole my heart. I felt like I was listening to music while reading the story. Words glided smoothly just like a love song’s heartfelt melody. Although Another Little Piece of My Heart deals with heartbreak and relationship issues, it’s not the type of love story that is very serious and dramatic. Nevertheless the story made me cry at one point because of how sincere and emotional the lines were. Emotions surged from different directions and I drowned under the feelings of love, regret, longing, and happiness.
The plot was very engaging. A break-up becomes a hit song? Wow. I added this book to my TBR pile without second thoughts! I totally loved the concept of Another Little Piece of My Heart because it wonderfully captured the soul of music, love, and second chances. Because of it, I saw the ability of music in bringing people together and breaking them apart as well.
Claire and Jared fell in love with each other with music as the heart of their relationship. There were lots of sweet scenes between them in flashbacks and I loved reading those especially the ones that involved music. Squeeeee. ❤ I think the flashbacks are great because readers will see Claire and Jared’s history—how they met, how the fell in love, and how they were as a couple. As for me, it feels amazing to witness that history. I was able to understand their characters more and find the answers to the many questions of their break-up.
Claire and Jared are brilliant characters. They both complement each other’s imperfections. Despite this, however, they bring out the best qualities in each other. I’d definitely put Jared in my favorite book boyfriends list because a guy who sings and plays the guitar? L-O-V-E. Swoon! But aside from that, I admire Jared because of his extraordinary love for Claire and his confidence in her. A boyfriend like that is for keeps. The story may have started with Claire and Jared apart but I’m very happy that their hearts sing the same melody again in the end. 🙂
Another Little Piece of My Heart is a beautiful love story that will definitely rock your world.
IT’S SCAVENGER HUNT TIME!!!
Directions: In my post, you’ll notice that I’ve linked to one song from the Another Little Piece of My Heart Claire’s Summer Survival Playlist. There are 12 songs on the playlist in total, and therefore 12 stops on the scavenger hunt (posting from November 29 – December 1). Find them all, and discover 12 chances to win great Harlequin TEEN books and Another Little Piece of My Heart swag.
But there’s more! One grand-prize winner will be randomly drawn to receive a $25 iTunes gift card in addition to books and swag! To enter for the grand prize, send the complete, 12-song playlist, along with your contact information (including the address where you’d like to receive your prize) to the author by using this contact form: http://tracey-martin.com/contact/. The winner will be notified by email after the contest ends on December 5th.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the playlist using the contact form above by December 5th at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct playlist or without contact information will not be considered.
Song #7 in Claire’s Summer Survival Playlist:
Girlyman — Joyful Sign
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Prizes: 3 Harlequin TEEN backlist titles & ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART buttons and bookmarks
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