Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin
Author: Tracey Martin
Published: 1st December 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: E-ARC from Netgalley for my honest review
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?
This book is a great contemporary with just the right amounts of romance, drama, and fun!
The main male lead in this book is Jared Steele and while I have nothing against him or his name, the fact the he shares the same first name as my boyfriend did weird me out a little, though not any significant amount to affect the story. At first Jared seemed like a real poo-head, with his snide comments to Claire and the fact that he'd written a hit song about her being a heart-breaking, stuck-up, umm.. girl, he seemed like a jerk. As time went on however, you got to see the sweet, subtle things Jared did and said and I really began to root for him and Claire!
Claire was a good character and though she was quite bitter and angry, it was completely understandable after all she'd been through. Firstly, she dumped the boyfriend she loved to make her dying mother happy. Secondly, that very same boyfriend wrote a hit song about the break-up making you seem like a total jerk. Thirdly, your father loses your college fund and to save face, tells everyone your taking a year off to pursue music. These are just the things that happen to Claire in the first 5 minutes of the book, so when I say she's bitter you can understand why! Apart from the bitterness, Claire is funny and smart and I really enjoyed her character.
This is a book about forgiveness and learning to let go of the past so you can see the good parts in life. The romance was cute and the ending of this book was like the last bowl of porridge, just right.