I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin
Published by Harlequin Teen on December 1st 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?
This book combines two of my favourite things; Jane Austen and old rock music. Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a book I thoroughly enjoy reading -and reread -always. Old rock music is the best, and is everything I need to feel good. Combine those two things and you’re a genius in my eyes.
I just loved the take on Persuasion. Claire was a perfect heroine and nothing like the meek Anne from Persuasion. Claire is a modern day rock chick, opinionated and sarcasticc but with a very big heart. Jared was the impersonation of a modern day Wentworth. He did not score point with me at first. Sure he got his hard broken, but he was a jerk by writing those songs and there was this one comment I would’ve punched him in the face for. In the end, like Wentworth in Persuasion, it was just a façade in order to hide his true feelings. Their story, made complete with their combined passion of rock music, made for a great retelling of the classic novel by Jane Austen.
Some nights are like a perfect song. The energy in the air lifts your spirits, and the chill drives you forward… Sometimes, just when you think it’s over for good, the alien gods give you the chance to hit Repeat and the music goes on forever.
I am so glad that I got to read this book, and it was everything I wished for it to be. ‘Another Little Piece of My Heart’ was a quirky and fun read that combined some of my favourite things. Great music, great dialogue, great characters and above all, a very good read!