Review: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin

Tracey Martin
Harlequin Teen (Digital)
Publication Date: December 1, 2013

From the back cover:

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 guess this is where I admit that I’ve never read Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, so I have know idea whether this rock-and-roll retelling does the classic justice. I can, however, tell you that ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART is an angsty, emotional roller coaster ride with a lot of heart and depth that will keep you turning the pages from beginning to end.

I have loved music ever since I was a little girl, so any book that centers around music as this one does is guaranteed to be a winner for me. But Tracey Martin manages to write a beautiful story of second chances. The narrative is filled with voice, voice, and more voice. We really do view the world through Claire’s eyes as she struggles to come back to life after her mother’s death and all the changes that have turned her world upside-down.

Tracey Martin weaves love and loss and heartbreak and reconciliation together in a unique and timeless way, making ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART a must-read for anyone who loves an epic romance.


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