Another Little Piece Of My Heart

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin Teen

Synopsis:

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?

Thoughts:

I’d heard good things about Another Little Piece Of My Heart, so I was really looking forward to reading it. I thought it was a good read, which didn’t take long to read at all. It’s a sweet, yet sometimes very bitter look about love and how decisions you make aren’t always the right ones. It’s also a story of how sometimes life gives you a second chance.

Claire was a great protagonist. She was bitter, which isn’t surprising after all she’s been through. Sometimes female leads can become far too whiny that it’s off putting, but I could totally see where Claire was coming from. I can even understand why she broke up the relationship at her mother’s request. Wouldn’t you want to put less stress on an ill relation? I initially wasn’t sure what attracted Claire to Jared, as he didn’t come across as a lovely person at all. Some of his remarks were way too much, but as the story unfolds we begin to see that Jared isn’t that bad after all. The fame hasn’t gone to his head, and really he’s just dealing (badly) with the aftermath of a break-up!

If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy, romantic read, then this isn’t it. There aren’t really any moments that make the reader swoon. It’s more about dealing with a messy break-up and how it affects their lives. There is a lot of tension in the story, and there’s certainly chemistry between Claire and Jared.

Although there isn’t a whole lot of romance in this read, it’s still intriguing and sweet. I think Tracey Martin portrays the confusion and bitterness of a relationship break-up perfectly.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
The Twins- Saskia Sarginson

Stacking The Shelves #48

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

I’m really happy with my haul this week!

NetGalley:

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I had requested books ages ago and they all seemed to be approved at once! Most of these are January releases so I’ll try to get to them soon. Out of this little selection I’m most excited to read Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison.

Bought:

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I decided to buy these books because I’ve heard great things about them!  I can’t wait to read Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell. I’m also excited to read Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from her before.  I’ve also heard great things about Golden by Jessi Kirby and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. I’m intrigued by Jenny Han’s series which kicks off with The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Oxford University Press:

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I am attending an Oxford University Press blogging event at the end of January. They kindly sent me these two books to read before the event!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your links!