I finally finished this book! I don’t know why it took so long.
Something didn’t click originally? But I enjoyed it.
Despite being totally predictable, this was an adorable little book full of guitar strummings and teenage angst.
And, despite not having read any Jane Austen (ever), I mildly enjoyed myself.
Books about music are awesome. It’s a fact. If you’re a musical freak like me, there’s a lot of musical references to enjoy. But, I noticed in the acknowledgements that the author didn’t play (at least not much). She did a good job for not being a guitar guru. If you’re not a musical freak (my condolences), you’ll still enjoy this.
Writing? Clean, fresh, and quirky. Our narrator, Claire, had a fantastic voice. Down to earth, a little sarcastic, and totally relatable.
Characters? They were all nice. Normal, but nice. Claire is my favourite, I have to admit, since everyone else turns out to a) be a jerk, b) mean or c) neglected. April is Claire’s little sister. She’s not a huge part of the book, but I wish she was. They basically live on different planets and only lately have started connecting. It was sad. Every time April opened her mouth Claire was basically, “What’s with her? Why is she talking to me?” Um. SHE’S YOUR LITTLE SISTER AND SHE’S SAD TOO. COMFORT HER MAYBE?!
But you want to hear about Jared, right? The luuuuurve interest.
Jared lacked…life. He was well thought out and all. We had a whole chapter of backstory on his and Claire’s relationship before she dumped him on request by her dying mother. That’s the problem, see? A few chapters of backstory do NOT bring a character alive. I only knew he and Claire were a cute couple because she said so. It was never proved. I didn’t understand the trauma of her breakup (which is what the book’s about) because I didn’t know Jared!
I secretly wanted Claire to write her own chart-topping song and make a BOOM of a comeback. Claire was awesome! Jared…not so much.
But the ending was still adorable and satisfactory. Claire was like this closet musician, and I just wanted her to sing! And be fabulous! I believe in you, Claire, even if the world doesn’t!
Yes, yes I do, Claire.
There were plenty of funny lines too:
Kristen answers on the third ring: “Greening’s Morgue. You kill ’em; we chill ’em. What’s up?”
I swat a mosquito. “I don’t suppose any of them involve bashing your ex on the head with his own Grammy?”
“No, but if you decide to cope that way, please, I’m begging you, get it on video.”
I really related to Claire. The writing was fantastic. Music rocks. The end.
Another Little Piece of My Heart came out on 1st December, 2013. Thank you NetGalley for the e-ARC!
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?
Cait’s favourite part of writing a review is looking for GIFs. It’s amazing what she turns up. Sometimes it’s slightly scary. Besides tweeting randomly, she’s been enjoying holidays. She considered writing a book this holidays. But nah. Too much work. Instead she’s watching funny Disney movies.