Saturday, November 30, 2013

Review: Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin

Title: Another Little Piece of My Heart
Author: Tracey Martin
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin Teen (December 1, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
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 am a sucker for anything Austen related, books, movies, retellings, you name it, I will read or watch it. I never worry about it ruining the classic or any other such nonsense because simply put, I just have fun with it.

But with all my Austen love, I have never read a retelling of Persuasion, at least, I don't think I have. I don't remember reading one although I have read many others that she has written so I jumped at the chance to. Why not? I loved the first, maybe I would even love this more modern version of the story. 

After all, it never hurts to try. Right?

This was actually a really cute read and one that surprised me with, considering the rock star status, how realistic it felt. 

Claire was definitely not mild and meek Anne Eliot from Austen's Persuasion but instead she was somewhat opinionated and feisty and even sarcastic at times.  I like that the author changed her character  and personality up but still kept the meat of the original feel of the story by having very similar circumstances of her break up with Jared (Wentworth) and keeping it all very entertaining and fun in the process by adding a modern twist and spin to it. 

Overall this was a great modern retelling that I really enjoyed.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I have read a retelling of P&P once upon a time and I think I'll stay away from Jane Austen retellings for a while. Simply I love originals just because of description of the era and modern retellings ruin that to me. I'm glad you enjoyed this one at last. Great review, Ali :)

  2. Sorry you didn't love the retelling you read Tanja, they aren't for everyone. ;)

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun! I'm thinking that I'd like to read this. I'm not sure how I'd feel if something like that happened to me.

  4. I was thinking of requesting this one but wasn't sure . I'm not a huge Austen fan so I'll think about it . Thanks for the review ;)

  5. Thanks for stopping by everyone!!

  6. I have to shamefully admit I have never read anything by Austen yet, but I think I have seen a few movies and did enjoy a couple of retellings. I would have never guessed that this one is part of it. Glad you at least thought it was cute!

  7. This is another one I've been curious about. It sounds really cute. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  8. I love Austen retellings, they're kind of my weakness! :-) This sounds like something I definitely need to read. I have read one YA retelling of Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. It was amazing! Looking forward to reading this one now thanks to your lovely review!