Another Little Piece of My Heart [NOOK Book]


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, ...

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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?

"Sweet, sassy and incredibly swoon-tastic! The romance between these two musicians will strum every reader's heartstrings." - Jennifer Walkup, author of Second Verse

"A rocking second chance story layered with wit, music, and heart." - Jean Haus, author of In the Band

"An anthem for anyone giving love a second chance. Claire and Jared's story sings." - Lisa Burstein, author of Pretty Amy

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Gr 9 Up—When she was 15, Claire loved Jared. They had a lot in common, including an obsession with music. Their dream was to compose and perform together professionally, but her parents were not pleased with the relationship. When her mother, who had cancer, asked her to break up with him, Claire did so in the hope that it would reduce her mom's stress. Two years later, her mother is dead, her dad's company has folded, and college is no longer an option. Jared is famous for songs about her dumping him, and Claire is spending the summer with her immediate family and other relatives in New Hampshire. When Jared appears in the same beach town, much to Claire's horror and embarrassment, she discovers she still has feelings for him. "Some people are like a venereal disease," Claire thinks. "Just when you think they're gone for good, they return to irritate the hell out of you." Days filled with drama follow as the former boyfriend and girlfriend deal with their past mistakes and figure out if their future is together. This YA debut is a light and accessible romance that is easy to put down and pick back up. [e-original]—Rita Vernon, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459254749
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 91,096
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 301 KB

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

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        I tore through this one. The mix of light and a sarcastic ma

        I tore through this one. The mix of light and a sarcastic main character to the emotions dealing with the break up and sudden face to face as well as her family issues was just what I needed. 
        I chose to read Another Little Piece of my heart because the synopsis sounded like something I would like. I love stories with musicians, and they didn't disappoint, they had a true love for playing and hearing music, and I could relate with it. I was never good on any instrument, but have loved listening to it, and enjoyed my time dating a musician (he played classical and rock, and was amazing on a guitar). 
       Jared is a good guy when he dated Claire, and though I can understand his hurt, I also totally get hers at his popularity being based on a song that is not true. She dumped him at the wish of her dying mom, and I think that he should have understood that and stuck by because I know they could have ended up working it out. But I also know that it can't be easy for Claire to have chosen her mom, who clearly disliked him and disapproved of their relationship over him, whether she was dying or not. 
        But I loved how fate brought them back together, even though it was so hard that she decided to play like she didn't know him so that it didn't get out the song was about her. But he is dating her cousin, and there is all sorts of angst surrounding that. But I loved their secret jokes that ended up coming out and just the unresolved tension between the two, it was delicious. 
       She is also dating a guy named Zach, who while he seems nice enough, I knew where her heart was, and Claire and Zach didn't have the chemistry that I craved. 
        Claire herself was a lot of fun to be in her head. She was strong and funny, and no matter how different she felt from her family, at the end of the day she loved and valued them. 
         I think that the ending worked well for this book and it left it open that I can imagine what happens next while wrapping up enough of the story threads that I wasn't frustrated. 

    Bottom Line: Cute but emotional at times story of second chances. 

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

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    A wonderful retelling of a classic, Another Little Piece of My H

    A wonderful retelling of a classic, Another Little Piece of My Heart was a lovely read. I really enjoyed this YA romance. 

    Claire was a great heroine. She didn't have the best starts. At first, I thought she was somewhat petulant, bitter, and inclined to blame others for her own problems. But, as the story went on, she great up, realizing that she was responsible for her decisions and her happiness. By the end of the book, I really liked her.

    Jared was really sweet. Even though we saw him through the biased eyes of an angry Claire, he still came off as wonderful right away. He was a truly nice guy who might of made mistakes, but he admitted to them and did what he could to make them right. I totally adored him.

    The romance as sweet. Even though there was a lot of anger between Claire and Jared at first, it was obvious that neither of them was over the other. And, from then on, their feelings just grew even more. I thought they were a lovely couple.

    The plot was fast paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. The author did a great job transferring the tale of Persuasion into the modern world of music. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

    Another Little Piece of My Heart was a wonderful YA romance. It was a brilliant retelling of a lovely classic. I really enjoyed this book. Lovers of romance, Austen, or music, this is a book you'll want to check out.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

    This was a good read, although a bit long on the inner dialogue

    This was a good read, although a bit long on the inner dialogue at times. The love story is good and full of angst and tension. 

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    If I had to describe this book in a word or two, it would be rol

    If I had to describe this book in a word or two, it would be roller coaster. What is going on in these characters heads and lives are really getting a good beating from start to finish in this one. Claire has always felt like she was the odd duck in her family and maybe she truly is, but her decision to break up with her then-boyfriend Jared because her mother thought he wasn't good enough for her seems pretty harsh. That is until I tell you that her mother was dieing of cancer and Claire thought she was taking some of that stress away. Understandably heart broken Jared channels his emotions into his music, fueling his career to jump to all sorts of success. Hearing someone sing about you on the radio, especially when it's a lie, can really hurt when you only did it as a teenager trying to help her own mother. A few years later when things seem to getting worse in her own life, running into Jared at the beach isn't exactly helping Claire and it certainly isn't making her feelings any better.

    The reason I use the word roller coaster to describe this book is because of the situations these characters find themselves. I think everyone can relate to Claire in some way, whether it be the misfit feelings, the passion for music or the need to make the people you care about most happy. I understood why she broke up Jared, I really did, but at the same time I understood why he was so upset. The line was drawn for me, however, when he wrote the song.Not returning her phone calls? Alright, fine. Feeling angry and saying some of things he said to her at the beach? Get it. Making up a lie like that? NOT COOL JARED. The only saving grace for him was the fact that he didn't understand why she dumped him. He made assumptions and let his own insecurities bite him. These two were clearly gaga over each other from day one and that heart break didn't end those feelings. Their passion for both music and each other are what took this story from cute to boiling hot over the course of the entire book.

    That passion for music was what made this story worth reading. The romance and all the heart wrenching emotions it pulls out of you are one thing, but Claire is so rock and roll it really makes you smile throughout, even during her internal struggles the way she clears it all out through her guitar and music was really awesome to read about. I know this was sort of a play on Jane Austen but she has nothing on rock and roll music. What also made this really cool for me, and really this might just be too personal, was that it was set near where I live. I'm from Massachusetts, the northeast section of MA and I'm pretty sure the beach house they go to is in Rye, NH (could be completely off, but not the point!) It made it so approachable to read something that not only can I relate to the characters but have a sense of where they are too! Claire was the perfect protagonist matched with a rocky love story but every Cinderella gets her happy ending, even if that Cinderella has orange hair :) 

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

    "But that's okay because some nights are like a perfect son

    "But that's okay because some nights are like a perfect song. The energy in the air lifts your spirits, and the chill drives you forward. The sound of a thousand buzzing insects fills in the gaps, and the touch of a hand makes you dance with joy."

    I was so excited to receive the invite for this tour/scavenger hunt from Harlequin! Not only do I have a passion for reading, but I am such a music lover! I really love books that revolve around and incorporate music into their storylines. Martin has done a remarkable job of capturing teenage voice and I love that this was a story I actually found to be realistic and could see happening.

    This story primarily revolves around Claire and her relationship with her ex-boyfriend-turned famous singer-songwriter, Jared. However, we also see a girl who is dealing with a lot of changes in her life as she graduates high school and looks ahead to the future. The plan was always simple: make music with the person she cared about the most- her boyfriend. However, Claire's plan didn't quite mesh with the plan her parents had for her. They want their daughter to follow in her father's footsteps and attend an ivy league school. They saw Jared as a boy with no ambition and therefore do not feel that he is good enough for their daughter. Her parents didn't care about the fact that Jared makes her happy. They are more concerned about their daughter making a good life for herself and finding a boy who will be successful and able to take care of her. Of course, forbidding their daughter to go out with Jared only leads to rebellion. However, after her mom becomes sick with cancer, Claire finds that she doesn't want her mother to be unhappy and needlessly stressed. An argument between Jared and Claire leads to a breakup of epic proportions and Jared walking out of Claire's life.

    Flash forward to present day. Jared is that successful musician he always wanted to be and he has used his heartbreak over losing Claire to his advantage. What does a musician do when they have their heart broken? Write breakup songs, of course! Now, Jared is famous and is singing nasty songs about Claire at her expense. Claire definitely didn't deserve that from Jared, but he was hurting and let his emotions take over. Claire spends most of the book convincing herself that she is over Jared and what he does doesn't matter to her. However, running into him over the summer she is staying in New Hampshire makes her realize how untrue that really is.

    I was pretty indifferent to Jared most of the book. His interactions with Claire are pretty limited until later on. He is uncomfortable around her and these two definitely have unspoken business to take care of. Claire is hurting over the fact that Jared would exploit her like he did in his music and in typical teenage fashion, she can't help but want to make him jealous and sling barbed insults his way. However, Jared is hurting too and he retaliates. Both handle their situation immaturely, but that's what teenagers do. They speak before they think and Claire and Jared both end up hurting the other. The two keep getting thrown into each other's paths throughout the book, which ultimately forces them to acknowledge the other. Lisa, Claire's older cousin, is good friends with Mike, Jared's good friend from high school who he is staying with for the summer. After a party at Mike's, Hannah, Claire's other cousin, becomes interested in Jared, even though she is not privy to Claire and Jared's past. Claire tries not to let this bother her, but it's evident it does. She tries to divert her attentions to Mike's other roommate, Zach, but there really is no connection between the two. Both are complete opposites, but Claire wants to give him a fair shot, thinking maybe they could have something between them. At least then, she could rest assured that Jared doesn't completely still own her heart.

    As I said earlier, while the book focuses on Claire and Jared's story, it also really sheds light on the fact that life is ever changing and not everything always goes according to plan. Claire's after high school plan is once again turned upside down and she is handling that the best she can. She doesn't intentionally try to butt heads with her father, but she isn't a child anymore either. She may seem egocentric, but some of her decisions that conflict with her father's are actually the right ones. She sticks to her ideals and I really respected her for that. She is also learning to be more confident in her music. She has played in her band for a while now and the thought of performing by herself scares her. She has her insecurities, but the reality is, she's very talented. Seeing her struggle to find the words for a song that won't leave her alone and then watch inspiration hit was very cool from an outsider's view. I like that Martin didn't stray from the musical aspect of this story.

    Overall, this was a cute, fun read and I flew through it. Contemporaries are my thing as of late, and this one did NOT disappoint.

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