pieceAnother Little Piece of My Heart tells the story of Claire.  She is a highschool student and dating a guy named Jared. Her parents don’t like Jared and think that he is a bad influence on her.  Her mother is dying so she decides to break up with Jared at her mother’s request so she won’t be causing unneeded stress for her mother.  Jared ends up becoming a big music star – with a song that seems to be all about Claire and how she left him for a new car.  (Not true, though she did get a new car after they broke up.)  Claire just wants to move on from Jared and piece her life back together after her dad is out of work and she’s not sure she has any money to go to college with.

The family takes a trip to New Hampshire to see her cousins and it turns out Jared is in town too – hanging out with a friend from highschool that now goes to college at UNH.  Claire and Jared try not to let anyone know about their past, which becomes a little bit difficult when Jared and Claire’s cousin seem to hit it off. Will they be able to avoid each other? Or will they end up discussing why they broke up in the first place and be able to at least be friends?

This was a cute story. It is also based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion – which is interesting. I’ve seemed to pick a few books lately that are re-works of her works – so it’s no surprise I have purchased a book with some of her stories that I may be able to read someday. (If I can stop requesting more books to review that is!)  Although the book was a bit predictable at times, it was great for a teen harlequin story and I think that high schoolers would really enjoy reading it.  It’s a relatively quick and easy read – I managed to knock it out in a couple of hours!

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

E-exclusive from Harlequin TEEN

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 ofSecond Verse

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