Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review Piece of My Heart by: Lynn Maddalena Menna

Title: Piece of My Heart
Author: Lynn Maddalena Menna
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 239
Format: Paperback
Source: Sent by Publisher for Review
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Description:


Still in high school, Marisol Reyes gets the chance of a lifetime to be a real singer, and she leaps at it. After all, this is the dream she held on to, all the days and nights she spent growing up on means streets of East Harlem. Marisol never gave in--no matter what her boyfriend or her best friend had to say. Who cares if only one in a hundred pretty, talented girls make it? She will be the one. In her rush to fame, Marisol tramples on the heart of her loyal best friend, and Julian, the boy she loves. But will it be worth it?

One night at a private gig in the Hamptons, the little Latino girl with the big voice from East Harlem gets a severe reality check. A famous rapper who claims to be interested in her talents turns out to be interested in something else, threatening not only Marisol's dreams but her body and soul. Will the realities of the gritty New York music scene put out the stars in Marisol's eyes forever?

My Thoughts:

Sometimes growing up can be very hard especially when you are waiting for your big musical break.  Marisol spends her time performing gigs with her friends Cisco and Randy waiting for the right agent to find her and make her a star, what she forgets is that the road to music comes with a price tag and can she handle the price?

First she ends up ditching her friends too much and they show their anger at her new found stardom, then she records a song with Diego Salazar she goes on two dates with him unknown to her he has no female attraction.  Then there is Blend who is a huge agent and clothing designer, but something about Blend rubs Marisol the wrong way.  Is it her or is there something going on with Blend that she knows nothing about?

There is also the fact that Marisol is still trying to find her way living with her stepmother Lola and their pet Cha-Cha.  Since her father's death it's been Marisol and Lola and feeling weird at the fact that she lives with her stepmother with her mother running off on baby Marisol.

I found this book great and refreshing with music as the big interest, plus the relationship wtih Lola and Marisol.  While they are only related from her father they have a great connection when it comes to parent-child relationship.  I also liked how Marisol learned alot about music and growing up she may not have known had she not met some interesting characters.  I also loved how she went with what worked for her in the end!

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