Piece of My Heart

Author: Lynn Madelenna Menna
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 239
Genre:  Young Adult
Source:  Edelweiss                                                            

Goodreads:   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?

Ope’s Opinion:  If you know a young adult who is interested in the music industry – I would highly recommend them reading this book.  Marisol is a good example of how a young lady should handle herself.  She isn’t perfect, but she has a good head on her shoulders.

                                       Some times the characters seemed self centered, but I had to remind myself they are just out of high school and that is typical.  So in that aspect I think the author hit it dead on.  Friendships and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships were depicted as I honestly think they are.

                                      I was pleased to see there was little to no foul language in this book – pet peeve of mine, especially when books are written for young adults.

                                        Some young adult books are good for adults, as well as teens – this is not one of those.  I do think teens would enjoy this book.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

                 FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from Edelwiess. 
            I was not required to write a positive review
                 in exchange for receipt of the book;
         rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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