Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna

Piece of My Heart

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?

Hardcover, 239 pages
Expected publication:  June 18th 2013 by Merit Press
Piece of My Heart

My Review

Have you ever worked hard for your dreams? In Piece of My Heart Marisol knows that her dream is to be a singer. I found Piece of My Heart captivating. I read it in a couple of days (I attend a Miranda Lambert concert on Saturday and didn’t read at all that day). Being 17 Marisol is a little naïve when it comes to some things, but she is also mature in other ways. In the synopsis is says that she is still in high school. It starts off right before graduation, but graduation is really the only mention of school. It’s the summer after graduating, a bit before she turns 18.
I really like that the story lets the main character learn some life lessons. Not everything can be learned at school. The timeline of Piece of My Heart is really good. There’s just enough happening. I am happy there was enough action that it wasn’t boring, and there wasn’t too much to make it seem as if the author was trying too hard.
The beautiful cover is perfect for Piece of My Heart. I think it goes great, and love the dress!
Dreams, friendship, fame……how will Marisol balance what she wants?
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