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?
You know I’ve been singing (a bit off key, my apologies) the catchy tune with the title, right?
One of the best opening paragraphs I have read in a long time. Right off the bat the tone is set. And I like this girl. Certainly grabbed my attention before I new anyone’s name.
I enjoyed and appreciated that Claire’s voice was so strong and her story was definitely one that many can empathize with. Her family life is less than perfect and I think that is what makes her likable for me. I felt like Jared was a bit Taylor Swifty. Most of the characters in the book were well written, but I like to be able to really get to know my characters and it didn’t happen quite like I would have liked. Maybe more development will come in following books (?) and this is just the beginning. Overall, I did like the characters, which is a huge plus with any story.
As I was reading this story i thought that it would be a story that would really work with the YA crowd. While many YA stories are good, this one spoke the language without going overboard. I am a mom of teens, and while I think I am pretty cool and can speak their language, I really sound pretty dorky. It is hard to nail it and be relatable. Tracey nailed it. This is a great story and I feel that the YA crowd will really grasp it and the older crowd will get it without feeling like it is a bad 80’s movie.
I enjoyed the storyline and I would like to read more in the future. I have a difficult time starring books, so I will say this. It is a good read with great characters and is told in a great YA voice.
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About the Author:
Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.
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