Book Review: Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna

Title: Piece Of My Heart
By: Lynn Maddalena Menna
Publisher: Merit Press 
Publication Date: May 18, 2013
ISBN: 9781440561061
Pages: 240

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?

This book was an easy read with a good story line however I found myself waiting for something to happen. There were never any important events or critical pieces to the story that made me want to keep reading to see where the story was going to go. I am not the target audience so maybe that is why I did not enjoy it as much. I think the rise to fame in the music industry is much more difficult than this story implied. 

The main character ‘Marisol’ did not have as difficult of a time signing a record deal as a person in the real world would which almost made it not that interesting. I kept expecting the story to go in different directions and it never did. Again, I am not the target audience for this book so a young adult may appreciate this novel more than I was able too. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Piece of My Heart at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received


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