Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Piece of My Heart

Author: Jane Green
Goodreads Rating: 3.60
My Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 352 Pages

Another book I got on advance from my mom. She brought home the audiobook for me and I got to listen to it (obvo). If anyone else has noticed the cover for One Pink Line, as Dina Silver says "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." As long as she's taking it like a champ. Both books were great, so no complaints here. 

Goodreads Synopses:

From the New York Times bestselling author of JEMIMA J, and THE BEACH HOUSE, comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet:  a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood. Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she's finally found him.  Ethan--divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia--is a devoted father and even better husband.  Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood—leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives…and in their hearts. ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART is a novel that illuminates the nuances and truths about relationships and is Jane Green at her absolute best.

My review after the jump!

Wow, I really liked this book. I totally felt for Andi, our protagonist, and her struggles with being a step mom and wanting to have her own child. I was a little thrown at first by the reader because it was read by Jane Green (Who is British, who knew?). Once I was able to get used to the accent and remembering that this was a book about America, it got easier. 

One of the reasons that I liked this book so much was because of the conflict between Andi and her step daughter Emily. The resentment between the two of them was what made this story interesting and kept you reading. You felt frustration as Emily twisted things and tried to turn her father, Ethan, against Andi. You felt angry at Emily as she didn't change at all. 

Emily was super angry with Andi because she felt like she had stolen her father from him. The whole time I was listening, I just kept thinking how I wanted to beat the hell out of her. She was a truly detestable character, even when she came back three years after having her baby-she was selfish even when she tried to defend her actions as not being selfish. Like when she tried to take her baby back under the guise of doing it because it was what Michael wanted. She only wanted the baby to keep Michael happy and with her, which was totally selfish.

I admired Andi's maternal instinct and her ability to stand her ground when it came to Emily returning to their lives and making mistake after mistake. I think that the book could have ended with Emily just up and leaving, but the jump three years in the future was nice just to see how things worked out for everyone even if it did lead to another two hours worth of drama to listen to (if not more than that). 

As I tried to review this book I realized that reviewing audiobooks can be harder because i listen to them over a long span of time, and not just that, but I'm not reading the words, for the most part, I'm passively listening, I get all the big stuff, but then I get distracted by the music being too loud at the gym or my mom trying to talk to me. Overall though I think this book was great.

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