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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591823
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sandra Wilson on July 11 2014
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Great story. I enjoyed it very much!
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Irresistible chick lit. Even if you think you're too cool for this sort of story. Feb. 25 2012
By Esther Schindler - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
There's a scene early in Another Piece of My Heart in which one of the main characters is grieving for her mother. (Don't worry, that isn't a spoiler.) Her best friends come over with a box of See's Chocolates, and -- even though they are health-food California yoga-and-granola types -- say, "Sometimes, you just need some sugary crap." And they eat the entire box in one sitting.

That's pretty much how I feel after reading this novel. It's not deep meaningful fiction; I don't think anyone is going to choose this for their next book club meeting. But sometimes you just need someone to tell you a story about someone ELSE's problems and victories, and Another Piece of My Heart is a perfect example.

Our basic setup: Andi married in her late 30s, and feels she's found the perfect man. Ethan is warm and understanding, and Andi's happy to have a ready-made family, with Ethan's two teenage daughters from an earlier marriage. All she needs to feel fulfilled is a baby of her own. Only she has friction with the older daughter, and self-doubts. And that's just where we start...

This book is all about the characters and their relationships and their journeys. Andi is our main character but we also see into the worlds of the step-daughter Emily and several other key people.

I have oddly mixed feelings about the result. On the one hand, this novel is so very much a chick lit *fantasy*. When people get angry, they remain articulate. When they have a life-changing moment, they rarely waver. Ethan is a sensitive new age guy, the one that most women imagine to be perfect (he probably picks up his own socks, too), except for his understandable weakness for his older daughter. And he isn't very realistic. Most guys just aren't going to say, "I love you. I hate these fights, these moments that happen when we disconnect from each other so completely, but that isn't what defines our relationship." I don't think they talk that way during a marital argument even in California.

And yet... I couldn't put the book down. I ate the whole box of cheap chocolates at one sitting. Despite the fact that the prose is sometimes overworked sentimentality, the characters do come alive. I cared what happened to them. I don't really _believe_ them, but I wanted to. And I think you will, too.

If you're ready for a good wallow in a hot tub with bubble bath... this is the book you want beside you.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Fine Page Turner by Green Feb. 25 2012
By Obsidian Blue - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The newest offering by Jane Green "Another Piece of My Heart" tells the story of Andi a stepmother to two teenage girls' trying her best to be loving stepmother though one of her stepdaughter's makes it extremely hard.

The main protagonist of the novel, Andi, is a loving wife to a divorced man named Ethan. Ethan when she meets him is divorced with two daughters, who at the start of their relationship were fairly young. The two girls, Emily and Sophia are like night and day. Sophia loves Andi and Andi loves her. However, the oldest daughter, Emily, has a contentious relationship with Andi that often turns into bitter arguments, fights, with Emily always getting her way.

However, Andi wants more than anything to get along and love Ethan's daughters like her own since she wants to have a large family and eventually have more children with Ethan.

As the novel progresses we have Andi now 41 and married to Ethan for several years, and Emily now 17 still fighting and causing a lot of scenes and frequent fights between Andi and Ethan. Emily at the time is just drifting and has no plans for college, but frequently comes home drunk and high.

During this time period an event occurs that I felt was telegraphed very early by Jane Green dealing with Emily and how it will now affect Andi and Ethan.

I also felt that the event was such a cliche and what ended up happening was a cliche that I found myself checking out mentally as I continued to read. I called every event that happened with the characters afterwards right up to the happy ending.

I have to say that though the book overall was written very well I found myself disappointed and wished that Jane Green had chosen a different outcome to her story. She had great potential there and I think she just wanted to ensure a happy ending for all of the characters.

Additionally, I think Jane Green made a mistake in switching from Andi back to Emily's point of view throughout the novel. By the time the novel switches to Emily's point of view I was fully invested in Andi and felt myself getting frustrated with Emily since she was selfish and thoughtless throughout. Also at that point about 40 percent of the novel had just been told from Andi's point of view and it would have been better served to leave it as Andi's story, not Emily's.

Finally though, what really disappointed me above all else when I finished this book was that by the end of it Emily does a total 180 and to me as a reader it felt forced. Sometimes stories can be left open ended or even sad it doesn't take away from the novel.

Overall grade: C+
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Mixed Bag for me April 28 2012
By Denise Whitcome - Published on
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First, the author's voice started to bother me after 11 hours. A British accent telling a story about Californians? It was discordant at times.

Second, the book itself was interesting, but at the end, I really didn't like any of the characters.

What did I like to give it 3 stars?
The author created real-life situations. I'm so used to reading romance and fantasy, with their black and white storylines, this was a nice change for me. Life didn't become perfect overnight, it took years of pain and struggles to reach that point and the book took you through all of the pain.

The main focus of the book was on a self absorbed stepdaughter who was experiencing immense pain over the indifference of her alcoholic mother. Only after 10 years of drama, do things get better. Wow, I'm worn out just thinking about it again.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Sorry Jane Green...I think I'm done. April 26 2012
By Luke811 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Since Jemima J I have been a huge fan of Jane Green...until that is she seemed to lose that British charm that made her books so enjoyable. I'm not sure of her personal life but it seems as though as soon as she moved out of England and into Connecticut she completely changed the type of writer that she was. To read her books now, you would never know she is British or that she is even capable of writing funny books like Bookends or Straight Talking.

I'm not even sure why I tried reading this newest book since I have been so disappointed in her last few, but I guess I just keep hoping she will go back to the way she started. Sadly, this newest endeavor of hers is yet another frustrating tale. It was completely predictable, irritating, and frankly, boring. Not to mention, completely unbelievable. I had such a difficult time believing the actions of Emily, an 18 year old, who was struggling so much with her parents divorce that she basically was acting like a 5 year old. In addition, While I felt for Andi, her stepmom who was constantly berated by her, I could not stand her either. I found her to be whiny, and in a predictable fashion, started lusting after another man as soon as her marriage got the slightest bit rocky. To put it simply, I just don't care about these characters and am not sure I can even muster the energy to finish the last few chapters.

Sorry Jane, but I think you have officially lost me as a fan...unless of course Jemima decides to make another appearance.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Difficult To Get Through May 22 2012
By Book Worm - Published on
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This was a difficult book for me to get through. I stopped listening several times. It was the first Jane Green novel I have ever read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd describe this book as an in-depth family drama with plenty of emotion and struggle.

Several things went wrong for me from the beginning, starting with, Emily, Andi's step-daughter. She was definitely an irritating teenager, a bratty tantrum throwing teenager. And as her parents, Andi and Ethan seemed helpless when it came to disciplining Emily. Instead, they were always giving in to Emily's demands and were always worrying about whether Emily liked them. This whole situation just felt over the top to me at times.

The author also alternates the story view point between Andi, Emily, Ethan and Janice, Emily's biological and recovering alcoholic mother. This was probably done to try and give more depth to the characters, but it did not work for me. Every character just seemed to whine and complain way too much. There were also times when the characters moved the story forward by telling or synopsizing the story for us, instead of taking us through the story as it happened. This is one of my pet peeves. I'd rather be shown what happens versus just being told.

And lastly, the narrator was another big problem for me. The audio book version is read by the author. She is British, and for the first quarter of the book, I thought I was reading about a family living in the UK somewhere. Turns out they live in the U.S.. I found this confusing, and wish they had chosen someone else to read the book.

If you have read a Jane Green novel before and enjoyed them, you will probably like this one. It just didn't work for me.

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