Another Piece of My Heart Hardcover – Mar 13 2012
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“A clear-eyed look at our idealized notions of love, family, and motherhood…Green is at her finest with this compelling novel. Deeper, more complicated, and more ambitious than her previous books, it will keep readers on edge as they wait to see how these tense family dynamics play out.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Told with her trademark sensitivity and insight, Green's latest offers everything readers expect from her: a moving story peopled with nuanced, sympathetic characters.” ―Booklist
“Green ramps up the emotional stakes.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of Green's female-centric bestsellers will relish this latest family melodrama…Green paints a clear-eyed portrait of the challenges of step-parenting while offering hope that in even the most damaged relationships, dreams can come true.” ―People
“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in…Green's sympathetic portrayals of Andi and Emily resonate.” ―USA Today
“Could be the biggest novel of the bestselling writer's career.” ―The Connecticut Post
“Green finds honesty in [Andi and Emily's] alternating voices.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Green creates emotionally nuanced characters, first setting the scene from Andi's view, then shifting to Emily's first-person perspective. Green creates sympathy for Emily, by giving her hurt and insecurity an authentic teenage voice. While the character details of Green's family drama are unique, the emotions ring true and universal.” ―The New Jersey Star-Ledger
“Jane Green surpasses herself in her latest novel, a powerful and moving story of a family on the edge of emotional wreckage, and how love truly can--when combined with strength, patience and a little bit of grace--conquer all. I flew through it, unable to sleep until I knew how it turned out. That's how much she made me care.” ―Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion
“Jane Green writes of true love, instant families and the heartache of happily ever after with skill, grace and wisdom. You will laugh and cry as you read Andi's story, and you'll be inspired to pick up the phone and call your best friend to read a scene aloud. It's that good. It's that riveting. It's essential reading for the modern woman looking for connection and escape.” ―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and the Valentine Series
“Another Piece of My Heart is an ambitious, at times devastating, and always wise novel that conveys the endless ways in which family both destroys us and saves us, very often at the same time.” ―Jonathan Tropper, bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I have read at least one book by Jane Green (over ten years ago) and I remember enjoying her writing style. Another Piece of my Heart showcases the intricacies of step-family relationships and I thought that the premise was interesting but unfortunately the execution was quite weak.
As lovers of audiobooks, we know that the narrator can make or break our enjoyment of a book. This book was read by the author who is British and while I love to listen to a British accent I have to admit that her accent threw me several times since the characters are all from California. My mind kept placing the characters on the west coast of England, not California and that really distracted me in the beginning.
Unfortunately I also felt that the characters were underdeveloped and felt very clichéd -- the step-mom trying to fit in, the sullen, rude and obstinate teenage daughter who hates her father's new wife, the perfect younger sister ... At first I found the issues between Emily and Andi interesting and complex but their issues soon felt very repetitive as they kept having the same arguments over and over again with no resolution in sight.Read more ›
Andi has moved from the east coast to the west coast and her home staging business has flourished. Now using match.com, Andi has met her perfect man, Ethan and he comes with two young daughters, the ready made family she longs for and hopes a baby of their own will complete the family.
When early onset menopause puts an end to baby dreams and Ethan refuses to consider adoption now that his two girls are in their teens, Andi begins to wonder if this life with its constant Emily dramas is really what she wants.
Jane Green's handling of the dynamics of the coming together of a couple, of a family, and in each person facing their own issues is an absorbing drama that makes this an interesting book to read.
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This is an extremely easy book to read. I read most of it in one day. It hums along, without any real twists or tension, but not entirely predictably either. The main problem that I had with it was that I never cared about any of the characters. Ethan, Andi and Emily are all pretty flawed and not terribly likeable. Nor did I believe for one moment in any of Andi's friends - they didn't feel like real people. But having said that, it's still an enjoyable read and I still found myself caught up in it. It's the kind of book that you want to read on holiday, when you don't want to have to think too much about what you're reading, just have it go down nice and easy. I liked it.
This book has been published in the US under the title Another Piece of My Heart.
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.
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.