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?
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.
She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.
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Claire meets Jared at a party and in true Romeo and Juliet fashion, her parents do not appreciate him since he comes from the wrong side of the tracks. The pair bond over their love of music, especially the Beatles and I loved how their discussions revolved around their favorite bands. So when Claire's mother becomes ill and suggests she break up with Jared, she does. Jared takes it hard, but being a musician, he does what comes naturally and writes a song about the breakup. When it soars up the charts (named "Daddy's Girl"), she takes it hard, especially when her father loses her college fund and is dating his hot secretary.
As Claire tries to remake her life, clerking in a grocery store in a small college town, she runs into Jared. Her best friend goes to school with Jared's friend, so it is only a matter of time when the two run into each other. The only ones to really know what the song is about are her sister and best friend. Overall, this is a sweet homage to Persuasion that is full of humor and romance. I loved how the author worked in so many musical references. It was enjoyable and a perfect summer read. I know we are in winter, but it just reminded me of summertime.
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