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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 mak ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
"Piece of My Heart" failed to impress me, unfortunately. The story centers around up and coming superstar Marisol (who goes by Mari). She's discovered by an agent of a major superstar, and this story depicts her rise to fame and the clashes between. I did like the fact that the story features a POC main character, but so much of this novel was way too shallow for me to identify with or follow. I didn't really like Mari's character - I thought she was selfish and pretty much stayed that way for t ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Though this book was biased, mainly showing the unsavory and dangerous parts of show business, I really loved how realistic it was about those parts. There is real danger in ignoring the bad parts of anything, and it was good to see the bad parts represented in the midst of all the glitz and glam shows and books. I also really loved and related to Marisol. This book was really a winner.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Marisol has big dreams. She wants to be a famous singer. She has the voice. While performing at a party, Marisol is discovered. Her dreams are about to become a reality. Marisol’s first taste of stardom is recording a duet with her favorite singer, Diego. As Marisol gets higher on the stardom ladder, she leaves her friends behind. Marisol will have to make a decision whether to keep following her dreams or stay with her friends.

I found this book to be a really quick read. I was not bored readin
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy from Merit Press in exchange for an honest review

2.5 Stars

Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna is a young adult debut about hopes, dreams, and how far we would go to achieve our dream careers.

While it was definitely glamorous to see Menna's characters living it up in New York City, the story was at times a little difficult to read. While I did enjoy it for what it was, a story about a young girl overcoming obstacles, from a
Dec 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm normally very careful about how I phrase reviews and I try to find something positive in almost every book I read. Constructive criticism and honest opinions are one thing, but I'm always wary of veering off into a rant. Piece of my Heart makes me wary for this very reason. I don't necessarily want to rant about it, but there was so much I disliked about it that it evoked some very strong emotions from me while reading it and let's just say my notebook isn't fit for public eyes.

Piece of my
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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The metoric rise to fame as a singer or member of a band has been chronicled in many a movie and/or book; I've seen Rock Star with Mark Wahlberg more times than I would care to count because my brother is obsessed with it for whatever reason. I'm far from opposed to reading books about singers or musicians, especially when the main character is something other than white like Marisol is in Piece of My Heart. The jacket copy read like the description of a L
Audrey Graser
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Title: Piece of My Heart
Author: Lynn Madelenna Menna

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Merit Press

Length: 239 pages

Original Publishing Date: June 18th, 2013

Series: Standalone
Where I got it: NetGalley

Main characters: 3/5

Marisol (and her alter ego Singer Girl) had this great sass, but sometimes it almost became arrogance. We are also told about Marisol's magical transformation into Singer Girl that happened before the book started, but I feel like we would've seen a larger range of character
Nova Zaiden
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This is one of those reviews where I feel like I am the black sheep. I'm not typically a mean person, nor do I find pleasure out of making a mockery of books. This book, however, makes me wary on how I'm going to write this review. I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so expect some honesty.

In this book, we meet a feisty MC by the name of Marisol. With an amazing voice (4 octaves for the musicals who are reading
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Books about teens who are aspiring singers never really do it for me, but last week I noticed a few really good reviews of Piece of My Heart floating around the Internet, so I decided to pick this one up off my advanced copy shelf and give it a read. This is one of the better books Merit Press has put out this year (I couldn't even get past the first twenty pages of Screwed) but it still fell short for me.

Marisol is still in high school, but she's harboring big dreams about being a popular singe
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
While reading a book about the music industry initially sounded very cool,there were too many things in this one that didn't work for me. I'm pretty sure I wanted to slap or shake or at least give bizarre looks to all of the characters at some point.

Let's start with Marisol, the main character. I really like that she was Latino, since the vast majority of YA novels focus on Caucasian young women. I also appreciated her ambition and desire to better her situation. However, that's about where my l
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received the eARC through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Many thanks.

I would like to begin this review by saying that what I got from this book was definitely NOT what I had expected. I expected a huge amount of drama and physical violation over Marisol (a.k.a. Marie), but I'm glad that I was mistaken.

The writing style was flawless. I loved the narrative, as it provided just the right amount of world building. I loved the dialogues because they sounded realistic and true. I
Tracey (Life and Literature)
There's nothing more exciting than a theater with it's frenzied energy. Musicians are tuning up their instruments Vocalists are running scales in their dressing rooms. Stage managers are yelling orders. I love this world.

Marisol Reyes is seventeen and a girl with big dreams. Dreams that she plans to make a reality. She is going to be a star. And she knows she has the voice to do it.

When I first read the synopsis for Piece of My Heart, I jumped at the chance to review it. It sounded like it w
More like 2.5 - 2.9 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Piece of My Heart reminded me of that Jay-Z song “Empire State of Mind”:

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York

Marisol is a sassy and ambitious young lady living in Harlem and hoping her killer voice will make her a music phenomenon. She sacrifices time with her best friends and her on-and-off
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok

Hi guys!
I've been a bit lazy on the reading, but I finally finished this book. The Netgalley publishers sent me this book, here's what I thought.

My Summary:
Marisol's dream is to become a singer. She does karaoke in clubs, and someone posts a video of her singing which ends up going viral. When she gets the chance to record a duet for her favorite artist, Diego Salazar, she knows she's going to make it. She's a got a four octave voice range and has worked her butt off. And she's right, her career
Audrey Wilkerson
The Low Down: Marisol Reyes is a Latina high school student living in East Harlem. More than anything she wants to be a professional singer. She gets to show off her skills working for her friend, Cisco, while he djs and she gets the karaoke started in clubs around the city. She’s a driven girl, but sometimes that means that she can’t hang with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Julian and her best friend, Vanessa. But then the unexpected happens: the manager of a famous (and Marisol’s absolute ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
You can read the full review on my blog.
Best thing about this book? The setting. I have never read anything set in a Latino community, let alone East Harlem. I found it fascinating to see through Marisol's eyes the differences between the hood and upscale New York as she gradually climbs her way up there.

The characters: Other than being a little bit full of herself, Marisol seemed legit. I didn't approve with a lot of her decisions, but they were natural for a starstruck girl in her position. S
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, arc-s
I requested this book from the publisher when I first heard about it as the synopsis peaked my interest, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy. I went in to the book with not huge expectations, but big ones thinking I would really enjoy it, however, it did not live up to what I was expecting unfortunately. I am not sure if it was the writing, or where the story line actually went, or not being able to connect with the characters, or all of the above.

There were some parts of the book that I li
Erin Richards
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: merit-press
PIECE OF MY HEART was an excellent coming-of-age story that stole a little piece of my own heart from the very first page. I loved 18-year-old Marisol Reyes’ dogged determination to get what she wants even when her friends basically abandon her as she forges a career and a life of her own after high school. Even her on and off boyfriend, Julian, preys on her emotions and tries to detract her from going after her dream of becoming a professional singer. I saw a little of myself in Mari at that ag ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This book sounded right up my alley. I am a huge fan of books about people trying to live their dreams. and books about fame. As you can guess from a hand full of my reviews.
I have to say that I really liked the start of this book. It did not hit me as something special but just another fun read. And i liked. I might not have been a big fan of Mari. At times she was really cool and it felt like we were getting close to her as a reader. But at other times it felt like I was not getting a clear lo
Paula Ratcliffe
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes growing up can be very hard especially when you are waiting for your big musical break. Marisol spends her time performing gigs with her friends Cisco and Randy waiting for the right agent to find her and make her a star, what she forgets is that the road to music comes with a price tag and can she handle the price?

First she ends up ditching her friends too much and they show their anger at her new found stardom, then she records a song with Diego Salazar she goes on two dates with him
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this book. I was hoping for something gritty and exciting but instead the story was pretty flat and the characters left a lot to be desired. Menna had such a great opportunity with Marisol. Here's a girl with big dreams and lots of talent, it would have been fun to watch her meteoric rise to stardom or at the very least her development as a person. Unfortunately, Mari was a pretty one-dimensional character. She is painfully naive, totally oblivious to anyone else's ...more
Kelly Anderson
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The YA genre is one that I am very familiar with. I work with young adults and am always looking for new stories that are smart and entertaining. I came across "Piece of My Heart" a few weeks ago and fell in love!!!

The story follows Marisol, a young Latina from the grimy NY streets as she sets her sights on becoming a singer. Fast paced and hard to put down, Marisol goes on a roller coaster of emotions as she meets new contacts and actually starts to make her dreams come true. The irony and cont
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.
2.5 stars

The story had a lot of potential but I feel it did not lived up fully to it. The whole book has a very high school vibe, despite the characters having just graduated. I was hesitant at first, but gradually I started to like the voice of the heroine, Marisol. She is struggling to start a musical career while maintaining the friendships with the people from her childhood. It is a story about growing up, the changes you and your friends undergo while
Jul 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley - Thank You!

I hate when I'm excited about the concept of a book, then I just absolutely hate the reality of it.

I adore YA and NA books involving characters reaching fame or dating famous people. I don't know what it is about the trope, but I love almost all of them.

Unfortunately, Piece of My Heart was just not good. There wasn't a single character I liked. The lead character should have been brassy and confident, but she came across as bitchy an
Karen DelleCava
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
18 year old Marisol Reyes, a talented singer with her sights set on stardom, finds out just how tough it is to break out of the East Harlem barrio and land a record label contract.

I couldn’t help but be swept into the glamourous world of designer clothes, rap star mansions, VIP treatment at the hottest NYC club and attending movie premiers with THE who’s who in music. But all the while I kept wondering how much Marisol would be willing to sacrifice to make her dreams come true as the darker rea
Jennifer Pittman
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Have you ever worked hard for your dreams? In Piece of My Heart Marisol knows that her dream is to be a singer. I found Piece of My Heart captivating. I read it in a couple of days (I attend a Miranda Lambert concert on Saturday and didn’t read at all that day). Being 17 Marisol is a little naïve when it comes to some things, but she is also mature in other ways. In the synopsis is says that she is still in high school. It starts off right before graduation, but graduation is really the only men ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
If you know a young adult who is interested in the music industry - I would highly recommend them reading this book. Marisol is a good example of how a young lady should handle herself. She isn't perfect, but she has a good head on her shoulders.

Some times the characters seemed self centered, but I had to remind myself they are just out of high school and that is typical. So in that aspect I think the author hit it dead on. Friendships and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships were depicted as I h
Apr 14, 2013 added it
Piece of My Heart is the story of Marisol Reyes, a soon to be 18 year old girl with a passion for singing. The book follows her journey to a singing career. While she starts just working with her friend Cisco who is a DJ, she makes some big connections that lead her to a whole new life.

I liked the story a lot, although it seemed to move a bit fast. I was really surprised that so much happened in the course of only a few months. And while I liked Marisol, she could be a bit rude to her friends. S
Alpha Possessive Heroes
Piece of My Heart is the story of Marisol Reyes who has a passion for singing. The book follows her journey on becoming a singer...

I was really looking forward to this book but unfortunately it was an okay book for me. Didn't love or hate the story.

I couldn't connect with the characters... I actually had a hard time reading it to the point that I stopped reading this book and pick up another one.. I hate not finishing a book so I gave this another chance and read it again but I'll get bored tha
May 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I can't seem to connect with these characters. If I stopped after the fifth chapter and never finished, I wouldn't care one bit that I didn't know what happened to the characters. But since I was reading it to review, I forced myself to finish it. It seems like just by changing a few details this would make a great younger (middle school) book. It seemed like the author was forcing the emotion of the character on the readers. This is definitely not a favori ...more
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