Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Review: Another Piece Of My Heart by Jane Green
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Source: Personal Copy
Andi always wanted to get married and have children, she wanted to have the perfect family. It wasn’t until she was thirty-seven that she finally found someone that she wholeheartedly loved. When Andi married Ethan she knew he came with baggage, he was divorced and had two daughters but she was determined to make it work and treat his daughters as if they were his own. Their mother is an alcoholic and very distant with the girls, she tends to use them as leverage with Ethan. Ethan’s youngest daughter Sophia, was able to adjust fairly quickly to the marriage. Unfortunately, Ethan’s teenage daughter Emily is bitter and resentful, lashing out at Andi. Ethan is stuck between the love for his daughter and the love for his wife. Emily constantly manipulates her father, which ultimately puts a strain on his marriage.
Another Piece Of My Heart was a good read, but I struggled with the characters. I felt bad for Andi because her husband let his daughter treat her horribly. He was constantly manipulated by a seventeen year old, who would cry and throw tantrums. Ethan was always making excuses for her and Andi was left to deal with the situation herself. She was constantly walking on egg shells in her own home, trying to keep the peace, and she began to resent her stepdaughter. At the same time, I felt like she should have stuck up for herself a little more. Ethan seemed very weak, and I couldn’t understand his character. Andi and Ethan were always giving into Emily demands, accepting her alcohol and drug abuse. They were ignoring the problems, hoping to keep Emily quiet. The storyline didn’t seem realistic to me.