REVIEW: Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe a.k.a everybody grieves differently.
TITLE: Heart Shaped Rock
AUTHOR: Laura Ropppe
PUBLICATION: Published May 2014 by Laura Roppe
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Romance | Contemporary | Music
PAGES: 316pages (Paperback)
RATING: 3 ★★★
BLURB FROM GOODREADS:
“If you liked the music collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” — New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover
“Laura Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional sixteen year old girl caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s Dean…you’ll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can’t do him justice in a few short sentences.” –Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Falling into You
Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn’t so much as touched her guitar since her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn’t felt like doing much of anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her “emotionally intelligent” brother’s head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all its forms.
Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock at www.LauraRoppe.com. All music available on iTunes.
This may be one of the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed. But I AM GLAD that I’ve read it, not only did it touched my heart, it made me think about how I treat certain people. Especially people who suffered a great loss.
The story is about a sixteen year old girl, Shaynee, who is dealing with her mother’s death because of cancer. That’s just what the story is all about, death of a parent. Dealing with the fact that you will wake up everyday knowing that your mother won’t be on your side anymore, doing what you used to do. And you know what, I’m fine with that story. I was ready to sympathise. Just from the blurb, I know that it’s going to be deep and look! It was reviewed by one of my favorite authors, Colleen Hoover, so I just know that I have to ready my heart. Even though the main character annoyed me at first.. oh wait she didn’t annoyed me, she actually made me a little mad.
Imagine this, your brother is grieving, HE IS TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE FACT THAT HIS MOTHER IS GONE TOO, and this is what you’re thinking?
“Why does he insist on emoting all the time? Did he not get the memo he’s a boy? Why doesn’t he just go through puberty already and grow a pair?”
“I stand there, looking at him, deciding whether I should comfort him (again), leave the room, or punch him in the face. The latter two options are my top picks.”
This girl have no emotions at all. Or heart for that matter. From the start, I realized that we have a very bitter MC. You have no idea how much I want to Dnf the book. Like, asdfghjkll!!! I was so frustrated. Because, she never stopped there you know. She hates her brother and I don’t even know why. Well, actually, she hates everyone. She’s also like that to her bestfriend, Tiffany. Who by the way uses worth cringing words. Like, chick-a-dee, coolio, redonkulously, and other more strange words that I made face to when I read them. Anyway, let’s talk about the side characters. I do think that Roppe made a decent set of characters. Their characters are given enough dialogues and used in necessary situations. Everyone has back stories that are worth knowing and they’re enough for the readers to know them well. Not too much that you’ll get bored but not too little also that you’re in the dark.
Let us now introduce the love interest, this is where the story got a little off for me. No, it has nothing to do with the fact that it’s insta-love and that it’s a little weird because they just knew each other for like, 2 weeks, and Shaynee keeps pointing out that she loves him and that they belong to each other… OKAY, maybe it has a little something to do with that, but that’s just because the story veered off from the main point of the story, which is about Shaynee trying to deal with her mother’s death. BUT! I don’t really hate the guy. He did, in fact, helped Shaynee realized what a heartless and soulless human being she is and how it’s affecting those people around her. The romance just really felt rushed to me. I did not buy any of it. I love them as individual characters. But together? Hmmm.
But this is my favorite part. Shaynee’s realization. Her determination to change! Or rather, to go back to her old self, to sing again! And even though I am not fan of the Romance, I love the guy for making Shaynee figure out her current state. Oh, and he’s really swoon worthy.
Heart shaped rock isn’t a light read. It’s the kind of story that will fool you into thinking that you’re going into a fluffy story but the truth is, you’ll get to read one of the most realistic portrayal of how does someone really deals with loss. With a set of real and vibrant characters, a touch of music and a brilliant writing, Heart Shaped Rock should be your next read. Laura Roppe is not an author to be missed.
Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 “uncharted” artists in the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon’s weekly podcast, “Kindle Love Stories,” for people who love hearing about love stories, romance, and happily ever afters. Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.
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