Kara begins her journey as a youthful innocent woman who marries the town bad boy against her parent’s wishes. A James Dean rebel clone…”THAT GUY”. You know the type because we have all had one of those in our past. Am I right? Though her bad choices bring her face-to-face with the dark side of human nature, Kara’s heartfelt desire to find a pure and everlasting love give her the courage to take chances.
This is the story of Kara and her quest to find her voice, freedom from her past and her own identity. She is a strong spirited female with a snarky attitude and an often-colorful viewpoint on life. Kara is no Barbie doll (either in build or temperament) and thus, her tale will relate to many female readers.
‘Take a Piece of My Heart’ is Kara’s journey of love, friendships, romance, lust and loss. She learns slowly that mistrust, love and hatred of some people may require a second chance.
This book will have you laughing out loud one moment and reaching for the tissue box soon after. It is an emotional read which will grab your heart from the first page and not release it until the final page.
I have mixed feelings on this book. Don't get me wrong, it was funny at some parts, and at other times I wholeheartedly sympathized with Kara, but something nags at me from a little before the halfway point in this book.
This most likely is because I'm biased because of my heritage, but I dislike it when I come across racial stereotypes or when I read something that comes off as derogatory when talking about different ethnic groups. I just want to say that it probably wasn't intentional, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. And that's all I will say on that matter.
As for the rest of the book, I enjoyed reading about Kara's experience with internet dating and the ups and downs of her relationships. However, at the beginning of this book, dialogue was almost non-existent. I like it when I read dialogue between characters and descriptions of what they do and how they interact with each other. It was a while before anything like that happened, and the beginning of the book is mostly narrative. The book does get better afterward, but descriptive words would have made many scenes pop out and make an impact on the reader. I felt I was being told instead of actually feeling like I was there.
Kara manages to escape her horrible situation and marriage fairly unscathed, and didn't act how I thought she would; she didn't really display behaviors that I have come to associate with victims of abuse. However, I have never been in that kind of situation, so this is only my opinion.
If there had been a bit more description and dialogue in the beginning, this could have been a 4 Platypire book. I have no doubt that the author can improve and will be on the lookout for more of her work to see her progress.
I give Take a Piece of My Heart 3.5 Platypires.