Heart Shaped Rock

Young Adult - Action
316 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2014
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Reviewed by Lisa Jones for Readers' Favorite

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppé is a coming of age, yet moving tale about a girl named Shaynee. She is sixteen and is still coping with the raw pangs of grief from losing her mom to cancer. Her dad and little brother have their own way of dealing with things, but in the end, only talking and acknowledging their loss as a family helps. Shaynee is lucky as her best friend Tiffany was there for her throughout it all. She manages to get Shaynee a job at a coffee house where she works and this is where she meets her soul-mate, Dean. Things are wonderful until one disastrous night; I suppose true love is never plain sailing. The story plays out a Romeo and Juliet theme - will they or won't they? There is humour, sorrow and happiness all rolled into one.

Laura Roppé has delivered a truly unmissable novel in Heart Shaped Rock. She told the story in a beautiful way that captured my heart from the beginning. I loved the way that the relationships between Shaynee, her dad and little brother Lennox played out. It was so touching and it did bring a tear to my eye, especially when their mom had planned for birthdays after her death. The character of Dean was so wonderful because of his endearing qualities. What I found amazing was that the author has also created unique songs for the book and I can't wait to download them. It gives the book a special touch which is unique. The author's story was incredible as she based some of this book on her own story. She is remarkable in every way! Coming through the difficult battle against cancer and being able to deliver this beautiful piece of literature. Everyone must read this book, it is amazing!!!!!

Faridah Nassozi

When Shaynee's mother lost her battle to cancer, Shaynee's life as she knew it came to an end; her world was shattered and she lost her will to live. She did not want to talk about the tragedy and having an overly emotional little brother did not help matters much. But then one day, while playing teenage pranks with her best friend, she met Dean, the most handsome boy she had ever seen. Her first date with Dean was the best night of her life and for a moment she felt that maybe her life had not ended when her mother died; she wanted to live again. However, her new-found happiness was short-lived when she discovered that Dean had betrayed her trust and once again her heart shattered into a million pieces. Eventually, she started to understand why Dean had done what he had done and, with the help of her best friend, together with her family's love and support, she starts working on a plan to get Dean back, hoping against hope and racing against time.

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppé is a deeply emotional story about a girl's struggle after losing her mother to cancer and dealing with usual teenage troubles, which is vividly brought to light by Laura Roppé's incredible writing talent. Laura Roppé has an amazing way with words and knows exactly how to build the right emotional tone to suit the mood of the story. Her ability to form a deep emotional connection between her characters and readers is simply amazing, and for that reason, you are going to need lots of tissue for this one. Heart Shaped Rock is the type of story that makes you laugh with tears in your eyes. It is an incredible story with a credible plot, relatable characters and flawless writing. Fans of the YA romance genre will definitely have an amazing reading experience.

Mamta Madhavan

Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppé is the story of Shaynee Sullivan. After her mother's loss, Shaynee hasn't been in a mood to play her guitar. But she slowly begins to pick up the pieces of her life when she meets rocker Dean. The novel captures the voice of an emotional sixteen-year-old who is trapped in grief and sadness after her mother's death. The story has a lot of joy and tears, and the original music of Heart Shaped Rock can be heard and downloaded from the author's website. This story of first love, loss and grief will move readers and bring out a lot of heartfelt emotions in them.

It is a story that will appeal to teenagers as it covers the topic of first love. The author has woven in other interests such as music, giving another dimension to the plot. Shaynee's character has been portrayed well and readers will like and sympathize with her. Her raw vulnerability and passion for music is the highlight of the story. All the other characters support the plot very well and Dean as the rocker and Shaynee's first love brings in the passion. The story, set against the backdrop of music and songs, is full of emotional upheavals, laughter and tears.

The lyrics of the title song 'Heart Shaped Rock' will leave a lump in readers' throats. The author's love for music and writing lyrics is evident from the songs and the theme of the story.