Rating: 4 stars
What if your ex was famous and adored by millions? What would you do if you had one chance to make him regret his entire existence? How much would you risk?
Kate Hollis’s ex-boyfriend’s face plasters newsstands and TV, the Internet, and the multiplex. Jake Sharpe is one of the biggest recording stars on the planet, and every song he’s famous for is about Kate. For over a decade his soundtrack has chased her — from the gym to the supermarket, from the dentist’s office to the bars. Now thirty-year-old Kate gets the call that Jake has finally landed back in their Vermont hometown for an MTV special. The moment she has been waiting for has arrived.
On the eve of their prom, Jake Sharpe vanished, resurfacing when his song “Losing” — about his and Kate’s first sexual experience — shot to the top of the Billboard charts. And the hits kept coming, each more personal than the one before.
Now Kate gets her chance to confront Jake and reclaim her past. But after eleven years of enduring protracted and far-from-private heartbreak, everyone in Kate’s life has a stake in how this plays out. Kate must risk betraying the friends Jake abandoned, the bandmates whose songs he plundered, and her own parents, who fear this will dredge up a shared past more painful than any of them want to acknowledge. But after getting the call in the dead of night and jumping on a plane, can she turn back now?
Newsweek dubbed The Nanny Diaries “a national phenomenon” and the New Republic proclaimed, “Thank God for Citizen Girl.” Now McLaughlin and Kraus have written a poignant, humorous tale about modern celebrity obsession and coming of age during the divorce boom. With flawless depictions of the 1980s, a charismatic heroine, and their signature biting wit, the authors offer up another lively and hilarious tale of a smart young woman looking for satisfaction in the chaos of contemporary culture.
Dedication is another stellar read by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus! This fabulous duo have written another book that will intrigue readers.
The first few pages I didn’t feel the vibe, but once I got a few chapters in there was no putting Dedication down! I loved the whole idea of the plot – the ex-girlfriend getting revenge on her boyfriend who left her to make it big in the rock world.
Dedication is split in 2 parts – you have one chapter from the “today” Kate and then one chapter that is from Kate’s past. The entire book goes on like this, alternating views. I loved it! As you read each little past section, you get more incite into the story. It was fun, as you kind of put pieces together as you went, learning more about each character.
Dedication is very well written. I loved how even in the more serious scenes, McLaughlin and Kraus kept the air about the book lighter.
I really enjoyed the chracters for the most part. Kate was a fun character, who was going to get even. Laura was a total crack up. She made me laugh so many times! I absolutely loved her. Nick was kind of a jerk, yet still had a charming air about him.
My only complaint was how at a few points, I had to make sure I was still in the “present” story, as it seemed as the actions of several characters were those were more of what I would expect out of a high schooler or middle schooler.
Overall, this another fabulous read by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Fans of their Nanny Diaries will definately enjoy this one. I would definately recommend reading it!