Review: Dedication by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Published June 17th 2008
Kate Hollis, Jake Sharpe, Laura


Details from Goodreads:
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.


This book really intrigued me from first time i saw it and the plot really sounds great and a fun light read.
but there's a part of me says that its a not a great book at the same time it is.
I have a lot of things that i don't want about this book. . First is that its a slow pace and I didn't feel myself sinking in the book which I mostly felt toward them.
Second is the characters, almost all of them -from the main characters to their friends- seemed like they were stuck at age 13 and couldn't move beyond their immaturity. and Last is the extreme wrap up of happenings. There are a lot to be said that the authors just fast pace them so the story seemed abrupt and undeveloped. (Its like one minute their talking in beach and the second their in bed!) what?

Anyway, despite all of that it is also a good book. 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. which i find interesting but kind of annoying! As you read each little past section, you get a little more incite into the story. It was sort of fun, as you put pieces together as you went, learning more about each character.

Overall, its nice! Even if i really don't want this book, I'm extremely want to keep going and find out what happens next. (don't ask me why coz that the effect of the book to me) And there are funny flashbacks from their past to adolescence but the best part is the ending. So I will give this 3 instead of 2.

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