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Dedication by Emma McLaughlin


by Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

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Not a classic by any means, but a quick fun read nonetheless. ( )
  justacatandabook | Mar 9, 2016 |
The reviews for this book weren't great, but I was looking for a good summer book to read by the pool and thought this would fit the bill. Glad I chose it! Clever premise developed in a unique way with characters I enjoyed getting to know. Really enjoyed it. ( )
  reckshow | Jan 21, 2014 |
Uncompelling and even tiresome at times. Most of the characters were shallow and very little was explained to satisfaction other than the main character's neurosis and anxiety. Easy read for an airplane trip, though. ( )
  rainbowdarling | Jul 24, 2012 |
Revenge, Forgiveness, or Closure?: If someone you loved had wronged you so intensely that it changed the course of your life, would you seek revenge? Or forgiveness? Or just closure? This is the central theme of writing duo Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus's excellent new novel, Dedication. The pair spin an entirely believable tale about spurned love and anger that burns unabated for thirteen years, and they bring it full circle with an excellent ending.

Katie Hollis first falls "in love" with Jake Sharpe in sixth grade, and their relationship is a series of ups and downs over the course of their school years. Told in chapters that alternate between 2005 and those growing up years, we follow the development of the characters as Jake begins to realize his love of music and Katie's family life falls apart. Then the unthinkable happens: Jake hits the big time, and he leaves Katie and his friends behind, not even recognizing his fellow band mates' contributions on his first hit single and thus denying them any of the significant royalties. When Jake finally returns to his hometown 13 years on, Katie is alerted and, in true hell hath no fury form, she finds herself ready to confront him and "make him regret his entire existence"...or does she? Can she actually let the past go in order to form a future?

This is a page-turner of a novel, with lots of little 80s details thrown in and an enduring love story as the backbone. It will make you question what you would do if facing the same obsession; would you be the bigger person or would you fight back for the life taken from you? And is it all worth it? Definitely a good summer read, and a heart-wrenching one at that. Recommended.
  lonepalm | Dec 8, 2011 |
Dedication is a very quick and entertaining read. Kate Hollis is trying to live her own life, but is held back by the fact that her ex boyfriend (now a super famous rock star) keeps the hits coming that happen to display her own personal life. Imagine the embarrassment she feels every time she's on a date and a song about her very first intimate experience comes on the radio! For 13 years, she has waited for this rockstar to come back to his hometown so she can make him 'regret his entire existence.'

Every other chapter, McLaughlin's style is to switch to the past so the reader can catch up on Kate's life and see why she is so hell bent and determined to make her ex regret his existence. This is most definitely a chick book, but as far as entertaining novels go, I highly recommend this one. ( )
  Anneliesa | Mar 3, 2011 |
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Kraus, Nicolamain authorall editionsconfirmed
West, AshleyReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bakhuizen, Nellysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prytz, HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:32 -0400)

Thirteen years after the love of her life abruptly leaves town hours before the senior prom only to become the worlds biggest recording star, twenty-nine-year-old Kate Hollis decides to resolve her lingering resentments by confronting him during a home visit. By the authors of The Nanny Diaries. 150,000 first printing.… (more)

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