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October 14, 2008

What if your ex was adored by millions and you had only
one chance to
make him regret his entire exsitence?

DedicationI really enjoyed The Nanny Diaries when I read it a few years back (and even found the movie to be quite good), so when a publisher contacted me about reviewing the book Dedication, also written by the team of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, I was more than happy to accept.

After moving to Croton Falls Vermont as a sixth grader, Kate Hollis meets Jake Sharpe, a kid from a troubled home with a talent for music. Happy to have found a new best friend Laura, Kate begins to settle down in her new home and finds herself attracted to Jake. Jake doesn’t seem to take too much notice of Kate until they hit high school and begin a relationship which becomes rather intense pretty quickly. Kate herself comes from a family with it’s own issues, and the two find solace in each other. Then, one day, with hardly a word to Kate, his bandmates and high school buddies, Jake leaves in pursuit of a singing career.

Jumping twenty years in the future, Jake is now an international rock star, newly engaged to Eden, another rock singer. But his friends from back home aren’t all that enamored with Jake’s fame and fortune since he abandoned them all those years before. His best friend and band mate from high school, Sam (who happens to be married now to Laura) is suing Jake’s label for rights to one of his hit songs, which he co-wrote with Jake.

Kate, now in her thirties, is now a sustainable development consultant with her own life, but is constantly haunted by memories of Jake , since it seems each and every one of his number one hits is like a rerun of the love (and sexual encounters) they shared.

When Jake decides to host an MTV Christmas special in his hometown, Kate hops a flight from the south to give Jake a piece of her mind. A plan that her and Laura put together years ago, Kate’s objective is the make him regret his entire existence, although that might be harder than it appears since old feelings of the heart are sometimes hard to shake. Most importantly, Kate learns what it’s like to finally make peace with her past.

Dedication flip flops from Kate’s years in middle and high school and Christmas 2005 when Kate approaches Jake. I grew up in the 80’s (early 90’s) and loved the sections of Kate and her school buddies during that time period. I smiled many times at the mention of Sixteen Candles, The Smurfs, banana clips, Def Leppard and Zima (remember Zima?) and grew nostalgic at all of the 80’s references. The depiction of young adulthood was dead on, with issues such as experimenting with alcohol, school cliques, family troubles and sexual situations.

I also enjoyed the part of the book which takes place in 2005 and was happy that Kate actually had a back-bone, something in which during the last half of the book I was afraid she had lost. In the end, it was a fun book to read and I will definitely be recommending it to my fellow book club members.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2008 12:12 pm

    Great review. I loved the 80’s too. This book sounds like a walk down memory lane.

  2. October 14, 2008 5:40 pm

    I remember seeing this title on LTER. Good review. Sounds like a book my daughter would like (and maybe I would, as well).

  3. October 15, 2008 7:31 am

    This sounds like a fun book.

  4. October 15, 2008 10:27 pm

    I enjoyed this one. It must have just been released in paperback — I’m pretty sure I reviewed it toward the end of last year.

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