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The team behind The Nanny Diaries and Citizen Girl returns with another breezy chick lit portrayal of a woman wronged and, eventually, empowered. When Kate Hollis's childhood chum Laura calls from their Vermont hometown and announces the arrival of Jake Sharpe, a mega rock star and Kate's high school sweetheart, Kate jumps on a plane from Charleston, S.C. (where she's a sustainable development consultant) and makes for idyllic Croton Falls. Through it's been 13 years, Kate still has a primal need to confront not only the boy who abandoned her before the senior prom, but the musical pirate who used her personal life as fodder for his most celebrated songs and cheated his high school bandmates out of deserved recognition and royalties. Chapters switch back and forth between the present and the pivotal middle and high school years where Kate (then Katie) and Jake did the first-love thing: readers get to see Jake's growing he's-just-not-that-into-you-ness and how (surprise!) their Zima-fueled love (it was the '90s) was idealized. While one spends much of the book wanting to shout at Kate to give it up, go back to Charleston and get on with it, McLaughlin and Kraus do get the nagging need for closure in even the shallowest relationships comically right. (June)
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McLaughlin and Kraus, authors of the popular novel The Nanny Diaries(2002), venture back to the 1980s in their third novel. Kate Hollis fell in love with Jake Sharpe in grade school, dated him in high school, and at 30, has yet to get over him. How can she when Jake, now a rock star with several hit singles to his name, has spent the last 10 years singing about her and about their relationship? When Kate hears that Jake has returned to their hometown with his new fiancee in tow, she jumps on a plane, ready to confront him for exploiting their personal memories in his quest for superstardom. But when Kate sees him again, all her old feelings churn to the surface, and her resolve weakens further when she learns he feels the same. But just as the novel barrels toward what appears to be the most cliched of endings, the authors pull out a surprise and give the reader, and Kate, a completely unexpected and wholly satisfying conclusion. With the movie version of The Nanny Diaries due out this spring, expect considerable interest in the authors' latest outing. Kristine Huntley
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Usually, I love Kraus/McLaughlin and their work, but <i> Dedication </i> just missed the mark. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Christin M. Mulligan
Sorry, I couldn't follow this story... It hopped around too much. Perhaps the authors could segue or transition into a new scene. Won't read from them again.Published 22 months ago by gertie313
I managed to push myself to the end of this book, mostly because I was hoping that there would be something to redeem the main character there. Read morePublished 23 months ago by SaMills
I read this book in a few hours. It was cute and quick, but the flash backs could make it hard to follow at some points. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Carolyn Martino
Like many women out there, I jumped on The Nanny Diaries bandwagon early on. I was among the first to read the book. I jumped for joy when I heard it was going to be a movie. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Pamelicious
What if you never got over your first love? What if the fact that he became a famous rock star and wrote songs dedicated to that love tugs at that special place in your heart? Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Laurel-Rain Snow
Dedication is a fun, breezy, quick read written by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, whose previous works includes The Nanny Diaries and Citizen Girl. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Mom of two
I was looking for an easy read and this was great. I loved the story even though I kept having flashbacks of my teenaged years. Some memories really need to stay repressed. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Lisa Strain
The immaturity is astounding. The "80's" references are frequently inaccurate. The characters seem frozen in adolescence. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Reader