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Dedication Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 5, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
All of the characters have unresolved issues they need to deal with and the authors handle them all brilliantly. The book bounces back and forth between the teenage years and the current day.
This book is filled with emotion and will leave you wondering what type of ending you are rooting for. An excellent read.
At first I wasn't too sure if I liked the alternating chapters, where one chapter is set in modern-day, and the next chapter is set in the past. However, as the novel progresses, and Katie and Jake's modern-day relationship crescendos, and we get to see the growing strength of the relationship of their youth, it somehow just feels right that the book is laid out the way it is.
I found myself being just as exasperated and in love with Jake as Katie was, and I was moved by the growth in the adult Katie as she dealt with Jake and her family and friends and life. The early encounters of Jake and Katie, filled with the awkwardness, excitement, and all-encompassing obsession of first love, are written so beautifully and so truthfully, I just could not put the book down.
The issues that Katie deals with regarding her friends and family only make the novel that much richer for me, as it creates even more depth in her character, and maturity in the novel. Katie deals with life, love, and family in a funny, logical way, that I really identified with.
There were a few typos, and several awkwardly-worded phrases that had me scratching my head, but overall, the novel was superb. By far, "Dedication" is McLaughlin and Kraus' best novel to date, and has earned a permanent place on my bookcase!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on October 12, 2013 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 on October 6, 2013 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