Dedication by Emma Mclaughlin

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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.
 

About Emma Mclaughlin

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Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of The Nanny Diaries, which was made into a major motion picture, and three New York Times bestselling novels: Dedication, Citizen Girl, and Nanny Returns. They live in New York City.
 
Published June 5, 2007 by Atria Books. 292 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Examiner

All of this, from the useful – can openers – to the vital – pill bottles – to the frivolous – ugly wooden fruit from Guatemala – will lose its context, most of it transformed into rubbish at the moment they stop living – and I suddenly want them home with a childlike urgency.

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USA Today

All sorts of topics are attempted: cliques, young love, Dad's depression, Mom's adultery, Jake's far more hideous and damaging parents.

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