Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Kate Hollis has just gotten the call she's been waiting for years to get. Her ex-boyfriend, Jake Sharpe, has just returned to their hometown. Yes, Jake Sharpe. The Jake Sharpe who's a mega-rockstar. The Jake Sharpe who was her high school boyfriend and who broke her heart when he disappeared on her right before prom night. The Jake Sharpe who has made fame and fortune detailing their sexual relationship and all of Kate's family issues in his songs. Now it's payback time.
McLaughlin and Kraus tell this story by alternating between the 18 year old Kate and the 30 year old one. Kate is now an accomplished professional, but still haunted by the betrayals Jake has done. She has maintained a close relationship with her best friend in high school, and comes home to confront Jake when her friend calls with the news that he has hit town. Even her parents worry about what the result of such a confrontation will be, but Kate is determined. She feels that she can't move on until this issue from her past is resolved.
Lovers of "chick lit" will love this book. It is written in a light and breezy style, with twists and turns in the plot. I think it would be incredibly difficult to write a book with someone, and I wondered if they had split the writing with one author doing the 18 year old Kate and the other the adult one. If they did, it wasn't possible to tell as the book flowed easily between the two eras. This book is recommended for readers looking for an enjoyable read and those interested in how women resolve life issues.