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3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  4,686 Ratings  ·  572 Reviews
From the runaway bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries and Citizen Girl comes the story of Kate Hollis, a woman who finds herself at the threshold of full adulthood, only to discover that the only way to 30 is through 17.
Hardcover, Large Print, 455 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press (first published 2007)
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Kwesi 章英狮
There are two ways to appreciate this book, either by giving 2 stars or 4 stars. 2 stars because the protagonist of the story acts like 13 year old girl than 30. Well, that made the story interesting and it changed in the end. She grow and so do her love to somebody else, if you believe to things that aren't we used to be we can get it like a falling star waiting to be catch by the dreamer. 4 stars because I can't stop from reading the book, it was simple but the concept was far different to oth ...more
Sep 13, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Jul 02, 2007 Amy Formanski Duffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
I wish I could say I liked this one as well as the other books by these authors. It was cute, I guess. The story alternates between 2005, when the main character is confronting her ex-boyfriend in their hometown, and flashbacks to their high school years. Her ex became a famous musician and his most famous song is about losing his virginity to the main character. There are about ten zillion pop culture references to the early 90s, some of which are funny, but others just feel like they're trying ...more
Apr 10, 2008 Cristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not even fit for an MTV/Lifetime movie. It was juvenile, implausible, and absurd. At NO time during the book did I ever believe that a woman of 30 years old would still pine for and be deeply affected by the boy she dated for a few months in high school, whether he’s famous or not. Maybe if they dated for an extremely long time, had an long passionate affair with each other subsequent to the high school break-up, etc., I could believe it a bit more but not the way the story present ...more
Oct 15, 2007 Lina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking to relive a high school love?
Shelves: fiction
This comes from the same authors who produced 'The Nanny Diaries,' and I was really hoping that this book would capture the same light, witty charm the earlier book did. Unfortunately, the excessive teenage angst-iness and the awkward flashbacks make this read feel like you're being held hostage at a girls sleeopver that's 250 pages too long.

I've read great books that revolve around romantic relationships and their ensuing demise or success, but in my view, in order to be a good read, the reader
Mar 03, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Loved this book. Loved it. As a child of the late 80s/early 90s, the details (Salon Selectives, anyone?) made this book completely believable to me. I was expecting this to be just plain old pleasurable chick lit, but Katie, the heroine, is so likable. I almost had to blink tears away during the very last page - the last flashback. Such a good story. I liked it even better than The Nanny Diaries, and I wasn't expecting to.
This is a ZERO star book - awful. Self-centered rock star comes back to his roots where jilted ex-girlfriend who swore vengeance years earlier "confronts" him. Despite advanced degrees, great job, and good friends, Kate is stupid, Jake is worse and there is NO redeeming value to this book! Language, sex, alcohol.
Jan 19, 2011 Jasmine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-read
This is just one of those books that's a quick read. The F bomb is dropped more than several times, there are quite a few crude moments, and to be honest when I was finishing up the last hundred pages or so, I couldn't wait to be done with it. It was enough to keep me distracted for 3 hours tops, but I won't find myself pondering the meaning of life over this book anytime soon. The 30 year old main character, Katie, acts more like a 13 year old with hormone issues; her "I love him now, no I don' ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I admit it took some time to get into, but once you get passed the first few chapters, it starts to pick up speed. I really enjoyed the 80's and 90's references throughout the book as well since I was also in school at that time.

Katie/Kate had a crush on Jake since the 6th grade. They finally become a couple in high school - each other's first true loves. I think most women can relate that their first true love (especially if it was in high school) holds a special plac
Mar 05, 2009 Sheela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I don't know why I continue to read their books (so far, I've only liked Nanny Diaries). This one is about a girl whose high school sweetheart turns into a major rock star and returns to her hometown to try to rekindle their romance - can we say cliche?! I hate the authors' style of writing - It's so confusing and I had to read and re-read several sentences, which is a waste of time for a book that's meant to be a fast read. I think they're trying to make the conversations between the characters ...more
Katelyn Amos
Dec 04, 2012 Katelyn Amos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't unheard of to be hung up on your first love, nor to want revenge on somebody who wronged you. But come on. This book is about Kate Hollis dropping everything in her life, a decade after her high school boyfriend Jake left her to become a famous rock star, to return to her hometown to confront Jake on what he did to her and her friends. I read this book thinking it would be a cute revenge/chick-lit book where Kate comes out on top, but instead it's about her letting Jake walk all over he ...more
Jun 17, 2007 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: chicklit
I saw the book in the bookstore...and of course I had to read the jacket cover, and now am counting down the days until I get it and bring it to its new home :) I'm such a bookjacket whore, I get sucked in by a well written synopsis. Imagine my delight when the little teaser lives up to its name. I'm hoping this will be one of those times.

Currently loving this book. The characters, the story...I've become invested in the ending, and am really hoping it doesn't disappoint. I started reading this
Apr 15, 2011 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a clearance book at Books a Million. I'd had it sitting on the shelf for over a year, and almost got rid of it without reading it, but then I noticed it was written by the same authors who wrote "The Nanny Diaries", and I decided to give it a try. Verdict? I'd probably be upset if I'd paid full price for this book. It was okay, but just okay. There were times I found myself wanting to hit the narrator-- her high school boyfriend has become a big rock star, by writing songs about he ...more
Sep 24, 2007 nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: straphangers
Shelves: fiction
The third book from the authors of 'The Nanny Diaries' does not hold up to the high standards set by their first book.

The book jacket reads great: a girl returns to her hometown to make her high school sweetheart (who's now famous) regret capitalizing on their intimate relationship through his chart-topping songs. However, the back story is told in a series of flashbacks that try too hard to be shocking (e.g. backstabbing, infidelity, mental illness).

It's easy to finish the book because you want
Sep 30, 2007 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think i forgot to add this one - not a very good sign, but it was about four books ago so i think that is why - anyway, very much a 3 star-er - the nanny diaries ple, so there is a lot of witty stuff in here, tho at times she was annoying in a jodi picoult sort of way; everyone has the same sense of humor, everyone magically has these pithy lines at the close of each chapter - but it was light with enough momentum to keep me interested, and the ending, which was really what earned it three sta ...more
Mar 07, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
New plan: cranium candy + cardio = sleek Sarah. Nothing can go wrong.

Update: did not do a lick of movement while reading this.

I'm a little ashamed of liking this book. I'm skeptical of the joint writing process, the plot was about as implausible as they come, and it was nostalgia-heavy to the point of needing a forklift. However, the girl opts out of the guy at the end, which in itself is worth noting, and perhaps respecting, chick-lit-wise, and withing the characters' world that seems like a p
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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 arri
Darshan Elena
May 07, 2008 Darshan Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs with nothing to lose... or gain... in the twilight.
I've come to realize that I need novels of nothingness, not just novels of note, to get through the hard times. Simple in structure and mundane in plot, this book was an insomniac's obsession for two days. Perfect for start-of-new-quarter reading; doesn't tax the brain... but it didn't do much else either. As I think more about it, I am aghast at my reading selections. Ah, well, it can't all be Kushiel. Teasing. It can't all be Krauss, Troung, and Chabon.
Apr 21, 2014 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had some MAJOR issues. Two of which were pretty gross editing issues (Charleston is in SOUTH Carolina, not North Carolina; and the word finger should all be on one line, not split up as f
The other issues were in the story telling. I tend to agree with a couple of other reviewers who said that the main character acts like a 13-year-old throughout the entire book. Most of the characters were pretty flat, and the story itself took forever to take shape for me because of the back an
Mar 20, 2009 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Maybe it's just because the main character in this book was in high school/college at the same time that I was, but this book really struck a chord with me. I literally could not stop reading it. I loved all of the 80s & 90s references--the music, the hair, the clothes, etc.--some of which were obscure and that I had long forgotten (or blocked from my memory).
Jul 22, 2013 Ginny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-give-up
Read the first couple of chapters and could not go further. I appreciate all the early 90's references and everything, but it's just....ugh. I understand holding a grudge and all but good lord! move on! Life is too short to read books that you're not really enjoying, so on to the next one.
Sarah Hammett
This book was okay. It was a quick read, and the writing was very descriptive. You could picture everything perfectly. And I really liked the dialogue, it felt real and there weren't any wasted conversations, everything played to the story or added to the characters' dimensions. My complaint would be that it was predictable, and also there wasn't really a pay off. Things played out like you would assume they would, and to me a different ending would have felt more true. I mean, from the second c ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not their best, but I did enjoy it. Imagine if your high school boyfriend grew up to be a famous musician and all his songs are about your time with him. THAT is what this book is about and it was fascinating.
Jul 23, 2008 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff
Better than Citizen Girl but perhaps not as good as the Nanny Diaries. I really liked the premise of the story and the back and forth storytelling between the present and past. Good beach read.
Dec 09, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Three stars is generous and is only being given because I don't have the ability to give 2.5 stars. I believe this was an abridgment, but nowhere on the disc did it say so. Yet it was only 5 discs long and there were some choppy transitions. All of that being said, I'm not certain the full copy would have made a difference.

The story is entertaining enough but it takes quite a leap of imagination to believe an intelligent, professional young woman would pine for the rock star in the making who ev
Susan Bazzett-griffith
Nothing deep about this book, but it is escapist fun. Dedication is the story of a woman whose high school romance with a boy who later becomes a world famous rock star haunts her throughout her twenties and into her thirties. Her ex used her life and their relationship for material for pretty much all of his music, so though it seems a bit pathetic for her to be so attached to the past, it is understandable that whenever the radio is on, she is stuck reliving it. That said, the high school roma ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Blodeuedd Finland

After hearing from her best friend back home, Kate jumps on a plane and heads back to her where she grew up. The reason is her long lost boyfriend, Jake Sharpe, one of the music industries most bright stars.

Eleven years ago, before prom, he disappeared without a trace or sound. What she was left with was songs on the radio, and all about her. Now he has returned to Vermont, with her celebrity girlfriend, and she has the chance to once and for all confront him on
The Carrion Librarian
I actually didn't read this whole book. I did read about 2/3 of it though. About half way through I skipped to the end and read the ending. I then plowed through a little more of the book before it slowed down again and became too boring to continue. The problem with the book is the whole thing is built around the main characters confrontation with her deplorable ex-boyfriend. The present's lead up to her confrontation is interspersed with basically long flashbacks of the build up of their rela ...more
I liked this book only moderately. I'd give it a C overall. I really liked the younger Katie character but I kind of had no respect for the older Kate she grows into. Katie was witty and slightly snarky which is what I loved about the Nanny Diaries. Older Katie was just kind of sad and pathetic. I also liked their perspective of outsider observing privelage better in Nanny Diaries than I did here - it seemed more... genuine... though jake's handler is awesome.

The switching back and forth in time
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