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Dedication by Emma McLaughlin
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Mar 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: borrowed
Read in March, 2009

What does it take to make one's ex regret his entire existance?

McLaughin and Kraus explore that mission in detail here, but this book is less about revenge than understanding the complex history that has formed the present moment.

Kate Hollis has had to live with Jake's songs for years--they're number one hits, and they're all about her and their high school romance. Instead of being flattered, Kate is mortified and has even moved several states away rather than be in the same town with her high school classmates. But Jake has returned to their hometown for an MTV special . . . and Kate has her chance to make him feel regret.

This is a lovely novel, one I thoroughly enjoyed. The chapters alternate between 2005 and her adolescence. As readers, we see the slow courtship and chances that bring Jake and Kate together in the first place, and we see the chain of hurt he leaves in his wake.

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