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Dedication by Emma McLaughlin
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Oct 15, 07

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: people looking to relive a high school love?
Read in October, 2007

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 has to have an investment in the protagonist *without* a romantic lead. The success of 'Nanny Diaries' hinged on an eminently likable (if beseiged) nanny; the protagonist of 'Dedication' is, at age 30, more or less as obsessed and irrational as she was at 13. Additionally, the whole book revolves around her studies obsession of a former high school flame that garners pretty much zero interest or empathy.
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