Tuesday, February 05, 2008


by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

I just needed something to do while having my hair treated at the salon and so I bought this book on a whim. The cover gave the impression that it's a light read and it was.

In a nutshell, it tells of a girl who fell in love in highschool. The man of her dreams left her without any explanation on prom night and went on to become a super popular rockstar. All the songs this guy wrote were about her - their experiences together, her mother... One day, the guy went back to their hometown to shoot a special segment for MTV and the woman scorned took this as an opportunity to make him regret his existence, and to achieve some kind of closure for herself as well.

It's a bit something like "if you had a second chance with the one that got away," only the ending of this novel seemed more realistic than the usual happily ever after conclusions. And while the plot was interesting, the mode of storytelling was a bit lackluster and after a while, I got tired of their issues and wished they'd just drop it already. I still read through it (without cheating) just to see if it turns out the way I thought it would. It's nothing like The Nanny Diaries by the same authors. The chapters alternated between timelines from way back when they were in highschool to the present (in their 30s) and it really got me wondering if the characters ever matured at all.