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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicola Kraus, Emma McLaughlin Narrator: Ashley West Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781423340270
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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 arrived.

On the eve of their prom, Jake Sharpe vanished, resurfacing when his song “Losing”—about his and Kate’s first sexual experience—shot to the top of the Billboard charts. And the hits kept coming, each more personal than the one before.

Now Kate gets her chance to confront Jake and reclaim her past. But after eleven years of enduring protracted and far-from-private heartbreak, everyone in Kate’s life has a stake in how this plays out. Kate must risk betraying the friends Jake abandoned, the band-mates whose songs he plundered, and her own parents, who fear this will dredge up a shared past more painful than any of them want to acknowledge. But after getting the call in the dead of night and jumping on a plane, can she turn back now?

Newsweek dubbed The Nanny Diaries “a national phenomenon” and the New Republic proclaimed, “Thank God for Citizen Girl.” Now McLaughlin and Kraus have written a poignant, humorous tale about modern celebrity obsession and coming of age during the divorce boom. With flawless depictions of the 1980s, a charismatic heroine, and their signature biting wit, the authors offer up another lively and hilarious tale of a smart young woman looking for satisfaction in the chaos of contemporary culture.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 2/9/2014

    " I stuck it out through the end, but I just couldn't respect the character. Dreadful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Moffitt | 1/26/2014

    " Okay, but like the Nanny Diaries, a bit unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annelies | 1/25/2014

    " Well, I have to say that I really liked this book. Maybe because I grew up in VT and that is where it is set, or maybe because I amcurrently obsessed with books taking place during highschool- you will have to read it and find out for yourself! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Khaya | 1/25/2014

    " This was bad, man. I thought the whole thing was so farfetched, and I just wanted all these people to get over freakin' high school! As a funny aside, Saadia said this book was a good argument in favor of homeschooling (lol, Miriam) because of these adults' ridiculous obsession with people and events from high school. Don't people move on? Weren't there any college sweethearts? Friends? Basically, the whole thing was just so unbelievable, the characterization and dialogue mediocre, etc. These chicks should have stopped after "The Nanny Diaries." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/25/2014

    " Following the plot through flashbacks definitely kept me turning pages, and kept me interested! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle Ramirez | 1/24/2014

    " I love how many times this book made me laugh out loud. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S. | 1/21/2014

    " Not a great book by any means...but it made me so nostalgic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/17/2014

    " Good read - didn't love it as much as Nanny Diaries, however they explore the whole "what if" of high school relationships-went-wrong.. I think anyone could relate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zhanna Ziering | 12/9/2013

    " Has the lightness and humor of Nanny's Diaries and the heaviness of social criticism of Citizen girl. Overall a good read and an accurate portrayal of blinding power of love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bin2 | 11/3/2013

    " so far....confusing!!!!!!!:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 9/13/2013

    " SO much fun and a fantastic ending I didn't see coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 6/25/2013

    " Funny, great characters, and (finally!) a good, realistic ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shea Sylvia | 6/19/2013

    " This book seems completely implausible, but I loved every indulgent second (and pop culture reference). It's ridiculous, but fun. A good weekend escape. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MsKim | 6/15/2013

    " don't remember when i read it, but remember it leaving a weird taste in my mouth. wasn't as awesome and nostalgic as i thought it was going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 2/4/2013

    " It is hard to effectively rate this book. It poses as chick-lit, but doesn't really fit the bill. All in all I enjoyed it. There is an entire chapter dedicated to UVA, which made me want to squeal in appreciation for my almer mater. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/5/2013

    " loved, Loved, LOVED this book! I liked it so much I'm listening to it on audio now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 11/4/2012

    " This is was a fun, quick read. I'm looking forward to seeing nanny diaries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 10/19/2012

    " This was the perfect plane book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regina | 7/9/2012

    " some fun pop-culture references for those of us that grew up in the 80's or 90's, but a disappointment after the nanny diaries; definitely not as heart-felt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brie Klein-fowler | 5/20/2012

    " The blurb intrigued me, but the story fell flat. Its hard when you can't relate to any of the characters "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/1/2012

    " I am definitely too old to appreciate this book--Katie wanted to make Jake regret his existence but I was the one who regretted picking up this book. The 80s references were understandable but Katie's inability to "get over it" was not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainsley | 10/12/2011

    " You know, I liked this book. I would've rated it a 3.5 if that were an option. It was a very nice, very quick beachy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 5/20/2011

    " Loved it but wasn't a fan of the ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/17/2011

    " This book struck a chord with me. It dragged out some old hurts and stuff that would be great it never reared their ugly head. So as a 26 year old woman, I relate with with still wanting to make someone pay way past the point of it being healthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 5/17/2011

    " Past and present well-woven, story came out bit by bit in interesting way. Totally related to the loss-of-what-you-thought-at-the-time-was-amazing-first-love-but-realize-later-it's-not-right-for-you-as-a grown-up theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/6/2011

    " Just okay. Not as good as The Nanny Diaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/25/2011

    " A story about friendship, love, and closure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/7/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 3/7/2011

    " I read this quite a while ago and remember that I totally hated the ending. The book was okay, but I wanted to rip it in half at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/14/2011

    " This was a quick read for me. The main character was very likable even though it was hard to get interested in some of the sub-plots of the book. Though not everyone will love the ending, I thought it was exactly what the book needed to keep things real. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mehreen | 12/13/2010

    " Predictable and kind of boring. I expected more from the Nanny Diaries people...although I did enjoy the cultural flashbacks to things when I was in elementary/high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/13/2010

    " I love how the author alternates the chapters between the present and Katie's highschool years. So far so good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 11/8/2010

    " surprisingly fun book to read. i've read two others by this author and this was a nice departure from the nanny books. the end seemed kinda rushed but predictable. still a fun read. "

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About the Author

Nicola Kraus graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She met Emma McLaughlin while both were attending New York University and working as nannies. She lived as a child at 1000 Park Avenue, whose residents she claims inspired some of the characters in her fiction.