Author: Katie Heaney
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: March 1, 2016
No. of Pages: Paperback, 320 pages
Synopsis and Review:
Katie Heaney is back again with another book, this time a fiction novel instead of a memoir. Her last book, Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, is a funny and relatable book for anyone who has yet to find love.
This time, Dear Emma follows college student Harriet, author of pseudonymous advice column “Dear Emma” as she realizes she has a hard time following her own advice after being ghosted by a guy she is seeing. And when the guy’s new girl Remy writes to the column asking for advice, she finds herself doubting her authority to give advices.
While the plot of being ignored by a guy is common enough, I really appreciated how detailedly and accurately the author depicts the thoughts and feelings of Harriet. From being confused and hurt to avoiding the guy in person even if you were the one being ghosted, Dear Emma covers all the emotional stages so precisely that I found myself bookmarking and highlighting so many paragraphs.
The writing style of Katie Heaney is also very enjoyable and it suits the tone of the book perfectly. As this novel talks about teenagers in the modern era, it is obvious that there are quite a lot of text messages in the novel. Perhaps Katie Heaney’s experience as a BuzzFeed editor equips her with knowledge about how people actually talks on social media. As a result, the text messages are so authentic and genuine unlike some cringe-worthy ones that I have read in other books.
Moreover, the advice that Harriet gave in her column are actually solid enough to be taken seriously in real life. She covered a lot of problems that a college student might face in these four years. Being a college sophomore myself, I found myself agreeing with many things that happened in the book.
Dear Emma is perfect for all the young ladies who are in college or who have graduated but are missing those days. It is so much more than just a romance novel – friendships, college life and adulthood are all addressed here.
Disclaimer: Review copy provided by Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for honest review. All opinions are my own.