Dear Emma by Katie HeaneyDear Emma by Katie Heaney

Dear Emma

byKatie Heaney

Paperback | June 5, 2018

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Harriet, the author of her college newspaper's pseudonymous student advice column "Dear Emma," is great at telling others what to do, dispensing wisdom for the lovelorn and lonely on her Midwestern campus. Somehow, though, she can't take her own advice, especially after Keith, the guy she's dating, blows her off completely. When Harriet discovers that Keith has started seeing the beautiful and intimidating Remy, she wants to hate her. But she can't help warming to Remy, who soon writes to "Dear Emma" asking for romantic advice.

Now Harriet has the perfect opportunity to take revenge on the person who broke her heart. But as she begins to doubt her own motivations and presumably faultless guidance, she's forced to question how much she really knows about love, friendship and well-meaning advice.

Katie Heaneyis a senior editor at BuzzFeed whose writing has appeared inCosmopolitan, Vulture, The Hairpin, The Awl, and Pacific Standard, among other places. She is the author of a memoir,Never Have I Ever,and the novel,Dear Emma. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Title:Dear EmmaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1455534609

ISBN - 13:9781455534609

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok I took this book on vacation with me - and it is an easy read. I enjoyed the advice column aspect, as well as the relevant topic of what it feels like to be "ghosted" by someone you like. It tended to drag a little for me, but overall, it was an ok read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I tried to like it. Usually I find the good in most books I read, I never like not liking a book. This one though is a different story. The concept was interesting and I did like that part. However, it lacked the follow through needed for me to really enjoy it. I found it to be a bit juvenile as the concept would have made more sense if there had actually been a solid relationship formed in the first place. At that point I would have justified her actions.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very relate-able story! This is a story about a young girl who is going through some difficult situations regarding school, friendship and especially boys, well, one boy in particular named Keith. She finds herself falling for Keith and he seems to be really interested in her as well. However, Randomly, he shuts her out and pretty much disappears from her life without giving her any explanations as to why, not even returning her calls or texts. She finds it very strange and she is having a hard time dealing with what has happened. It is a very relatable topic because everybody has been through some sort of difficult break-up or had to overcome some relationship dilemmas and this just reinforces that no, it is not about you as a person that the relationship hasn't worked out. It happens to a lot of people and this book sort of reminds you that it is going to be okay in the end no matter what happens. The main characters are also very relatable, I feel like I could have been friends with them if they were actually real people. It is a very well written story and you want to keep on reading because you will get very interested in what the characters do and how they respond to the scenarios that they are in. I especially found myself resonating with what the author wrote near the end of the novel, she stated something along the lines of how It wasn't dramatic to want an explanation for something that bothers you. That is a very true statement and it took me reading this book to realize that. So it's needless to say that I definitely recommend reading this novel!
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Would recommend reading! This is a story about a young girl who is going through some difficult situations regarding school, friendship and especially boys, well, one boy in particular named Keith. She finds herself falling for Keith and he seems to be really interested in her as well. However, Randomly, he shuts her out and pretty much disappears from her life without giving her any explanations as to why, not even returning her calls or texts. She finds it very strange and she is having a hard time dealing with what has happened. It is a very relatable topic because everybody has been through some sort of difficult break-up or had to overcome some relationship dilemmas and this just reinforces that no, it is not about you as a person that the relationship hasn't worked out. It happens to a lot of people and this book sort of reminds you that it is going to be okay in the end no matter what happens. The main characters are also very relatable, I feel like I could have been friends with them if they were actually real people. It is a very well written story and you want to keep on reading because you will get very interested in what the characters do and how they respond to the scenarios that they are in. I especially found myself resonating with what the author wrote near the end of the novel, she stated something along the lines of how It wasn't dramatic to want an explanation for something that bothers you. That is a very true statement and it took me reading this book to realize that. So it's needless to say that I definitely recommend reading this novel!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tried to like it, but... This book had potential, and I had been looking forward to reading it...While overall it was not a bad read, I found the main character just a little too hard to relate to.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from college, friends, and boys in the age of social media This was a great vacation read. The characters were relatable and the plot moved along well. I felt angsty for the main character as she experienced the all-too-real ghosting of her beau and the subsequent confusion. I really enjoyed it but was also glad when I finished it so I could go back to life without all the complications and feelings induced by romance in the age of social media.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relationships in Social Media Have you ever been surrounded by exuberant teenagers talking all at once? When you’re trying to hold on to your sanity and rather, futilely keep track of the conversation at the same time? That’s how I felt while I was reading this book. Don’t get me wrong this was funny and entertaining. But at times, I wanted to tell everyone to shut the hell up (the characters, I mean) so I can figure out what the hell was going on. There’s an almost manic quality to the writing that reminds of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore’s notorious dialogues. That’s either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how much of a fan you are/were. But no matter how good The Gilmore Girls was, I could only watch it in little doses before I run screaming to the hills. ABOUT THE STORY Dear Emma follows the story of Harriet, an advice columnist who found herself possibly needing a dose of her own medicine after being unofficially, unceremoniously dumped. It seems shady that Keith would simply fade out of her life hoping that she wouldn’t notice the underhanded way he was shafting her. But when his new girlfriend wrote a Dear Emma letter, Harriet saw an opportunity to avenge her hurt pride. However, the more she gets to know Remy (who happens to work at the library with her), the more she realizes that she might just be a hack when it comes to love and friendships in general. LOVE IN THE ERA OF SOCIAL MEDIA This book tackles the dynamics of relationships in the era of social media and modern technology. From the nuances of texting etiquettes to our online stalking tendencies, Dear Emma shows us how relationships work/break through our interactions in the modern world. But the general lesson I can take away from this book, is that boys are stupid. I can’t tell you how often I said that while I was reading. After the hundredth time, my husband finally took offense and mumbled, “Not all of us are.” To which I conceded, okay fine. Not all the time then, under my breath. And these guys are supposed to be college students. When do boys actually grow up? The answer scares me, to be honest. AUTHENTIC DIALOGUES CAN BE TIRING One of the things that drove me crazy is the authenticity of the dialogues. In some instances, this would’ve been fully appreciated. But halfway through the novel and after all the shouty-caps and gratuitous exclamations points, I got tired. I kid you not, I was exhausted. There is nothing more tiring than keeping the fervent enthusiasm of the dialogues in your head. Not even my teen can be this exuberant. Though, I should mention that Dear Emma has its moments as well. Not everything is fun and boy-bashing games (though those were fun, too). Regardless of that hiccup, I think that this is one smart, funny chick-lit. Expect to find positive dynamics between women that shows friendship, camaraderie, and empowerment. Katie is a BuzzFeed editor, so you know you’re going to be on the up and up with the millennials.
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute read! This was soooooooooooooo cuuuuutttttteeeeeeeee!!! (Yes, it was that cute.) I loved the whole "advice column helping people" premise. I liked how the story progressed throughout the novel and how Harriet had to deal with the consequences of what she does. As a protagonist, I liked Harriet, as she was very relatable (she's a little older than the average YA protagonist, but still young enough that I think YA readers will like her too). The book went by pretty quickly as it's a light and easy read with good pacing and good characters. Overall, I would recommend Dear Emma if you're looking for a fun, quick read!
Date published: 2016-03-03

Editorial Reviews

"Katie Heaney's delightful new Austen-inspiredrom-com is a hilarious examination of the pros and cons of internet sleuthingand the merits of advice. Extremely funny and supremely clever."-Rebecca Harrington, author of I'll Have What She's Having and Penelope