Dear Emma by Katie Heaney Review

Monday, January 25th 2016
“I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him.”
-Jane Austen
I was recently honored the opportunity by Grand Central Publishing to read Dear Emma by Katie Heaney, before its publication date of  March 1st 2016. This novel is a new adult, contemporary college theme novel about a college student double life being herself, while being a strong truth wielding as an advice columnist.
There were many parts of the book that brought back bitter-sweet memories of my own experiences with boys, and all the issues that surrounded the topic. Love, or even the slightest hint of such exhausting emotion, is physically draining.  I feel that the act of being in love is a relief after suffering the depths of an infatuation. The sad thing about infatuation, is we really never know that it is an infatuation until the relationship has flowed into a complete dead end. Either leaving both members of the heart either mutual agrees of displeasure, or the more common issue, leaving one person riddle with more question than answers. The elements of this novel do not only target college survivors but any women who has had a crush on another person. It’s hard enough to have feelings for another person but with social media, emoticons, and Google, being in the slightest grasp of love can an obsessive need to stalk when someone is ignoring the other. The psychological analogize that occurred during the process of being adult and all the troublesome ways to be involved in relationships.
This novel has a great tone with a great point of view, if not advice, for the most common relationship issues that are sadly still occurring today. I really love the process of the novel along with how close knit the female roommates here towards each other. Harriet, our main character, truly grew within ever chapter has she took her alter egos Emma’s, advice to heart, even when she didn’t believe she could.
I believe this novel is going to become very popular among those who enjoy contemporary novels, that have a realistic ending. Life isn’t always filled with the types of happy endings we are use to witnessing from Disney. Some times the happen endings that are the best are the ones where we grow in strength through heartache and pain but gain(sometimes new friends) meaningful expresses at the end.
I gave this novel 4 out of 5 stars. I truly love this book and will be re-reading it once the published.
I truly hope you pick up a copy as soon as it’s published! What are you waiting for, go pre-order it today!
Happy Reading

About Katie Heaney

Katie Heaney is the author of Never Have I Ever, out January 14, 2014 with Grand Central Publishing, and an editor at BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in Outside Magazine online,, The Hairpin, The Awl, and, among other places.

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