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.
I think that Harriet is like most people who are good at giving advice: great at dishing it out but terrible at taking it from others. Harriet is such a relatable character. She lives with her two best friends, and she does work study in the school library. She is a typical college girl. And she has boy problems, but then again don’t most girls? She gets jealous of the girl who is dating her crush (been there!) and hates her before she even really gets to know her. I think that Harriet is probably like most girls.
I really enjoyed how this story progressed, it had the perfect pacing. Just when it seemed like it was starting to slow down, something new would get tossed into the mix to shake things up again. Harriet learns a lot about herself throughout this book and realizes that life isn’t just about finding a boy to make you happy.
I give this book 5/5 stars. It goes on sale this Tuesday, March 1. You can order it by clicking on the book’s cover above.