Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham

Summary/Cover Image from Author's Website:
“I’m so tired of feeling sad. And waiting for other people to make me happy and they don’t. And if no-one else is going to make you happy, well maybe you just have to do it for yourself?”

Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even begun. Banned from going to the local drama workshop by her bully of a step-dad and her increasingly fragile mum, she is consigned to six long weeks of looking after her tooth-fairy obsessed kid sister. Sick of feeling like the outsider at home and at school, she starts emailing the one person she thinks might understand; Dylan Curtland, star of the popular soap opera Jessop Close. And when Dylan starts emailing back, Georgie finally feels a spark of hope. At last she has someone who really gets her, someone who really wants to help. But in the faceless world of email all is not as it seems…
Review:

Dear Dylan is truly a diamond of a novel. It's touching, funny, and full of heart; simply a novel I just couldn't give enough of.

I have to admit when I first saw this novel I was hesitant to read it because of the fact it was written entirely in emails. As it turns out this method of telling it by worked out perfectly with the story, and I feel that if it was told in a different way it would be missing something crucial, because it allowed for me to get such a personal look in the lives and thoughts of the characters.

Georgie Harris, the protagonist of the story, was such a great and witty character from the first page. I loved how funny and lively she was even with the tragic events among the happy ones unfolding in front of her and how she found such a great friend in Nan. And talking about Nan, I adored her as well. She was such a sweet lady, one I would love to have in my own life because her advice was quite awesome, I have to say. Further more, I liked how Siobhan addressed abusive situations in Georgie's life, as well as toxic friendships, because I feel like it leaves teens that are facing similar issues to not feel so alone. In addition, Georgie's romance with the fab, swoon-worthy Jamie was nothing short of sweet!

Lastly, Siobhan's writing proved to be well done in this novel because she always provided to dig a little deeper into each character, giving the reader an even better understanding to them. And when I say the following I'm speaking nothing but the truth: I simply can't wait to read by her!

In all, I feel the funny and touching novel Dear Dylan is establishes Siobhan as one great writer, one who I hope has a very, very long successful career in front of her filled with more wickedly awesome books!

Grade: A+

Dear Dylan is now out!

Source: Author. Thanks, Siobhan!

8 comments:

  1. i've never heard of this before, but it really sound endearing! thanks for the review and getting this book onto my radar! the cover is so cute too!

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  2. i've never heard of this before, but it sounds lovely. thanks for the great review!

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  3. This book has been on my radar since I first heard about it - it sounds like such a unique read! I love the fact that it's written in email style. Fabulous review!

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  4. Aww, this sounds great! I actually love books that are written in e-mail or letter format!

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  5. Hi,

    I just discovered your blog and it's great! This is definitely the kind of thing I wish I had done in highschool. I'm a few years late but enjoying starting to blog about books, hopefully eventually I'll be as lucky and get a chance to read review copies too. Your reviews are concise and articulate, you should be really proud of what you've accomplished here :) Awesome job.

    Your new follower,
    Zoe

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  6. I've heard only good things and I really want this book. Great review!

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  7. Great review, I'm reading this one soon. Glad you enjoyed!

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  8. Entirely out of emails? Cool! And an A+?

    This is totally going on my TBR list. Fantastic review :)

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