Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham

Title: Dear Dylan
Author: Siobhan Curham
Published by: Electric Monkey
Publication date: 2nd April 2012
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Fourteen year old Georgie Harris feels as if the summer holidays are over before they have even began.

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 babysitting her 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...

My first impression of this book was 'Ohmigod. This looks great! I can't wait to read this.' I love the doodles around the edge of the cover and the hearts in the 'D's' in the title are really cute. I think maybe it would look better if you could actually see Georgie's face. Other than that, a very cute and eye-catching cover which gives great first impressions :)

An interesting thing about this book is that it is written entirely in emails. The problem is that this sometimes made the book a little slow in places. Sometimes the emails are a bit too long for my liking and sometimes I just want a break from the long emails. Don't get me wrong, I like the unusual format, but sometimes it just got a little bit boring. It could have been better, but it was still a good read with twists and challenges along the way.

I like Nancy, or 'Nan' as Georgie calls her for short. She's really nice and she helps Georgie with all her problems. Also she gave lots of advice for acting during the book, which is good for everyone who likes drama. :)

My favourite character was Jamie Phelps, Georgie's crush. He seemed nice and he cheered Georgie up when she was sad or angry. A character I didn't like at all straight from the start was Jessica, Georgies 'Best Friend'. She sounded a bit jealous of her and sometimes she was mean to Georgie. Especially when she turned up at the woods and - oops! Can't tell you any more about THAT. You'll have to read the book to find out what she did. ANYWAY...

This book gets a rating from me of 4/5. The book could have been better, but it's a nice short read for the summer hols :) I do recommend this, it was a great book despite the few faults I found :)

1 comment :

  1. I am so jealous!
    I first saw this book on The Sweet Bonjour [I think....] and since then I've been dying to read it!

    The cover is one of the best I've ever seen! I think it's cool how she's not looking at you, but it would be just as cool if she was ;)
    Great review! You've got me even more desperate to read it now!