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A first crush. An unexpected friendship. A dream come true. Dear Dylan! Thanks so much for your email and I'm sorry about my last one when I said I love you. I hope you don't think I'm a weirdo mentalist?!!! It's just that I was watching Oprah yesterday and she said we should all say we love each other a whole lot more. Not to everyone of course. There's no way I'd tell my...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Electric Monkey (first published March 24th 2010)
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Dear Dylan' was a surprising and delightfully heartwarming read with a wonderful central character who by the end of the book felt like an old friend.

The format of the story is a series of emails over a period of three months between Georgie and her e-mate. Into her emails, Georgie pours all her thoughts, feelings and emotions about her life and is able to express all the things that she'd never be able to say in read life. Her emails are funny, thoughtful, amusing, insightful and frequently ma...more
hawwa
“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?”
I didn't really know what to expect when I first heard about this book as it was made up entirely of e-mails so when Siobhan Curham offered to send me a copy to review I jumped at the chance! The book explores the social media of e-mails and how a most unlikely friendship can be formed through the internet. .I n...more
Kelsey
Dear Dylan was an emotional and original novel and I'm so glad I had this opportunity to read it! It was written entirely in emails, but it worked SO WELL! The two characters exchanging emails put all their thoughts and experiences into these emails, so it felt like I was reading chapters instead of emails.

Georgie was a character I loved right away. She was so honest and sweet that I felt a connection to her from the start. Her family was in turmoil. Her mother was stuck in an abusive relationsh...more
Sarah
Georgie has a lot going on in her life and feels like she has no one to talk to about her problems. Feeling lonely she starts to email her favorite actor Dylan hoping desperately for someone who understands her. At first the replies she receives are just standard responses but as the person who is replying starts to discover more about Georgie's home life they reach out to offer her friendship.

When Siobhan Curham asked me to review Dear Dylan I was intrigued by the idea of a novel written purel...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
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The beauty of technology is it bridges people no matter where they are.Who would have thought the e-mails Georgie exchanges with 'Dylan' can save her life? Georgie is like every other fan who idolizes someone. At first her e-mails came off as annoying, but it was Georgie's willingness to share, her openness, her ability to give life and color to a bunch of words typed and sent electronically that makes her special. And 'Dylan' saw that spark in Georgie and before...more
Elizabeth Browne
I love this book. Especially the style it is written in. I love getting emails so the fact that it was all depicted by emails was a plus for me. But as it always ends up. All is not what it seems throughout this book. Georgie writes to her hero Dylan and he starts too reply. I love the story behind this. About how when your not actually face to face with someone you can't be sure who it really is and you should be careful online.
Clarabel
Grâce à un échange d'emails avec la maman de sa vedette préférée, une adolescente de quatorze ans va acquérir une confiance en elle, accomplir ses rêves les plus secrets et avouer à sa mère qu'elles ne peuvent plus endurer la brutalité du beau-père sans réagir. Inversement, la détresse de la jeune fille va aider sa correspondante à sortir d'un deuil difficile et envisager une nouvelle carrière de comédienne.
De cette rencontre improbable, naît une très jolie connivence qui servira aussi de levier...more
Aemariez Legaspi
Feb 20, 2014 Aemariez Legaspi rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fangirls, girly-girls
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Bella
Dear Dylan was pure magic, they way it was written was thrilling and unusual because it was written in emails rather then a direct story.
I can't really help but compare this book to Louise Rennison's; Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging which I read when I was a lot younger then I am today.

Georgie was unique and well spirited for a character facing as many adversaries she did. While the character of Nan was caring and nurturing, together they brought one another out of their shells.

The portr...more
Darlyn
Very endearing! Dear Dylan is a very interesting and fascinating story about a 14 years old girl, depressed, troubled and miserable with her family problems. When she starts emailing Dylan, everything changes and she felt like she could has her life back somehow.

It's like a story from 2 person; Georgie and Dylan. They emailed each other and become e-mates. I really love Georgie. Despite of her non-stop problem and her non-stop sulking and whining, kind of irritated me but when I think about it b...more
Lauren
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 tho...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I picked this book up as I really like both the cover and the title - they're simple and fun. I also thought that this book would simply be a fun set of e-mails from a teenage girl to her crush, Dylan. It turned out that this was a fun book thanks to our main character, Georgie, but it also had quite a serious undertone too.


When Georgie contacts Dylan, a gorgeous, popular young actor, she is surprised when she actually gets personal replies. As it turns out, it's not actually Dylan that is reply...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I loved this book. It is written in email format throughout following an ongoing conversation between Georgie and her Emate over the course of 6 weeks. I initially was a little bit wary and wasn't sure if this idea would work but it did wonderfully.

When I first started reading the story I was a little skeptical as I thought the relationship between her and Nancy was a little weird. Georgie is your typical teenager (who is depicted exceptionally well might I add). She is normal was was wonderful...more
Rachel
Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Booktastic Reviews.

This book has been on my wishlist for the longest time, so when I finally managed to get my hands on a copy (or in this case, win a giveaway for it!), I was over the moon! As soon as it arrived in the post, I could tell I had high expectations for it. Why, you ask? Well, I'd read way too many glowing reviews of it for me not to be excited. Did it meet my expectations? YES! Yes, it did! If anything, it was everything I wanted and more!

So...more
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
I did not know what to expect from this novel and I was curious about the story concept because I had not read a book in an email response format and found that I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Siobhan Curnham has penned a heartwarming story that explores the social media of emails and how a most unlikely relationship can be formed via the Internet.

Dear Dylan is a story about fourteen-year-old Georgie Harris and her six weeks of summer vacation...well not so vacation, since she i...more
Rebecca
Georgie Harris absolutely loves Dylan Curtland, aka the famous teenage star from the sitcom Jessop Close, and emails him whenever she can. At first he doesn’t reply, but when he finally does, she can’t believe it. She begins to pour out her problems to him, writing about her acting dreams and her sad home life with a horrible stepdad. But when he reveals a surprising secret, a new friendship begins.

Dear Dylan is told, oddly enough, in e-mail format. I had never read a book in e-mail format befo...more
Sophie
Dear Dylan is a touching and emotional story of a girl finding a much-needed friend in a most unlikely place.

I must admit that Dear Dylan didn’t unfold in the way that I expected at all. And I’m glad it didn’t because I got something really special instead. The story goes so much deeper than the summary would suggest and upon finishing it I can definitely see why it has been nominated for the Young Minds Book Award. Being a part of the blogging community, I know how invaluable my online friends...more
Good Golly Miss Holly
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Laura Besley
I've had my eye on this book for some time for two reasons. The first thing that caught my attention was the front cover (the one above, not the original one - I didn't discover that until I started researching the book for this post). I love its simplicity and quirkiness.

Secondly I had read that it was all written in the form of emails between the main characters. I'm very interested in different writing styles and was intrigued as to how this would work. In my opinion it worked well! Through...more
Kulsuma
I really enjoyed Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham. Fourteen year old Georgie tries to enjoy summer as much as is possible with an overbearing stepfather, weak mother and no one who listens to her. Though she isn’t given permission to go to the local drama workshop she desperately wants to go to, Georgie risks her stepfather’s fury by going anyway, taking her little sister with her who she is meant to babysit for the whole of the summer. The most surprising thing that happens in her summer though is...more
Brina
Mensch, was für eine Enttäuschung! Ich habe mir das Buch direkt am ersten Verkaufstag geholt und war sehr neugierig, da die Kurzbeschreibung recht gut klang. Was ich dann aber gelesen habe, war leider eine glatte Enttäuschung, denn die Protagonistin ist leider alles andere als sympathisch und besitzt großes Nervpotential.
An sich finde ich es ja noch ganz niedlich, wenn eine 14-jährige einen Schauspieler anschreibt, nur um diesem mitzuteilen, dass man ihn lieben würde. Jedoch ist das Mädchen so...more
Elisabeth Kiese
Dieser kurze Roman ist ein Buch über das Leben, die Liebe, das Erwachsenwerden und den Kampf um Akzeptanz, geschrieben in E-Mail-Nachrichten. Mein 2. Buch, welches ich in dieser Art gelesen habe. Hier allerdings treffen zwei unterschiedliche Welten aufeinander: die eines Mädchen im Alter von 14 Jahren, welches einem Star eine Mail schreibt und die einer 40-jährigen Frau, auf der Suche nach Glück und Zufriedenheit.

Das wohl Erstaunlichste ist, dass sich bei der Kurzbeschreibung jeder erhofft und d...more
Roxane
This self-published has an interesting story. In 2009, Siobhan Curham was offered a two-book deal and turned it down. She self-published Dear Dylan in April 2010 and in November, it won the YoungMind Book Award. Earlier this month, it was acquired by Egmont as part of a two-book deal and it will be relaunch in July.

Dear Dylan is the last novel I read for my previous job and I consider myself very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to read it.

It's not often you encounter YA 'issue nove...more
Anya
I don't know what I expected to happen in this book but I'm glad it didn't! I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to read and how touching the story was. An amazing teenage story of growing up and standing up for yourself. Made me wish I had this book a few years ago for inspiration!

I'll admit, I started this book thinking I would dislike Georgie, stupidly just because she was so easily fooled by Jessica and the generalised emails. But luckily, I got over her slightly annoying teena...more
Sophie
Äußeres Erscheinungsbild:
Ich finde das Cover richtig schön. Georgie ist zeichnerische in Schwarz/Weiß beim Email schreiben zu sehen. Die bunten Symbole an den Seiten beziehen sich mehr oder weniger auf Georgies Leben.
Auch der Titel, der wortgenau übersetzt worden ist, passt hervorragend zum Inhalt.


Eigene Meinung:
Dieses Buch ist verdammt schwer zu rezensieren, denn der große Plot-Twist passiert recht früh im Buch und eine Rezi ohne spoilern ist eigentlich fast nicht möglich. Ich mache es dennoch...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
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3.5 Stars - When I first started reading Dear Dylan I wasn’t sure just what to think, it took quite a few pages to really get into. It’s written in alternating emails between a teenage girl and someone she believes is Dylan - a star from a well known TV show in England. She’s a teen with a lot of troubles at home and uses the emails to vent with someone – real and the character he played - who she felt she co...more
Nolee
CAUTION! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!! Wow! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I bought this book. At first it was a bit slow, but then when shit was really beginning to go down and drama came into it I was just shocked by some of the things. Like when her dad came back and charged into the house.


Or when Georgie found out that she was actually emailing Dylan's mum and she just stopped emailing. Poor Georgie-getting her hopes up then having them taken away from her like that! But then agai...more
Zoe (Bookhi)
Never, EVER has a book changed by mind as drastically as this one. After reading the first few pages, my opinionated rate was: 2.5/5.. and now my rating it 4/5. "How did that happen?" you say, [just say it now if you didn't before, so you don't make me look stupid] and I'll tell you.

The book opens with Georgie, a quirky and lovable teenager who writes a letter to her celebrity crush, Dylan. As soon as I realised that the whole book is made up entirely of an e-mail format, I began to think that t...more
Den
I needed a quick read and my daughter had got this from the library yesterday and as it was on my to-read list i thought I would give it a go. Two sittings latr and it is back in my daughters room as I have finished it - although I didn't want to as it felt like I was leaving behind some very close, dear friends.

It is written in the form of emails from one character to another (e-mates). Georgie is a normal teenager going through all the usual teenage problems but in fact she has much more to de...more
Luna
This book came highly recommended as a feel good read. I can only second that recommendation.

Georgie is a lovable, realistic and emotional teen who emails her favourite soap star, only it turns out it’s not him that answers. Instead Georgie begins an eMate friendship with Nan, Dylan’s mother. The story takes place over the summer holidays and is narrated completely by the emails between Georgie and Nan.

Both characters are likable and have clear distinctive voices. What takes this book from good...more
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Siobhan is an award-winning author of books for adults and young adults. Her first YA novel, Dear Dylan, won the Young Minds Book Award and her YA series, Shipwrecked, is currently being developed for television.

Siobhan runs a life coaching practice called Dare to Dream and regular writing workshops called Dare to Write. Basically, she loves daring other people to pursue their passions!

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