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Dear Anjali

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

Twelve-year-old Meredith’s world is rocked when her best friend Anjali dies from a sudden viral infection. In letters to Anjali, Meredith puzzles through how to cope with the ongoing challenges of school and regular life—without Anjali by her side. Complicating matters is the new friendship Meredith develops with Noah, the object of a crush she and Anjali once shared. Mere
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Aladdin (first published June 18th 2010)
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Feb 22, 2010 Squirrel rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! Although it is technically not out yet, you can purchase it at some stores, like a small coffee shop in Fairhope, Alabama, called Page and Palette, where I purchased my wonderful copy in a section which features books that are going to be published (Don't worry, they have legal rights)and it appears, according to a certain side bar, it is availible at Now, on to the book. The beginning of the book has a grim plot. Meredith Beals is your average 7th grade 12 goi ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Priyanka rated it liked it
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

This book had an interesting end but I found majority of the content repetitive and I felt that most of the book was about a girl crying about losing her friend and fawning over a guy.

Dear Anjali


Meredith’s world is turned upside-down when her best friend Anjali dies. Anjali was in the hospital for a few days before she passed away but nobody truly believed that she would die until the reality of the situation hit the
In theory I liked this book, but in practice it really bugged me. I think the content was very interesting and could be really helpful for the right kid. It's about grief and anger and dealing with the death of the only person in the world you feel understands you. The feelings seemed realistic and accurate.

But the writing and the execution on this one just kinda bugged me. I felt like it was REALLY forced -- the writing was trying SO HARD to sound like a 12-year-old girl that I never really bel
Feb 02, 2011 Treasure rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old Meredith is reeling from the sudden death of her best friend Anjali (due to encephalitis). She is coping by writing Anjali letters and notes, some quite long and some tellingly brief, as she processes her grief, loss, and daily life. As the plot and characterization unfold, we learn that Meredith and Anjali liked the same boy Noah, and despite Meredith liking him first, Anjali was secretly pursuing and then dating Noah when she died. Meredith struggles with her feelings of anger ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
(This review might count as a spoiler)

This book is written from the main character Meredith (12)'s perspective in a form of a letter. The letters are all written for Anjali, Meredith's best friend who suddenly died of some fatal infections. Meredith writes these letter with a antique typewriter, about her life without Anjali on her side. At first, Meredith just writes the letter because of her sinking feeling for her missing best friend, but as the story becomes close to the ending, Meredith g
Dec 02, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-picks, 3-5
The topic is challenging but it is an honest struggle and the main character Meredith is very relatable. She feel that she is an outcast and Anjali is her only friend. When Anjali suddenly dies Meredith vows to write her every day, it is her way of keeping Anjali close, and she really really needs someone to talk to. In her letters she tells Anjali about her family and school, how hard everything is without her there and most importantly how much she needs her friend now. Anjali is the only one ...more
Helen Prichett
Apr 01, 2011 Helen Prichett rated it it was ok
Thirteen-year-old Meredith has just lost her best friend, Anjali, very unexpectedly. She turns to writing to Anjali as a way to process all that has happened as she attempts to deal with her confusion, anger, and sadness. Much of her correspondence is typed on an old typewriter and includes typos which might prove distracting to some readers. Most of her letters center on Noah Spivack, a boy that she has had a crush on for several years. As Meredith mourns Anjali, she finds out a great deal that ...more
Oct 15, 2012 7703Lizzie rated it it was amazing
DEAR ANJALI is about a girl named Meredith who looses her best friend to a fatal infection and copes by writing letters to her with an antique type writer. She writes down her everyday life in these letters and takes up back to when Anjali was alive. But along the way she uncovers some dark secrets that Anjali never told her about.

Throughout the book I had this feeling of depression, and when Meredith talked she gave off a self harm vibe for some reason. I really enjoyed the relationship she had
Nov 29, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
“I hate that you’re DEAD,” types Meredith. Losing your best friend at the age of twelve is unthinkable. But Meredith must face the fact that Anjali is now gone. Somehow, writing letters (especially ones written on a typewriter when you-really-pound-your-fingers) to Anjali makes Meredith feel like she is able to keep a part of Anjali alive and close. Read through Meredith's poignant, spot-on, and sometimes funny letters to see how this 12-year old tries to manage her significantly muddled-up, com ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: mar-2014
When Anjali suddenly dies, Meredith writes letters to her on her typewriter to feel closer to her than she actually is. But soon when she starts a friendship with Noah Spivak, the boy both of them liked, she feels like she betrayed Anjali, but did she? Did she really?

I picked up this book because I read the synopsis and I thought the book might be interesting.

I finished this book because I thought it was really touching, especially the last letter Meredith writes to Anjali.

I would recommend this
May 11, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
I found this at the library and was drawn to the title since I know a few Anjalis. It's about an almost-13-yr-old girl whose best friend, Anjali, suddenly dies. In this book, the narrator comes to accept that Anjali was a flawed person, like everyone else, but was still a great friend. She realizes that she needs to go on living, which ultimately means leaving Anjali behind. I especially liked how Anjali was depicted as a full, complex character, not some kind of cardboard cutout or stereotype.
Drew Dawson
Apr 06, 2014 Drew Dawson rated it really liked it
This book really connect with me more because like Meredith I had a friend,my Dad so spent all night reading this book and wondering what would happen to Meredith and her crush Noah even tho Meredith for gave Anjali I don't think she really deserve even tho she told him to take care of Meredith , she still shouldn't of did that behind Meredith back , maybe I the only one who thinks this but I all has my girl before the guys

My opinion, Drew
Leila G
Mar 11, 2016 Leila G rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book because it is suspenseful and intriguing. Dear Anjali is about a twelve-year-old girl named Meredith whose best friend, Anjali, passes away. Meredith tries to keep Anjali close by writing letters to her. The story also includes adventures of Meredith and her new friend Noah. This is a great book because a lot of people can relate to Meredith if they have lost someone.
I've read this book twice already and I love it enough to read it again. If you've ever had a best friend, and if you've ever fallen in love... this book is for you. It's Beautiful and Sad and Poignant and Honestly Funny. I'd like to be the kind of friend that Meredith Beals is.

Also, I love this cover.
Sep 03, 2012 Valeria rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it is a story of a bit of betrayal and of trust.So a girl(don't remember name)whose BEST friend dies,finds out secerets that anjali has been hiding from her,like that she went to a party to their most hated enemy.
Mar 06, 2013 Arianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was amazing. This book captures the progression of Meredith, the main character, finding closure after her best friend, Anjali dies. Terribly tragic and amazingly heartfelt. I'd absolutely recommend this book.
Jeanne Adeline Starr
Nov 23, 2012 Jeanne Adeline Starr rated it really liked it
This book was written in letter formats, which made it very interesting. It made me wonder a lot, too. There is a bit of romance in it, not a whole lot. The main idea is about a girl who is writing letters to her dead best friend. This is a good book to read.
Olivia Canfield
May 02, 2016 Olivia Canfield rated it liked it
This book was interesting, but the way that it was written didn't really appeal to me all that much. The story didn't have much of a plot, which was frustrating at times because that made it hard to follow and reading it seemed a little pointless because of the lack of plot.
Oct 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, harvard
I really liked this book although I skimmed most of it. It's a friendship story for tweens, dealing with school, family, crushes, romance, and mean girls--with the sad twist that the narrator's best friend has recently and suddenly died.
Oct 02, 2014 20lkerjouan rated it it was amazing
A girl who's best friend wanted her friend to come back but her friend was dead so she wrote letters to her everyday because she believes that her best friend can read them.
Jul 26, 2011 Cynthia rated it liked it
I love how this book is a series of letters written on an old typewriter. Meredith Beals can make you laugh and make you feel bad as you read her notes to her dead best friend, Anjali.
Mar 08, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
this book has also been renamed "your best friend merideth".i liked it it was kind of wierd though.
Ava Raymond
Jul 30, 2014 Ava Raymond rated it it was amazing
Jul 18, 2011 Abigail marked it as to-read
So far it is a dark and sad book and hard to put down
ps i am on pg 63 of 280
loved this book it had alot of twist and turns i loved how it was from first person point of veiw
May 14, 2011 Emilie rated it it was amazing
I just got this book yesturday, and I can already rate it the highest score! It's great! I reccomend it to all girls!
Apr 19, 2010 Naphtali rated it liked it
This is one of those that I just can't decide about.
Dec 03, 2012 Raquelt rated it it was amazing
This book was really really good.If i get another chance to read it I will.It mad me cry a little :'( lol.
Sep 28, 2010 Erika rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read this year. Actually, make that in the last five years. It's deep, it's funny, it's wonderful, page-turning, good good good stuff.
Feb 17, 2011 Berkley rated it it was amazing
this bok would be good for anyone who likes realistic fiction, loves romance and if your a 6-9th grade girl and not afraid to cry this is the book for you i looooved it.
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