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Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers
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Mar 06, 12

bookshelves: netgalley, read-in-2012
Read on March 06, 2012

[A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]


A simple, yet dense story.

A contemporary retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, Karl – a secretly dyslexic plumbing assistant – goes into panic mode when his girlfriend Fiorella asks him to write to her, in the form of letter answers to fifty or so questions about himself and how he feels about life, love and her. Karl hunts down Fiorella’s favourite author – our nameless, 70-something narrator – and asks him to write the letters for him.

Whilst the characters are interesting – the burgeoning friendship between young Karl and elderly narrator is rendered very sweetly – I have to admit I was quite bored and frequently glanced at the scrollbar to see how much of the book was left. However I was impressed with the handling of sensitive subjects: learning difficulties, depression, suicide etc.

2.5 stars.
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