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Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers
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Mar 11, 12

bookshelves: adult-teen-crossover, boys-issues, realistic-fiction, arcs-from-netgalley
Read in February, 2012

Dying to Know You is lyrically written and although it is at times a slow-moving story, there are also many moments taut with psychological suspense. The story is told by an older man, a writer in his sixties, who develops a close friendship with a young boy (older teens/early 20s) who is struggling to maintain a relationship with a girl who insists that he communicate more of his inner feelings to her. The boy and the writer strike a Cyrano-type bargain, in which the writer agrees to write emails that the boy, who is dyslexic, will send to his girlfriend in hopes of satiating her demands. There is much more to the story than this, however, as the boy has psychological issues he is struggling with, and the writer becomes more enmeshed in the boy's life and his tumultuous relationship with the girl. This is a novel to be savored and discussed, as the issues it explores are fascinating and provocative. This review is based on an uncorrected galley proof provided by the publisher by request via netgalley.com.

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