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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405260378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405260374
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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!

She is also a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and websites and has featured on various TV and radio shows, including the BBC news, BBC Breakfast, GMTV and Woman's Hour.

When she isn't playing with words she can usually be found contorted on a yoga mat, listening to crackly music on vinyl or living out her Kids from Fame fantasies, training to become a dance teacher.

Siobhan is currently working on a non-fiction book called True Face: Be Real, Be Fearless, Be You, to be published by Faber & Faber in 2015.

In 2013, Siobhan launched her own imprint, to publish books with a Dare to Dream theme and do fun stuff like give books away for free and donate proceeds to charity.

The first books to be published on this list are:

Finding Your Inner Cherokee - a guide to overcoming bullying

and three novels for adults:

The Sweet Revenge of the Football Widows
True Love Always
Finding the Plot


For more information please visit:

www.siobhancurham.co.uk
www.daretodreamcoaching.blogspot.co.uk
www.daretowritecoaching.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook: Siobhan Curham Author
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"* 'Tender, quirky and cool. Siobhan Curham is a name to watch' (Cathy Cassidy) * 'An absorbing, moving novel... I'm still thinking about the characters so much I want check on them and see how things are going now!' (Chicklish)"

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In her fifth novel the acclaimed writer Siobhan Curham explores a uniquely adolescent realm that many parents today find insidious and incomprehensible; that of online social networking. Inspired by her love for the book Goodnight Mister Tom, Curham takes a realistic and pragmatic approach, allowing the reader to see how both Georgie and the much-older recipient of her email devotion benefit from this correspondence, and how the real dangers in Georgie's life are in fact rooted firmly offline. Never patronising or alarmist, Dear Dylan proves to be a thought-provoking and sophisticated read, sure to appeal even to the parents of its teenage audience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L on 23 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from Dear Dylan, a novel written entirely in emails. It's not a format I've ever encountered before, and though I was instantly intrigued I couldn't help wondering if it was just a gimmick. As it turned out, I don't think Dear Dylan could've been written any other way.

We first hear from main character Georgie Harris when she decides to contact her favourite actor, Dylan Curtland - the star of her favourite soap opera. In these early emails, Georgie seems to be your average celebrity-crushing teen. She gushes, she tells Dylan she loves him, and it's clear how much she wants to believe that the standard replies she gets back from him are written just to her. Her friend Jessica thinks she should just get over it. But then, something amazing happens. Georgie gets the email that changes everything. A real, personal, just-for-Georgie email from someone who might just turn out to be the friend she's always needed.

It doesn't take long for this new 'e-mate' to realise that Georgie is going through a difficult time at home. Her stepdad is a bully, and she misses her own dad. Even her summer holiday is beginning to look like it's going to be a total washout, as she's forced to look after her half-sister every day instead of going to the drama workshop all her friends will be at. But with the encouragement of her new online friend, Georgie finds a way to slowly start turning things around. Through emails, we follow the ups and downs of Georgie's summer as a life-changing friendship grows on the pages before us.

Much of what Georgie goes through will be familiar territory for most readers, as she negotiates her way through cringe-inducing beauty disasters, toxic friendships and the uncertainty of her first romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJH @ A Dream of Books on 22 April 2012
Format: Paperback
'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 made me laugh and smile, as well as cry and feel genuine empathy and compassion for her situation. I was slightly wary of the email format initially as I haven't always enjoyed books which are set out like that but I needn't have worried because I was hooked on 'Dear Dylan' almost immediately.

I loved the way that Georgie and her e-mate each helped the other through a difficult time and taught each other valuable lessons about living and enjoying life. Of course, the dangers of corresponding with people you don't know on the internet can't be ignored but in Georgie's case she acquires a beautiful new friendship.

I really admired Georgie who was desperate to have the normal life of a teenager that all her friends seemed to have but had to deal with looking after her little sister, as well as coping with an angry step-dad. She seemed absolutely genuine and was true to herself always. Her crush on Jamie, dubbed 'the boy with the sorrowful smile' was touching and sweet and I couldn't help but keep my fingers crossed that something good would happen between them.

'Dear Dylan' was an amazing and poignant debut title which really touched my heart! I can't wait for Siobhan Curham's second book 'Finding Cherokee Brown' which I can only imagine will be just as good.
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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 replying to Georgie, but instead it his his mother, a woman called Nan. I think that it could be quite a challenge for a writer to portray an online relationship between a young teenager and an adult, but Curham didn't do a bad job at all. This is fiction, but I think it was quite realistic, with both characters having their hesitations regarding an online friendship. It was interesting to see how Georgie and Nan's relationship flourished throughout the book. I found myself very glad that they had each other as they both helped each other to find some happiness and to improve their lives - it was really quite touching. I thought that the format that this book was written in was a very good idea. As well as being modern, the e-mails exchanged were frank, open and honest with the personality of both Georgie and Nan shining through.

Georgie was a wonderful, bright character. Though her actions could be a little cringe-inducing at times, she was quite humorous and this book will guarantee at least a couple of laughs! She is stumbling through her teenage years and gaining new experiences, sharing them with us on her way.
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