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Siobhan Curham
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Book Description

2 April 2012

A first crush. An unexpected friendship. A dream come true. The perfect book for teens and fans of Cathy Cassidy, Sarah Dessen or Karen McCombie

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 scummy step-dad that I love him because that would be lying. But the thing is, sometimes when I watch you on TV, I feel as if you’re talking just to me and it makes me feel less alone. I know you probably get loads and loads of fan mail but I wanted to ask you – could we be e-mates? Yours hopefully, Georgie xxx


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405260378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405260374
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,256 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 also 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 currently working on a non-fiction book called True Face, to be published by Faber & Faber in April 2015, a YA novel called The Moonlight Dreamers and in June 2014 she will be republishing her adult backlist.

For more information please visit:

www.siobhancurham.co.uk
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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)"

From the Publisher

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 23 Jun 2010
By L
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming read 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut! 6 Feb 2014
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I thought that it was a delightful book. Touching yet funny. I just can’t get enough of Siobhan Curham’s writing!

I love the format of the story. It’s told in a series of emails over a period of time between Georgie and her e-mate, who doesn’t turn out to be who she thought it would be. Georgie really pours out her thoughts and emotions. I loved her emails. The character really shone through. At times she was funny, others she was thoughtful. I felt such a wide range of emotions. One minute I was smiling and the next I was feeling so sorry for Georgie’s family situation.

I absolutely adored Georgie and Nan, they were such fantastic characters that really helped each other out. They taught each other valuable lessons despite the age gap between them. I haven’t been let down by a Siobhan Curham character yet.

If you haven’t read any of Siobhan’s books yet, I highly recommend that you do. She’s such a terrific writer. I can’t speak highly enough of her!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!! 7 Oct 2013
By Abi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! It made me cry, laugh and smile and is beautifully written. I would reccomend it to girls aged 11+ - love it! x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really engaging 28 Aug 2013
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I found the central character, Georgie, and her difficulties and dreams easy to empathise with. The email format was different and worked so well to chart the developing relationship between the characters and how they both benefit from the exchanges. I will definitely read more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 25 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My opinion i thought this book was amazing. I love the emailing and tension between nan and georgie. But i can definitely say it was totaly frostfree! I loved the relationship between bugsy (jamie) and blousey (georgie). I tuely loved loved this book, and for my age (13) it was a nice easy read. I got excited in the end to it was fabulous. Ive given it a five as it is the sort of topic i go for and it is probably for 13+ i reckon, either way i loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Lovely layout! It's set in email format which I really like as it's obviously very unusual for a book.
Interesting story line. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr Lucy Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read!
This is an amazing book. The characters are so real - and because the story is told through emails, you feel really close to them and you really care about them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thea Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars I had such a big smile on my face while reading, I hope you do to.
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lunaslittlelibrary
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It was fine, predictable but an easy read, nice ending. Formatand the other side of a
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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... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Laura Besley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I really enjoyed this very well written book. Not only was it warm and funny, but it was also heatwarming and I shed a tear towards the end. Read more
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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... Read more
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