Dear Nobody (Tracks) (Winner of the Carnegie Medal) Paperback – 6 Jan 1997
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‘Dear Nobody deals maturely and illuminatingly with a vital subject for young people… much recommended.’ TES--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I love the way the novel has aged — taking you back to a time when teenagers had to conduct romances in whispered voices from telephones in the hall or from public phone boxes. None of you’re Skyping and instant-messaging back then.
I thought there was a bit of a missed opportunity to really tied the book to Sheffield — particularly in the character of the grandfather who only lets slip and occasional “ay” and “reckon” and a single “nowt”. It is a shame, but perhaps it is not regarded as doing a book many favours in its marketability to tie it too closely to a region.
One small annoyance was the creeping in of errors in the Kindle version: probably errors of setting up the e-book file and not checking it properly. Not what you expect from Penguin.
1 of 34 Sheffield novels reviewed at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/sheffield-novels.html
It is a lovely story about two youngsters that fall in love and then get preganant. They are both supposed to be going off to university and the pregnancy changes everything. It is an easy read and I can now read it in one day I have read it that many times.
The narrative technique in this book is a two-voice narration. The book deals with the story of Helen and Chris, two English teeneagers, who are confronted with the fact that Helen becomes pregnant. Helen starts writing letters to her unborn child. There is a development in these letters. They describe Helen`s feelings and the events which she goes through during her pregnancy, form not wanting her baby to the decision for her baby. The background story is written from Chris's point of view, who receives the letter. He reads the letters, all beginning with the same words: “Dear Nobody” and sinks in the memory of the last nine months and tells the whole background story parallel to the “Dear Nobody” letters. He describes the events in nine chapters in accordance with the nine months of Helen’s pregnancy.
In my opinion this narrative technique makes the book very varied. The author gives the reader the chance to get deeply enough into both characters and to understand the feelings and thoughts of them. For that reason the reader understands the characters much better. Furthermore I think, the book becomes interesting through the fact that Chris is the narrator of the book.Read more ›
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I found the characters a bit two dimensional and hard to empathise with. I didn't think the horse scene with Helen was very convincing in this day and age. Read morePublished 13 months ago by singingcapybara
Over all I'd say the book was great, kept me wanting to read more in suspense. I'm not going to spoil the ending but I do feel it stopped abruptly and I would of liked to have read... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by MusicMadd
Good book little bit boring could of had some more drama and a bit more of a plot but overall okPublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by daisy brunt
This book is definitely 5 stars no matter how many times I read. I love reading this book now I'll always have it with me on ny kindle :)Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Chris and Helen have got everything going for them. They are young, university-bound and in love. This story starts from one afternoon of shared, unprotected intimacy to its almost... Read morePublished on 14 July 2008 by Amazon Customer
After reading the reviews on this page, I decided to buy this book. After reading it's short 150 pages, I was shocked to see that it had moved someone to tears. Read morePublished on 29 July 2007 by James Wainwright
This is a good book because it shows two different points of view. It shows this by Helen and Chris writing diaries, one for Chris and one for Helen. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2005