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Dear Nobody (Tracks) (Winner of the Carnegie Medal) Paperback – 6 Jan 1997

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (6 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006746187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006746188
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,679,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Dear Nobody deals maturely and illuminatingly with a vital subject for young people… much recommended.’ TES

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Tackle the sensitive issue of teenage pregnancy with your class by using this drama

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By A Customer on 16 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book several years ago, and then I was so completely gripped at the spellbinding story Doherty weaves, I could not put it down. But the fact that I have re-read it countless times since then, and the effect has still remained, is a sure sign that this book is a fantastic work. The story follows two teenage lovers, and the physical and emotional turmoil they undergo when the girl gets pregnant. As they prepare to become parents themselves, focus is also drawn to their own parents, who each have their own set of problems. Chris' mother left the family when he was younger, something his Dad never got over, and Helen's relationship with her mother has always been a little strained, perhaps because of the woman's own relationship with her mother. The story goes much deeper and thicker than you might think, and it is not at all predictable. The story is written from the boy's perspective, but we see the girl's from the letters she writes, like a diary, to her unborn child- always beginning 'Dear Nobody'. Doherty has captured the mind of a teenage girl, and boy (both of course, being very different), very well and portrays everything realistically and evokes much emotion. I challenge anyone to read this and not feel moved.
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Although a Puffin book because it is marketed as teenage fiction, Dear Nobody is a lot more grown up than much of the juvenile nonsense that passes for adult fiction these days. The only reason I can see that it is pigeon-holed as a teenage fiction is that the two main characters are 18-year-olds — nothing else. The story is beautifully told, the characters well-rounded, and their emotional life made real. It tells of family, inheritance, and growing up. There is an attention to detail in the story-telling that places you there as a reader: like the description of the grandfather’s bonfire and the toad, followed by the imagery of the bits of privet that her grandfather tidies up, looking like a bridal bouquet.
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
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I first read this book when I was 13 years old as part of my English SAT's. I bought the book at the time, and have continued to read it at least once a year since! Doherty is so expressive about both Helen's and Chris' character that it i felt as though it was i who were creating the characters in my head. I feel as though they are a part of me, and can relate some of their experiences in their environment to my own. The story is imaginative and truthful, giving a real view of how it feels to be a teenager in love. This book is great for young people who are just learning about the world and experiences to be had!
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I Just bought this book for my daughter for christmas. It is a nice little fiction book that can easy be put into a handbag and taken with you if you wanted to read it somewhere. My daughter loved this fiction book. What she liked about the story is that it from two peoples point of view being Helen and Chris. Helen gets pregnant and writes letters to her unborn baby calling it Nobody. I have more book reviews on ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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This book is a wonderful book. It's written brilliantly, with lots of descriptions and feelings. It makes you feel like you were really there, feeling and thinking the same things as the charicters. This book is unlike all the other teenage pregnacy type books. Chris and Helen, the parents of the baby, are in a close relasionship and a lot of the story is told by the boy, Chris. Every teenager has to read this book. The book is so powerful, I was crying at the end.
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I am 26 years old and I read this book for the first time when I was in Primary school. And i fell in love with it. Every couple of years I get an urge to read it again. Before now I have always managed to find it in the local library but this time I thought I would just get myself a copy and then i can read it whenever I like.

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.
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In my opinion “Dear Nobody” by Berlie Doherty is very interesting, authentic, touching and a reality-based book. I enjoyed reading it. It is a good book for reading at school. It deals with problems of young people, who have to face unwanted pregnancy, like non-acceptance of society and the way parents deal with the new situation. Furthermore the book is about the problems of growing up and describes the different relationships between teenagers and their parents.
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.
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