I did not know what to expect from this novel and I was curious about the story concept because I had not read a book in an email response format and found that I was happily surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Siobhan Curnham has penned a heartwarming story that explores the social media of emails and how a most unlikely relationship can be formed via the Internet.
Dear Dylan is a story about fourteen-year-old Georgie Harris and her six weeks of summer vacation...well not so vacation, since she is forced to babysit her younger sister Michaela and unable to attend the local drama workshop that she longs to join. To ease her pain that is inflicted by her cruel step-dad, Georgie begins to email her favorite TV star Dylan Curtland and much to her surprise he responds. Georgie is so happy that she begins to spill her everyday happenings to him and a warm correspondence begins, but one day a confession is made and the circumstances of Dylan Curtland's emails come to light. Georgie is hurt but she continues on with her emails and makes an e-mate from some one that she never envisioned corresponding with. What transpires is a telling of truths, hopes, dreams, fears and a bond of friendship that is endearing to behold. A story to lighten the soul.
I adored reading this book and witnessing the relationship that blossomed between Georgie and her new e-mate and seeing how things transpired before my very eyes. Georgie has some very troubling issues at home that she finds the courage to face them while her e-mate realizes that it is time for a change in their life and heads off in a new yet old direction. They both came from different places in life yet together they help each other break out of their inner shells and thrive and that is the heart of this story and how you never know where your next great friendship can come from. I laughed and cried and only wanted more. Siohban has done an amazing job and I cannot wait to read more from her, Bravo!
If you in the mood for a great read that will entertain and delight you while making you smile then you need not look any further. This is the book for you.