By Siobhan Curham, published by Electric Monkey.
“A first crush. An unexpected friendship. A dream come true…”
Georgie is a fourteen year old girl who lives with her mum, little sister, and much-hated step-dad, Tone-Deaf, as she calls him behind his back. She has a major crush on actor Dylan Curtland, and one day decides to email him in the hope of becoming e-mates. But an unexpected twist leaves her emailing his mother, and they become very close friends, and help each other get through their bad times. Georgie is dealing with a first crush, her abusive stepfather, and her real Dad’s buried secrets, whilst Dylan’s mother Nancy is dealing with the death of her husband and her abandonment of her acting career.
First and foremost, I would like to say a VERY big sorry to Siobhan Curham, who sent me her book a while ago and I misplaced it, and couldn’t find it. But upon finding it yesterday, I just had to put all current books aside and read it!! Trust me, it was worth it. This is one of the best real-life-situation YA books I have ever come across. Dear Dylan is a really thought provoking, emotional roller-coaster of a book! Georgie, the protagonist, is such a great and love-able character, I really felt for her and rooted for her throughout the book.
I really loved the format too, despite being written in emails back and forth from the two main characters, the book has a great amount of detail and emotion packed into the pages. Siobhan has developed two very different characters, and brought them together in a brilliant way, tying in very serious situations like Domestic Violence and Grief.
I really loved it, and I’m sure Siobhan’s next novel, ‘Finding Cherokee Brown’ will be just as brilliant!