Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

How did I get the book? Magic Box Book 

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Karl, aged seventeen, is hopelessly in love. But the object of his affections, Firella, demands proof, and poses him a series of questions regarding his attitude to the many sides of love. But Karl is dyslexic, and convinced that if Firella finds out, she will think he is stupid, and unworthy of her, and leave him.
So Karl asks a local writer to help him construct his replies – and an unlikely, but extremely touching, friendship develops between the two men. They both come to learn a great deal about about life from a very different perspective, and when an act of violence shatters their calm, they find their respective appraisal of life shifting in profound ways

200words (or less) review: Dying to Know You is very different from most of the books I’ve read this year. For a start it’s narrated from the point of view of a man in his seventies and while it is a love story of sorts, it much more about the friendship between Karl and the narrator.

I loved the different styles Aidan Chambers used throughout this book. Both when Karl’s answers were being re-written but also the poems and later in the story Karl explanation.

We learn a lot about Karl from the observations our narrator makes, his commentary being honest but without judgement, something that helps Karl open up. It’s not just Karl that grows. I was actually surprised by how much characters such as Firella mature beyond their first impression.

Dying to Know You isn’t action packed; it’s a story that looks closely at love, family and friendship. It is a truly heart-warming book that will make you fall in love a little more, with each new page you turn.

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star

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