Synopsis: A first crush. An unexpected friendship. A dream come true.
Dear Dylan! Thanks so much for your email and I’m sorry about my last one when I said I love you. I hope you don’t think I’m a weirdo mentalist?!!! It’s just that I was watching Oprah yesterday and she said we should all say we love each other a whole lot more. Not to everyone of course. There’s no way I’d tell my scummy step-dad that I love him because that would be lying. But the thing is, sometimes when I watch you on TV, I feel as if you’re talking just to me and it makes me feel less alone. I know you probably get loads and loads of fan mail but I wanted to ask you – could we be e-mates? Yours hopefully, Georgie xxx.
200words (or less) review: This book came highly recommended as a feel good read. I can only second that recommendation.
Georgie is a lovable, realistic and emotional teen who emails her favourite soap star, only it turns out it’s not him that answers. Instead Georgie begins an eMate friendship with Nan, Dylan’s mother. The story takes place over the summer holidays and is narrated completely by the emails between Georgie and Nan.
Both characters are likable and have clear distinctive voices. What takes this book from good to wonderful is Georgie herself. Her life isn’t easy, there are some serious issues addressed over the course of the story, but she remains goodhearted and caring despite it.
This might be the first book by Siobhan Curham I’ve read but it will not be the last. The writing is witty, sharp and story builds brilliantly.
I had such a big smile on my face while reading, I hope you do to.