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Dear Anjali Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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Don't be concerned that the story is launched by the death of the speaker's best friend. This event is handled gently and balanced with insight and humor; it is completely appropriate for teen or pre-teen readers. Moreover, although dealing with the death of a friend is (fortunately) something that few teens experience, the event provides the framework for a story full of themes that every teen (and adult) will understand and relate to. One of the key themes of the book is following the trajectory of first seeing a friend with pure and unrealistic admiration, to recognizing imperfections and duplicity, and back to a realistic and mature appreciation of the shared ground. What teen, or former teen, can't relate to that? Kids who connect well to books and writing but are less confident about their social connectedness will particularly see themselves here, and rejoice.
"Dear Anjali" was a great read. It can't be easy to treat a serious subject like a friend's unexpected passing, while neither becoming glum nor seeming irreverent. The book pulls it off by skimming over the details of Anjali's death and focusing on best friend Meredith's efforts to cope. But it's also a healthy middle-school romance -- so there is a lot going on, and the characters are both likable and real enough that I always wanted to hear more from them.
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This book had an interesting end but I found majority of the content repetitive and I felt that most of the book was about a girl crying about losing her friend and fawning over a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PriyankaReads
I've read this book several times and I love it enough to know I'll read it again. If you've ever had a best friend, and if you've ever fallen in love... this book is for you. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by surfinnsb