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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419701657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419701658
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deliberate in pace and carefully insightful in its investigation of character, Chamber's latest is a work of art that repays multiple readings" -- Michael Cart Booklist "Packed to the brim with challenging ideas, the latest from Chambers is simultaneously an acutely observed and surprising love story. An organic yet intricately crafted story of self-discovery ... This is a generous gift" Publishers Weekly "This is a teasingly provocative and touching cross-generational story, written with a rare candour about love, sex, thoughts of suicide and growing old" -- Julia Eccleshare Guardian "Chambers is so skilled, so calmly truthful in his writing. What emerges is not just a moving, unexpected story of the complexity of teenagers, but also a story of later life, of ageing and loss, and what experience really means" -- Patrick Ness Guardian "It takes a writer with the superb skill and sensitivity of Chambers to adapt the Cyrano de Bergerac story and turn it into a modern tale of grief, growth and acceptance ... Great tenderness, authentic dialogue and elegantly crafted plotting. A book to be read and re-read" -- Sally Morris Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Aidan Chambers has received international acclaim and won every major young adult prize, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal. He lives in Gloucester, England, with his wife, Nancy. To learn more, visit him online at www.aidanchambers.co.uk.

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The pace is kind of slow, but this wouldn't be a story you could rush.
Heather
I enjoyed the thoughts of writing and books but I really love the two main characters and the relationship they developed.
Melissa A. Palmer
That said, Dying to Know You could be a tough sell, because it is just very much not like what I would have expected.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Karl is dyslexic so he hates to write. He also doesn't know how to express himself very well. When Karl's girlfriend Fiorella asks him to answer some questions she has by writing out his answers Karl turns to Fiorella's favorite author for help.

Not only is this author helping Karl with searching out his inner most feelings, but Karl is helping the author by once again giving him a reason and will to write after his wife's death.

Karl and the author develop a friendship that manages to withstand many ups and downs as they both explore who they are. They relate with each other in that the author can see that he and Karl have many of the same character qualities. Karl is brooding and moody and insecure, the author can see many of the same qualities in himself. He helps Karl deal with those emotions throughout the book.

The story was written from the authors point of view.We never know what the authors name is. I enjoyed how much he helped Karl discover himself. He helped Karl through depression and other emotions by offering wise advice or just listening when Karl had something to say. In return Karl gave the author a reason to start writing again after the death of his wife. There were a few sexual situations, but nothing graphic. There was also a bit of language. I think this was a story of healing both for Karl and for the author that befriended him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on April 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Contemporary books are becoming my new favorite thing at the moment, so I was very happy to sit down and start reading this book. It helps that I really admire the author of Dying to Know You and I have read other books written by him in the past. He is a great writer who always comes up with the most interesting of stories.

First 50 Pages: Dying to Know You is extremely unique for a young adult novel for one particular reason, the narrator. Usually teenage characters are the narrators in books meant for young adults, but in Dying to Know You, the story is told from the perspective of an unnamed old man who is a writer that Karl goes to in order to receive help with writing a love letter to his girlfriend, Fiorella. I've never come across anything quite like this before while reading a book meant for young adults. Personally, I really enjoyed the voice of the old man right from the beginning of the book. However, I can see where some younger readers might feel disconnected from the story and its characters simply because of the narrators' age. As I continued to read the book, I found the writing style to be quite poetic almost and intriguing. I wasn't at all disappointed with the pace even though it did start out on the slower side. For some reason, Dying to Know You reminds me of several Nicolas Sparks novels and I can't quite pin-point why other than the writing style seemed similar.

Characters & Plot: The main plot followed a boy named Karl who decides he really wants to hang on to his girlfriend, Fiorella, who had asked him to write her a letter telling her all about who he really is deep inside. Karl basically has no idea what to do, and he isn't very good with words or writing, so he tracks down Fiorella's favorite author to help him write the letter.
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By donna on May 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Very thoughtful and engaging.Wish I would have had a mentor like the author. Is a good read for adults.Encouraging and uplifting.
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By JGC on November 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the second book I've read this year (the first was Gilead) in which the narrator is a 70 something year-old man addressing a boy. In this, the boy is an 18 year-old confused by love and trying to discover who he really is and what he really values in life. The narrator, in trying to help him, makes some significant insights about himself in the process.
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By LalaC on July 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just finished reading the book, which I did in less than twenty four hours and I have to say that I loved every bit of it. The characters are endearing and the plot flows effortlessly. The relationship between Karl and the writer develops beautifylly as the story moves on. Great secon characterd too! I say "well done Mr Chambers"!
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Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers (YA)

Karl asks a local writer to help him communicate with his girlfriend, who has ordered him to answer her sheet of questions in grammatically correct writing. Karl has dyslexia and feels unsure about his writing and since the writer is one of his girlfriend's favorite authors, he thought that this may be a better way of answering her questions. The two men begin a friendship and begin to help and learn from each other. Both find in the other something that will fill the gap that has been in their lives.

This was a good, quick read. I enjoyed the thoughts of writing and books but I really love the two main characters and the relationship they developed. I enjoyed this book.

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By Paige W. on September 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't believe I had missed the release of Aidan Chambers' Dying to Know You. College had probably taken over my life by the release date of his new book, so I had probably gotten behind on all the reading I actually wanted to do, sadly enough. So when I finally checked Aidan's website, I saw that his new young adult novel was out. I immediately signed into Amazon.com and clicked on the button that said "Buy Now."

This story isn't just about a teenage romance, as the cover jacket suggests. It's about relationships between people, death, growing old, coming of age, finding one's passion, finding one's passion but not knowing what to do with it, and so much more. Although the plot line seems to resemble a modern day twist on Cyrano de Bergerac, that's not what this story is exclusively. Yes, young Karl is hot for Fiorella and goes looking for help from an author in order to win her over. Karl has dyslexia, you see, and his fair maiden has asked him to write about himself. You can see the problem this presents. But when Karl goes to the unnamed writer for help, the older man decides to help him. But the two would-be companions both get a whole lot more out of the deal than they bargained for.

In Aidan's newest young adult novel, new-found relationships await an angsty teenaged boy and an aging writer--both of whom had never realized how much they needed each other.

Because I'm a huge fan of Aidan's and know his work well--I own all seven of his YA novels and I've read one of them over five times--this book presents a mystery to me: it seems that this story could have happened to Aidan himself, so I really enjoyed the curiousness of a possible double story line involved with this book.

In many of Aidan's books, there are tons of Oscar Wilde references.
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