Dying to Know You

Dying to Know You 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 d

  • Title: Dying to Know You
  • Author: Aidan Chambers
  • ISBN: 9781419701658
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 repliKarl, 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.This is Aidan Chambers Dying to Know You.

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    1. Dying to Know You was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Abrams.Expected Publication Date: April 1st 2012Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!2.5 starsThe Storyline"OK. Let me sum up and you can tell me if I've got it right. You've met a girl you admire and would like to keep her as your girlfriend. She fancies you and she wants to know about your private life, your intimate self, because she believes that real friends - let's say, lovers - tell each other about their secret selve [...]

    2. Why did I read it?So I'm supposed to read an award winning book for my Young Adult Lit class. Easy enough, right? Unless you're me. lol. I was shelving some books, and one said "Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award." Thought, cool, award winner, check! Only after getting half way through did I realize it was referring to the author, Aidan Chambers, not that particular book, Dying to Know You.What happened?Young man, Karl, walks into an aging author's office and asks for his help. Karl has a gir [...]

    3. * edited for typosFree eBook preview courtesy of Net Galley. Thank you!I knew the name Aidan Chambers from the time I've spent over the last few months reading all the Mock Printz books for the workshop my library put on. It was an enjoyable few months of reading and feel like the time was well worth it. Aidan Chambers won the Printz award a few years ago, so I thought I'd give his newest book a go. It's hard to know what you are getting into with an eBook. I can't judge a book by it's cover, fo [...]

    4. 3.5 ish.This was a light, quick read. It is told from the POV of a writer, who tells the story of a dyslexic boy who comes seeking the writer's help in order to impress his stuck-up girlfriend basically. The whole thing with the writer telling the story was an original idea, but i wouldn't think it was the best. Because it's written in first person, you'd think we'd get to know the writer better or know his story but we didn't know much about him, as his purpose was only to tell the story of the [...]

    5. This book is bad. Like I really didn't like it at all. I had many issues with this book but I will try and summarise it into the top three.Firstly, this story is told from the point of view of an elderly author who has made friends with a young high school boy. From beginning to end this creeped me out, it just felt far too unrealistic. But on top of this, the old man thinks extremely highly of himself, often assuming that it must be him to fix any of the problems that arise. This was unimaginab [...]

    6. THREE WORDS: Quietly Beautiful & BreathtakingMY REVIEW: Aidan Chambers’ Dying To Know You turned out to be quite an unexpected and wonderfully unusual Contemporary YA read.Shy, endearing Karl’s girlfriend Fiorella has asked him to bare his soul and feelings in the form of letters to her, in which he answers a set of questions she has asked. Karl doesn’t feel as if he can do this in a way that will impress Fiorella, so he seeks the help of Fiorella’s favorite author. And in a very Cyr [...]

    7. Ho già letto un po' di libri di questo autore, ma finora Muoio dalla voglia di conoscerti è il mio preferito.Adoro che il protagonista sia un signore anziano e mi piace il rapporto tra lui e un ragazzo più giovane che viene a chiedergli aiuto.In qualche modo si completano a vicenda, ma si aiutano anche a colmare le loro mancanze.Una lettura veloce che ho amato.

    8. I was super duper excited to read this book. I thought the plot was really interesting and sweet, and I was craving something fluffy and adorable. I have to say that I'm left feeling a little disappointed.There were absolutely some great parts and those little passages that I found very thought provoking and profound, but I just found the novel to be a little bit boring. The author is British, and sometimes I found his writing a little hard to understand, terms wise. The writing format was also [...]

    9. This one's a tie between 3.5 and 4.So, I heard about this from Laura (Boundless Bindings). You have a guy that wants to impress the girl he likes by getting her favorite writer to help him write answers to questions she wants him to answer. Easier said than done when Karl is dyslexic. And from there, a slow friendship and bond grows between the writer and Karl. This one, I had taken a longer break than I thought and finally saw it on the shelf and continued to read where I left off. The writing [...]

    10. Primo libro di Aidan Chambers che leggo e sicuramente non sarà nemmeno l'ultimo.Ho deciso di leggerlo perchè una booktuber che seguo (ciao Erika) ne parla in ogni suo video, quindi mi sono detta : perchè no? Provare non mi costa nulla.Ho amato ogni singola pagina. Lo stile di scrittura di Chambers è molto particolare. Va dritta al punto, non ci sono giri di parole. Linguaggio che anche se è semplice ha il potere di farti provare emozioni. I personaggi li ho trovati davvero realistici e l'am [...]

    11. Dying To Know You is unlike any book I've read before. It's told from an author's perspective (someone we never learn the name of and kind of have to learn things about as the story continues). I liked it, but the story was just too slow for me and, if it wasn't for a challenge, I might not have had any desire to finish it -- just didn't grab my attention.

    12. I like the beginning of the novel better than its ending But I liked it anyhow Wish we could produce such novels for Iranian young adults too Such a pity

    13. Una bella scoperta. Nonostante sia un romanzo per ragazzi, lo scrittore affronta argomenti importanti, che portano a riflettere molto. Ho adorato i personaggi, costruiti alla perfezione, di cui ho percepito ogni emozione, e la trama, mai scontata, dall'evoluzione sorprendente.Adesso sono molto curiosa di leggere dell'altro di questo autore!

    14. *1.5 star rating* What the heck am I reading.That's exactly what I was going through by the time I finished this book. I'm still wondering,why?Why did I want to finish this book so badly, instead of putting it down, throwing it across the room, and stomp on it? One word-yearning.I purchased this book because I was craving for something beautiful and wondrous, and that something wasbookish romance.What's more cuter than two bookworms and writers falling in love with each other? Nothing, almost no [...]

    15. Originally reviewed on my blog, Pen to Paper.Dying to Know You is perhaps most unique in the way it has been written. When I first read the synopsis, I expected it to be from the point of view of the teenage boy, but it isn't. The entire story is written from the point of view of a 75-year-old man – a writer – and it soon becomes clear that the novel itself is supposed to be a kind of fictional non-fiction.Whereas I think this is a good idea in theory, I'm not sure it worked well as it could [...]

    16. “’OK. Let me sum up and you can tell me if I’ve got it right. You’ve met a girl you admire and would like to keep her as your girlfriend. She fancies you and she wants to know about your private life, your intimate self, because she believes that real friends – let’s say, lovers – tell each other about their secret selves. And she insists on you writing this. But you don’t even like talking about yourself, and writing would be torture because of your dyslexia. So you’ve come to [...]

    17. The story is a simple one. It’s of one asking the help of another. And it’s the other finding inspiration again. But it’s also both of them finding a connection where none was expected. Yet as simple as those three things sound, things did get more and more dense with progression. The dialogue played a part in that. There’s much too much talking and describing and little happening. But I suspect those four and five star reviews on this one loved that aspect of it, it just wasn’t for me [...]

    18. This was an interesting contemporary novel. The narrator of the novel is an aging author and young Karl. Karl is dyslexic and therefore asks the narrator for help writing emails to his girlfriend, Fiorella who is the narrator's fan. As the novel progresses Karl and the narrator develop a strong bond, going through countless misunderstandings, ensues and results in a startling discovery, a near tragedy, and unexpected friendships. The novel is smart and touches on depression, identity and finding [...]

    19. Non avrei dovuto leggere subito questo libro, perché avevo cose più importanti da leggere/fare, eppure una volta iniziato non sono riuscito a staccarmene.Con questo libro Aidan Chambers non solo si riconferma un grande maestro, ma probabilmente anche uno dei miei autori preferiti; pur avendo letto solo quattro dei suoi libri non vedo l'ora di recuperare i restanti.E il bello delle sue opere è che si aprono con un unico spunto, breve e semplice, per poi diventare tutt'altro: le interpretazioni [...]

    20. A veces la voz de la sabiduría necesita callarse un poco.No conecté con la historia porque el narrador se me hizo demasiado denso y reflexivo, ni hablar que es como un sueño hecho realidad leer cada dos párrafos sobre los problemas de próstata del señor y como se mea a cada rato, cosas obviamente re relevantes para la trama, imagínense *ojos en blanco*La historia está más o menos linda, tiene buenos momentos pero en general re pesada.

    21. Questo libro mi ha sconvolto. Sconvolto perché per la seconda volta Chambers mi presenta una trama di per sé semplice, ma che più si dipana e più ti rendi conto essere costruita divinamente."Muoio dalla voglia di conoscerti" narra la storia di un anziano scrittore a cui un ragazzo di nome Karl (dislessico e introverso) chiede aiuto per accontentare la frizzante fidanzata Fiorella e raccontarle di sé tramite la scrittura.Inizia quindi un bellissimo rapporto prima di collaborazione fra i due [...]

    22. I will confess: I'm not really sure how to be concise with my observations of Dying to Know You. It is just one of "those kinds" of books.Geared towards Young Adults, but narrated by an unnamed man in his seventies, Dying to Know you is certainly an interesting read to say the least. Much of the book is dialogue-driven, and this is especially so with the first few pages. It was actually a bit refreshing, because I find that it's so easy to fall into a rut -as a writer and a reader- and it's alwa [...]

    23. When you first read the title "Dying to know you" you assume the story is going to be about teenage dating problems Which makes you think "Hmm, do I really want to read this?" However the title is totally deceiving. The story is told by a Novelist (in the story) who one day is approached by Karl, who is seeking help in order to write responses to Fiorella, a girl who Karl is dating, as she is using writing a way of communicating to get to know Karl even more. Although she is unaware that he is d [...]

    24. I was a bit hesitant in starting Dying to know you, for once, it was narrated by an older man (in his 60s, based on some descriptions), and that is a first for young adult novels! Basically Karl, an 18 year old boy, asks for help from this older man, to help him with his girlfriend. Fiorella, the girlfriend, gave Karl a list of questions and asked him to answer them, a way to get to know Karl better. Karl thought that what better way to do it than getting help from Fiorella's favorite author? Fo [...]

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