Dear Reader

Dear Reader Gil Girls with magical realism Dear Reader is an original poignant modern day take on Wuthering Heights as a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff co

  • Title: Dear Reader
  • Author: MaryO'Connell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Gil Girls with magical realism Dear Reader is an original, poignant modern day take on Wuthering Heights, as a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to lifeFor seventeen year old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School at is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney sGil Girls with magical realism Dear Reader is an original, poignant modern day take on Wuthering Heights, as a high school senior searches for her teacher and meets a boy who may just be Heathcliff come to lifeFor seventeen year old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School at is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney s AP English class But when Miss Sweeney doesn t show up to teach Flannery s favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything except Miss Sweeney s copy of Wuthering Heights This she holds onto And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney s real time diary It seems Miss Sweeney is in New York City and she s in trouble So Flannery does something very unFlannery like she skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath Heath is British, on a gap year, incredibly smart yet he s never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank In fact, Flannery can t help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Bront s novel Could it be With inimitable wit and heart, Mary O Connell has crafted a love letter to reading, to the books that make us who we are Dear Reader, charming and heartbreaking, is a novel about finding your people, on the page in the world.

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    1. Didn't like this book like I was hoping I would. The author seemed like she wanted to write a Nancy Drew, fun, and intriguing romance type story, where the two love interests were both smart, sarcastic, and lovable, with a witty and sometimes snarky sense of humor. In my opinion she missed that goal by like 90 miles. Instead the entire story was boring, overly 'brainy' and just plain awkward and confusing 98% of the time😓 So, not a fan of this one, unfortunately😕

    2. This weird and wonderful book doesn’t come out for months (sorry!) but I just can’t wait to talk about it. Mary O’Connell’s writing transports the reader—to a sun-baked rock in the Flint Hills of Kansas at sunset, to a bathroom stall in a Catholic girls’ school in Connecticut, to the back of a cab zooming through upper Manhattan, as if you are sitting beside Flannery Fields all along as she searches for her missing English teacher with the help of her strange diary that appears on th [...]

    3. 5.5 out of 10 Unique structure, interesting topic, but I missed strong emotions (maybe it's the underplots' fault, those were too simple for my liking).

    4. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book and decided to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.DNF @ 15%Look. I wanted to like this. I wanted to REALLY LIKE THIS. But it is so awkwardly (and, quite frankly, poorly) written that I could not handle it. I was sending quotes to Dani from the book and neither of us could believe this was going to be a published novel. They were just terrible. This is the quote that made me stop:Here it is, here is how one becomes the Alpha Doggett: Listen, de [...]

    5. Dear Reader is not my usual kind of read, but I'm a huge Wuthering Heights fan and I enjoyed seeing echoes of it in both Flannery's and Miss Sweeney's stories. I'm not sure I loved either narrative voice but this was still compulsively readable and poignantly written. Miss Sweeney's diary had me in slow-rolling tears a few times. There's great crossover potential as well, with the popularity of literary "scavenger hunt" novels, and Flannery's pre-college soul-searching should resonate with prett [...]

    6. I super want to read this but I'm mostly confused why this apparent take on Wuthering Heights has a Jane Eyre reference for a title

    7. This is a story for anyone who believes in the power books to help you figure out your life and remind you to go out and live it.

    8. Well, that was a wandering, convoluted, ambitious taled I think I liked it? Be forewarned, that Gilmore Girls nod in the summary is not all that appropo, except maybe for the fast-talking and that might only be because I listened to the audio on double speed. ;) But on the whole, I found the narrative transformative, at least for the main character. I'm not sure that I'm all that changed for having read this story, but I did enjoy the literary scavenger hunt aspect of it. It also made me want t [...]

    9. Dear Reader is one of the most entertaining books you will ever pick up. O'Connell has created world infused with a tiny bit of book-magic and a bit more Wuthering Heights (though manages to keep it totally accessible if you, like me, cannot get through the classic Bronte novel). Filled with sharp quips, complicated mentors, and a one-of-a-kind adventure, Dear Reader is something that you will treasure for a long time

    10. It was the Gilmore Girls comparisons that got me. The book didn't follow through on that one bit. I went into this book for all the wrong reasons. The biggest issue is that I have never read Wuthering Heights. There were references to the classic story, but more than anything this is a modern-day retelling of the novel. Because of this, any similarities between the two were lost on me.Basically Flannery really loves her AP English teacher Miss Sweeney. When her teacher doesn't show up for class [...]

    11. Wow. What an amazing read.This is one of the only book reviews I have ever wrote, but this book deserves it.First of all, this book truly applies to all. Yes, it might be considered young adult, but O'Connell's writing displays a fresh novel that will delight all types of readers, young and old. The language is beautiful, the plot feels new, and I was never bored while reading, which is a great accomplishment for any book considering our technology driven nation. Furthermore, a good book, at lea [...]

    12. I won this book in a giveaway. I wish I had won literally any other book or not even won a book at all. That's how terrible this book is. Let's list the reasons:1. The premise makes literally no sense. One day this girl Flannery shows up at school and her favorite teacher Miss Sweeney hasn't come in. So Flannery steals her purse (???? WHY WOULD YOU EVER???) and then discovers that her teacher's copy of Wurthering Heights has turned into a real-time diary. So what does Flannery do? SHE READS IT [...]

    13. Dear Reader by Mary O'ConnellRelease Date: May 9, 2017 (TODAY)DNF @ .ery percent again*I won this as part of a giveaway - trust me, this totally didn't sway my review XD*I read this book back in the day called Wuthering High. It back when I totally had questionable book likes, but I still thought it was pretty good. It included all of these epic literature classic references, and even though I totally did not know most of them. XD That's what I expected this book to be, but what I got wasweirdn [...]

    14. A recieved an ARC of this book on March 30th in a giveaway. My expressed opinion is my own though.This was a wonderful escape! It is a peculiar story, but charming.I did not see this as a modern day Wuthering Heights at all though. I have never read a book with such an unusual structure and premise before and I did not see it as being derived from any other book. While the book was not what I expected, I delighted in every second of reading it. I recommend it to anyone who believes in the power [...]

    15. Poignant, thoughtful, and engrossing, the parallel stories of two young women longing for more, it was absolutely encapsulating and I could not put it down. Flannery's hunt for her missing teacher, and her own true self, are two things any young person could relate to. With language that is delectable, Dear Reader will capture the hearts of those who loved Tell the Wolves I'm Home. Look for it in 2017.

    16. Nobody writes with more wit, intelligence and humanity than Mary O’Connell. Dear Reader follows the journeys of two uncommonly smart, perceptive women and their love of books. It’s a beautiful story how books are a refuge in a world that doesn’t always appreciate sensitive and thoughtful young women. Mary has an amazing ability to lift even the most mundane details of life, like a young mother in a Laundromat with her child, and turn it into something sublime. Get it!

    17. Smart, funny and beautifully written. Flannery is the kind of heroine you feel good about rooting for, and O'Connell's skillful rendering of her hopeful embrace of Heath and her genuine affection and worry for her teacher is a dead-on portrayal of the balancing act that is adolescence. This story packs an emotional punch for anyone who has ever despaired of finding their place in the world.

    18. 2.5 - None of the characters were likable, and Flannery was way too obsessed with her teacher. Chill, girl.

    19. And this, my friends, is why I am opposed to studying creative writing: because it often results in writing exercises masquerading as novels. "Oh look how clever I am! See this metaphor I can make? And then see how I can criticize it for being a metaphor? Applaud my pretentious work of literary art!" (This is also why I don't enjoy reading literary fiction. You say "carefully constructed"; I say "trying too hard".)I was a bookish teenager, and I can't imagine liking this as a teenager. Or maybe [...]

    20. This was interesting. At first I liked this book but then it got really, really weird. The writing style is super detached and almost old fashioned but also not? I can't even describe what I mean, it was so weird. I couldn't connect to any of the characters AT ALL. Also, Flannery's obsession with Miss Sweeney was reallyrange. It got weird to the point of being uncomfortable. Like she would think about how if her thoughts were written her teacher would correct them. She mentioned that at least on [...]

    21. I loved this book. Mary O’Connell, with her beautiful prose, took me on such a wonderful literary journey in DEAR READER. It’s an English major’s dream combination of stories, combining the three narratives, if you include Wuthering Heights. I don’t like to give spoilers in reviews – I prefer to read books without knowing too much going in. This is what I can tell you: I was captured from the first page. I loved the characters voices and how O’Connell blended them with Emily Brontë [...]

    22. In Dear Reader, Mary O'Connell's unique style and word-smithing capture the story of Flannery, a teenage girl whose most respected teacher mysteriously goes missing. This magical story, part mystery, part coming of age, part literary reincarnation, part pop-culture expose, unfolds as Flannery pursues Miss Sweeney to New York City, hoping to save her from disaster. O'Connell's original and poetic language swept me into this alternate reality and delivered me to the final scene with great sensitiv [...]

    23. ARC from PublisherA modern retelling of Wuthering Heights with a magical twist. High school senior, Flannery Fields, finds her AP English teacher missing one day with her purse left behind. Flannery discovers her teacher's copy of the book but with a twist. The text transforms into Miss Sweeney's real-time diary. Adventures in New York City and a boy who seems ripped from a Brontë novel await Flannery if she just decides to do the unexpected. Page turner that will keep you guessing, and laughin [...]

    24. I bought this book for my teen daughter and read it myself too. The concept itself is so creative and it is beautifully executed by O'Connell to make every moment with it enjoyable. I went back and ordered more for all the YA readers in my life! A great read for YA for sure, and for us not so young adults it's a thought provoking and fun look back to pivotal times in the transition to adulthood. 5 stars.

    25. I did not like this book. I read it in the hopes that I could recommend it to a student or two, but I was so disappointed at so many turns. I like the idea, but something failed in the execution. The characters fell flat and the story ended with a burp, not a bang. Sad face.

    26. This has got to be one the weirdest and awkward books I have ever read, but I love it! This is a new kind of YA novel that I feel like a lot of us will appreciate. I highly recommend finishing it once you start. I know that's weird to say like "why wouldn't I finish it?", but I can see how some readers might get a bit frustrated. In this book we meet Flannery who is a very smart girl who loves to learn. She's pretty much the only person in her whole school who loves to learn and read. She's also [...]

    27. DNF. There is a very clear Bronte hierarchy - it goes Anne, Charlotte, and then, barely registering, Emily. Anne is criminally underappreciated, though Tenant of Wildfell Hall has more worth than all of Charlotte's and Emily's literary contributions combined, and her remaining novels are no less wonderful. Anne is, without question, the superior Bronte. Charlotte produced two good books (one of them NOT being Jane Eyre, which is merely decent) and a few stinkers. Emily wrote perhaps one of my mo [...]

    28. I don't know why I thought this was, like, a thriller or a mystery or whatever, but I listened to one of eight discs and wasn't loving this. Then I read the summary on the back of the case, and seeing the summary here - magical realism? Pass. I don't know how I missed that before. (Or maybe I saw it and was drawn in by the Gilmore Girls mention? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)Not that this was bad. It was an interesting premise and I liked the narrator of this audiobook. Even the main character seemed okay, and [...]

    29. This is such an interesting book. I definitely don't think it's for everyone. It's really driven by the main character Flannery's thoughts more than anything else, which was harder to get into in the beginning, but I was quickly engrossed in what I was reading. But the writing is whimsical and enchanting. I can honestly say I haven't read anything like it. Since it says this in the summary, it's not spoilers. Flannery finds her teacher's copy of Wuthering Heights except the inside has transforme [...]

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