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Dying to Know You

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling friendship carries tale of author and teen boy.

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The plot does ramble some: What starts off as a Cyrano de Bergerac-type story soon spins to being a tale about depression and a potential suicide. Then the focus changes again to being about Karl's discovery of his artistic drive and the author's insistence that Karl must "go on making" even after his first sculpture is destroyed.

Readers looking for a romanctic read might be disappointed -- the female characters, including Fiorella, are all thinly drawn -- but those willing to ramble along with the story will find a compelling and unusual friendship at the heart of this novel by Printz Award-winning author Aidan Chambers. Karl and the author are on opposite ends of the age spectrum, but their friendship provides each with both love and inspiration.

Book Details

  • Author: Aidan Chambers
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication date: April 1, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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