In Dying to Know You, Aidan Chambers paints a brilliant picture of human emotion.
Karl is in love with Fiorella, who demands written love letters describing his feelings for her. Not the best writer, Karl finds and begs the assistance of Fiorella’s favorite author, who agrees to write the letters as Karl. What follows is a beautifully written tale of loss, first love, grief, and learning.
This book doesn’t follow the traditional style of writing. Punctuation is few and far between, each line is a new paragraph; time jumps. But instead of being difficult to follow, this technique brings us immediately and fully into the mind of each character. The paragraphs are real, nothing fluffy or fake – every word is something I’d say, or you’d think. Chambers does a marvelous job of portraying each character, every one unique and developed so much that I saw them in my mind. I felt their pain, I saw their discomfort, I knew their feelings.
Though marketed as a Young Adult novel, there is nothing childish about this book. Pick up Dying to Know You today, and you’ll be a better-read person by tomorrow. You won’t regret it.