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Dear Reader by Mary O'Connell


Dear Reader

by Mary O’Connell

For Flannery Fields, the only respite from the mean girls at school is Miss Sweeney’s English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn’t show up to teach her favourite book, Wuthering Heights, Flannery knows something is wrong.

When the police are called, Flannery surrenders everything except for Miss Sweeney’s precious dog-eared, annotated copy of Wuthering Heights. When she opens it later, it has transformed into her teacher’s real-time diary. It appears 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, the diary as her guide. There she meets Heath, British, handsome and incredibly smart – yet he’s never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. He could almost have stepped from the pages of Brontë’s novel …


‘Weird and wonderful . . . a story for anyone who believes in the power of books to help you figure out your life and remind you to go out and live it.’

‘[Dear Reader] neatly juxtaposes Flannery’s anticipation of the ’adventure, reinvention, [opportunity] to become someone new with Miss Sweeney’s journal entries, illuminating the complex chaos of life and love, demonstrating that seemingly inconsequential choices and people can have lingering effects. The use of Wuthering Heights intensifies the impact of Flannery and Miss Sweeney’s corresponding journeys; even readers who haven’t read the classic will find significance in the parallels.’

‘I loved Dear Reader—the wild romance of it, the joy in the language, and the celebration of the imagination that the whole book is. It’s like a book dipped in love, and I can’t think of another quite like it.’
ALISON UMMINGER, author of American Girls

‘Dear Reader breaks the YA genre wide open. Captivating, intelligent, and exquisitely written.’
WENDY LAWLESS, New York Times bestselling author of Chanel Bonfire

‘Imaginative, fresh, and sometimes wickedly funny, and a book with real compassion at its core. I loved everything about it.’
LAURA MORIARTY, New York Times bestselling author of The Chaperone

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