Dear Reader by Mary O'Connell

Dear Reader

Gilmore 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...

Title:Dear Reader
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages

Dear Reader Reviews

  • Allison
    Oct 24, 2016

    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

    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 pretty much any teen.

    A must-read for fans of literary contemporary YA or classic lit nerds!

  • Katerina Kondrenko
    Feb 19, 2017

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

  • Gillian
    Sep 19, 2016

    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

  • Molly
    Sep 23, 2016

    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.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Mar 22, 2017

    Oh my gosh! This book just sounds super cute and I am so excited about the fact that it is a Wuthering Heights retelling. The whole mystery surrounding the teacher’s disappearance and the aspects of magical realism have me very intrigued. Definitely a great addition to my spring TBR!

  • Book Riot Community
    Oct 20, 2016

    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 the pages of a

    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 the pages of an old copy of Wuthering Heights. Which really is quite the peculiar story, but the writing is so captivating I just went along for the ride, enjoying all the irreverent humor and earnest angst in equal measure. This is a story for anyone who believes in the power books have to help you figure out your life and remind you to go out and live it.

    — Molly Wetta

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  • Rachel Strolle
    Dec 28, 2016

    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

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)
    Dec 30, 2016

    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:

    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:

    Like.... I just... No....

    To be fair, I am not a huge fan of Wuthering Heights and it is technically a retelling of this, but it also included parts of Wuthering Heights and I just could not handle it. I was planning on hate reading this one because it was just SO bad, but I really don't have the time to read a bad book right now so I am stopping it now. I gave it enough time since I almost stopped after the first page.

    Sadly I do not recommend this one. At all. Sorry folks.

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