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...

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Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:304 pages

Dear Reader Reviews

  • Allison

    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

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

  • Gillian

    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

    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.

  • Book Riot Community

    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

    from The Best Books We Read In September 2016:

  • Jamie (Books and Ladders)

    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.

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    Well, that was a wandering, convoluted, ambitious tale...and I think I liked it? Be forewarned, that

     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 wa

    Well, that was a wandering, convoluted, ambitious tale...and I think I liked it? Be forewarned, that

     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 to go back and re-read

    , which I remember enjoying as a teenager, so there's that. The prose in

     is lovely but it also left me feeling empty when the story was said and done, which is how I remember feeling after finishing

    . And yet I can't help but appreciate the parallel stories of two lonely young women, searching for their own stories in the pages of a book.

  • Ashwood

    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😕

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