Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: Dear Mr. Knightley

"Dear Mr. Knightley" is basically a new "You've Got Mail" for literature lovers, especially Jane Austen fans. Except for a final ending chapter, the entire book is written as letters exchanged between Sam Moore and the anonymous man (Mr. Knightley) whose foundation sponsors her education.

Along the way she meets one of her favorite modern authors and develops a friendship with him. Along with her confessional letters, that friendship leads her to open up, make friends and grow as a person. Her character is a lot of fun because she often quotes from various literary characters in her responses to the people around her, but she also has a very deep and moving past.

I thought the letter format of the book, but Katherine Reay has Sam writing in prose that makes her letters more like fiction than entries in a diary. Although this means the letters come across as unrealistic (and far too revealing, at least at the start when the letters are only supposed to focus on her progress at school), their format is what makes them worth reading. And of course, every girl loves a good love story. This is a fantastic novel, especially considering it is Reay's first. Oh, yea, and I can't get over how cute and creative the novel's cover artwork is.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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