Dear Reader

Dear Reader

Gilmore Girls meets Wuthering Heights in Mary O’Connell’s Dear Reader, a whip-smart, poignant, modern-day take on Emily Brontë’s classic novel.

For seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields, the only respite from the plaid-skirted mean girls at Sacred Heart High School is her beloved teacher Miss Sweeney’s AP English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn’t show up to teach Flannery’s favorite book, Wuthering Heights, leaving behind her purse, Flannery knows something is wrong.

The police are called, and Flannery gives them everything―except Miss Sweeney’s copy of Wuthering Heights. This she holds onto. And good thing she does, because when she opens it, it has somehow transformed into Miss Sweeney’s real-time diary. It seems 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, with the book as her guide. But as soon as she arrives, she meets a boy named Heath. Heath is British, on a gap year, incredibly smart―yet he’s never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. In fact, Flannery can’t help thinking that he seems to have stepped from the pages of Brontë’s novel. Could it be that Flannery is spending this topsy-turvy day with her ultimate fictional romantic hero, Heathcliff, reborn in the twenty-first century?

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Dear Reader is an Indie Next pick!

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.

―Book Riot

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.

―Publishers Weekly

This genre-bender features lit-up language and a story unlike any I’ve read.

―Melissa Albert, BN Teen Blog

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

In a world of Apple stores and texts, can literature still be a guide to life? Mary O’Connell’s Dear Reader sends its heroine, Flannery Fields, on a daring mission to find out. Armed with a dog-eared copy of Wuthering Heights and O’Connell’s intoxicating, funny, and genre-bending prose, she discovers that reading remains the key to understanding the human heart, even in modern day New York. And readers of this novel will discover an unforgettable testament to the power of imagination, friendship, and our enduring capacity for self-discovery.

―Whitney Terrell, author of The Good Lieutenant

I am broken-hearted that these characters aren’t my real-life friends.

―Katrina Leno, author of The Lost & Found