Monday, December 30, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley
Katherine Reay

Sam, a foster child, has been in the system for years. Before she entered the system, she lived with her abusive and dysfunctional family. As a result, she has retreated into the classics. She can't seem to figure out how to relate to the world, so she uses quotes from books to portray how she feels. Her strange and aloof behavior alienate any potential friends and eventuate the loss of her job. Her mentor at the foster home tells her about a grant to further her education. The only requirement is that she write anonymous letters to the benefactor. And this begins her journey into the real world.

The author used Daddy Long Legs as her muse for this book. Since I've read DLL, I knew what was going to happen. But somehow this didn't lessen my enjoyment. I've read all of the negative reviews for this book. And while I could probably agree with a lot of what they say, somehow that didn't matter with this book. I loved it. I loved the throw back to an old childhood favorite. I'm a huge Jane Austen fan so I loved the quotes thrown around throughout the book. I'm a runner, so that part resonated with me. The story has light, unbelievable parts and deep, heart wrenching bits. This is a book that will keep bouncing around in my head for quite some time. It's romantic, convicting, heartwarming, dramatic, and full of fantasy. It has everything and somehow it touched me. I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next.

I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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