Book Review: Dying to know You




“Karl, aged seventeen, is hopelessly in love. But the object of his affections, Fiorella, demands proof, and poses him a series of questions regarding his attitude to the many sides of love. But Karl is dyslexic, and convinced that if Fiorella finds out, she will think he is stupid, and unworthy of her, and leave him.
So Karl asks a local writer to help him construct his replies – and an unlikely, but extremely touching, friendship develops between the two men. They both come to learn a great deal about about life from a very different perspective, and when an act of violence shatters their calm, they find their respective appraisal of life shifting in profound ways.”


My thoughts:

There are two types of people, one is an “action person” and the other is a “word person”. Some are better with words and others are better in action. But bear in mind that, words without action is useless and action without words is confusing.

Fiorella is a bright girl and I like the idea of her wanting to have a letter from Karl. I, personally like reading letters. I think it is the sweetest thing. It has the deepest thoughts and secrets of the sender, it also holds a lot of feelings. But, demanding to have an almost  perfect letter isn’t right. She have to accept the differences that people have. Not everyone is like her. And if you truly like someone, you should embrace all his flaws.

Karl is an awesome guy. He maybe broken but he can warm your heart. Although he is a man a few words, his actions speak for himself. I love him. He might not notice but he is way better than any other guy who is not dyslexic. He has this goal, and once he set that goal, he will surely achieve it. He is really amazing.

“The writer” (tho he is not named) is an awesome character too. He reminds me of Walt from Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Morrie in Tuesdays with Morrie. Indeed, experience is the best teacher. Age makes the man wiser. He may not show it but he is a very thoughtful and warm person. He is the best in giving advice.

This story taught me things like:

  1. Age is not important in friendship
  2. You don’t need to change yourself so that people will like you
  3. Set a goal and go for it as long as it makes you happy


This story captivated my heart. It is like finding comfort in strager’s company. I love the flow of the story. I love the letters. I love the lesson in every chapter. Tho the ending is not what I expected, I would still rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I just liked this story so much. I recommend this to you.


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