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Chasing Dreams [Paperback]

Aaron Jennings
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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8 Dec 2008
Have you ever dreamt of getting away from it all for a year, travelling the world, enjoying endless parties and tropical beaches?

Well you're not alone. So has Matt, and finally his adventure to Thailand and Australia is about to begin.

If he can last the first month, the rest will be easy...surely...



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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: youwriteon / Legend Press (8 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849231354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849231350
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever dreamt of getting away from it all for a year, travelling the world, enjoying endless parties and tropical beaches?

Well you're not alone. So has Matt, and finally his adventure to Thailand and Australia is about to begin.

If he can last the first month, the rest will be easy...surely...


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you are a teenager 29 May 2009
Format:Paperback
Well i would totaly suggest this book for younger readers.But if you are older than 20 then propably you will think that the storyline isn' t that exciting.The story lacks of originality and many times is easy to predict.The fact that a big number of really strange and unusual coincidences happen all the time, is a bit annoying too.Nevertheless sometimes the books gets funny and it surely makes you want to hit the road with a backpack on your shoulders, which I believe is the main point.It also describes quite well the feeling of trying to get your first wave...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled 18 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I can only assume that the reviewers who gave this book 5 out of 5 are friends and family of the author.

The story is unoriginal, beaten-path travel based, lame drivel. I think the author must have got as bored as I did based on the swift rounding up of events at the end. But for that, I guess I should be grateful.

I have never before been moved to submit a review, but I feel it is only right to balance out the scoring so as not to lure any other unsuspecting readers into making the same mistake I did in selecting this for my book club read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland, pointless and poorly written. 31 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I presume the author picked up his travel diary from when he was 18, felt fuzzy on the inside with nostalgia and presumed other people would be interested. Wrong.

This book lacks a story line; it ambles along with a few lame observations of a couple of places and extremely dull people. Every time I thought he was building in a story line, nothing happened, which is why it was far more like a diary than a story. If you want to read about a teenage boy getting drunk and latching on to the first boring people he meets in a hostel then this book might be for you.

The book club I belong to read it and scored it as follows:
Technical Merit: 0 out of 40
Enjoyment: 3.5 out of 40

Compare these scores with 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak:
Technical Merit: 35 out of 40
Enjoyment: 36 out of 40
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly terrible 21 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Chasing Dreams is easily the worst novel i've ever read. Essentially an uninteresting main character meets equally as uninteresting people and together they do extremely uninteresting things. I can't think of anything positive to say about this book, the writing is below the level of the average high school creative writing piece and the storyline is hugely contrived yet manages to remain incredibly bland. The most continually annoying thing for me was that each character no matter where in the world they were from spoke in the same thames estuary english as the narrator.

Hopefully this novel was the writer's idea of a joke to con money out of teenagers as unoriginal and patheitc as his main character. Surely no one who has visited thailand or the east coast of australia would be inspired to sincerely create a book as insipid as this?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A chilled-out read about a chilled-out lifestyle 21 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Chasing Dreams's story of a young man's travels in Thailand and Australia describes a world to which many backpackers can relate; read it in bed at night and you're sure to see sugar-white beaches and red-hot sunsets in your dreams.

The main character, Matt, does a lot of drinking, surfing and flirting on his journey - the only thing higher than the waves he chases are his hormone levels - but there's a huge amount of growing up and self-realisation too.

It's a laidback book about a laidback lifestyle so don't expect a particularly challenging read, but it's certainly an enjoyable one. With plenty of funny episodes, it makes a good, lightweight beach read.

I'm not a surfer, but even I wanted to grab a board after reading this!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming but... 15 July 2009
Format:Paperback
This is not a particularly well written book, but neither is it a one star read as others have suggested. It is a diverting and undemanding tale that I'm sure appeals more to the travelling and beach dwelling world than maybe to others. It isn't trying to be clever or overly witty and for that the book has a lot of charm. I felt it needed an edit and pages can ramble on, the descriptive prose is simplisitc and you felt that the views and places that inspired the work deserved a little more effort than they were shown.
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