Dreamland Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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"Powerfully written and not soon forgotten...compelling reading with contemporary teen appeal."
"It''s not only the plot that''s vivid; the characters are also intensely real. Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen." ("Booklist", starred review)
"It's not only the plot that's vivid; the characters are also intensely real. Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen." (Booklist, starred review)
-It's not only the plot that's vivid; the characters are also intensely real. Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen.- (Booklist, starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An original and thought-provoking novel about isolation and independence by a talented young author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I did enjoy the book overall, though, it was a great read and unlike any of Sarah Dessen's other books. Even though it dealt with quite serious issues, it was never too depressing, and it was the sort of book that's hard to put down. I also felt that the ending was very realistic, but also satisfying.
It's one of those books that kind of creep on you, and I completely felt for Caitlin all the way through it. She was a very geniune character, and you can understand why she crumbles the way she does. Rogerson is also a very honest character, and despite his many flaws, he is definitely no 2-dimensional.
It's one of the very few books that have ever made me cry (that's right I'm made of stone) but it not just a sad story. It ends with a positive, sort of uplifting message- I say sort of because Dessen lets you know that recovery is a long process. It really is very good.
The story focuses on Caitlin, a teenager living in the shadow of her older sister, Cass, until Cass runs away from home. Suddenly Caitlin finds herself at a loss without her sister, whilst being the victim of her mother's fussy attention and also forgotten about in the tumult of her sister's disapperance. As a book about the tensions and love between sisters, 'Dreamland' is wonderful enough and I found the novel spoke right to my own experiences of sisterhood.
However the parallel story takes off when Caitlin begins dating Rogerson, a drug dealer, who is unlike anyone she has known before and has many family problems of his own. It is not long before her relationship with Rogerson begins to become damaging and he begins to take his anger out on her. It is this story and the way that Caitlin manages to hide his abuse from everyone she knows that makes the book so powerful. I think that to understand why people in today's society put up with abuse is the key message in the novel, and although I think that I would never remain in a damaging relationship, I never found myself siding against Caitlin's decisions to remain with Rogerson, which in my opinion illustrates the phenomenal persuasive power of Dessen's work.
This is 100% the best of Dessen's books so far and deals with a problem rapidly increasing in everyday society, which teenagers should read about and be aware of.
I recomend this book to anyone who wishes to be drawn into a character's world and see things from a different perspective.
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