Friday, August 19, 2011

Dreamland : Book Review

Summary : Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned her back on her family's expectations by running off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's sudden fists, lost in her search for herself.

Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships--and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way.


My Opinion : Having read two other Dessen books, I knew that this author wrote about teen problems. So I knew which kind of book I was going to read.

Sarah Dessen's writing is as always, nice, but really hard on the emotions. Dessen approaches the subject of a boyfriend beating up his girlfriend, which is a touchy subject, but Dessen doesn't scare the reader off.

*Sniff sniff* Poor Caitlin. Her life went from pretty normal to disastrous. All because, on her sixteenth birthday, her older sister decided to run off with her boyfriend. Then, Caitlin met Rogerson. And there goes her normal life. I absolutely hate Rogerson!

After this book, Dessen got me wanting more of her writing, and so Along for the Ride will be the next novel of hers I will be reading.

4/5 stars

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