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Length: 244 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Angela Carlie writes fiction about young people. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and son. She loves reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling, and is a passionate vegetarian.

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  • File Size: 1519 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gray Days Publishing (January 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTWQXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Angela Carlie writes fiction for adults and teens. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and her dog and cat friends.

She loves reading, writing, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rossi on April 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Dream Smashers was a very difficult read for me. Not because I didn't understand or like it but because it deals with some very tough topics in a very bold, real way. At times elegant, at times thoroughly visceral, the story dives right into meth addiction from the point of view of the addict as well as those around them including family.

The narrator is Autumn whose mother is as toxic as they come, addicted to meth and angry about her past choices and mistakes. Autumn's voice is snarky and funny and very intelligent in spite of her sometimes poor grammar and foul language. With a mother who constantly invades her life and turns it upside down, it's no wonder Autumn's viewpoint is so raw with emotion and frustration and hopelessness. Enter Evan, who appears to be the epitome of light and goodness who comes armed with words of truth and hope and with an easy, sometimes cheesy manner. The two are so well written together that everything else in the plot seems to fall away in the moments when they are together. The romance is gentle and sweet and I enjoyed every second of it.

The other characters are equally well-written and layered. Every one seems to go on a transforming journey through the story, from the supposed drug pushing popular girl to the rough, trouble-magnet best friend. I was so impressed with how each character had their own personal story which we were treated to at least partially through the events of the story as well as layers which were peeled back slowly in response to the central metamorphosis of Autumn's life because of her interactions with Evan.

Parts of this book were so uplifting that it was a joy to read. The scenes of hope and love were just as well-crafted as those that were dark and angry with drugs and alcohol and their aftermaths. Ms.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on April 29, 2011
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Dream Smashers, is a beautifully written debut novel by Angela Carlie. Diving into the taboo and dark world of meth addiction, Angela depicts realistic characters and situations. Each of which reminds us of the necessity for all of those affected, to overcome this powerful demon. Enticing the reader to embark on a journey with Autumn as she searches for something more than the hand she has been dealt. Longing for meaning, in an otherwise bleak existence, Autumn stumbles upon Evan. A boy that brings her a love and faith she has experienced with no other, aside from her grandparents. Dream Smashers provides the reader with a roller coaster of emotions and gives us one of life's greatest lessons... No matter how many obstacles block our path, regardless of who tries to push us down, we must get up, face our challenges head on and strive for all that we can achieve.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Wallace Benefiel on April 5, 2011
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I thought this was a wonderful contemporary YA novel. It deals with several difficult subjects - drug addiction, faith, death - in a eloquent manner. The main character really struck a chord with me as well as the setting - this book takes place close to where I live. Not to sound silly, but the author's descriptions of Pacific Northwest weather are some of the best I've read. It's not a lighthearted read, but there are plenty of funny, real moments - especially between Autumn and Rainy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kiki Deister on April 4, 2011
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Dream Smashers is the debut novel of author Angela Carlie, and it was a novel that was just about impossible to put down once I began. This novel was much darker and much grittier than most young adult novels, very raw. While a coming of age story, it is also the story of a young girl struggling to be more than what life has given her as an example. Autumn's meth-addicted mother is a central figure in the story, having abandoned and emotionally abused Autumn since she was a little girl. Autumn struggles between the love and the worry of a daughter for the woman who is her mother and the hate for the life her mother has chosen over her. When Autumn meets Evan on a blind date, her life changes in unexpected ways, as he is from a life completely unlike her own. He introduces her to spirituality in a way she never expected and she finds a peace and a joy that she has never known.

The author really did an amazing job with her characters. It was very easy to get absorbed into the story with Autumn, to feel her frustration and hurt with her mother, and the stirrings of romance with Evan. Rainy, Autumn's best friend, despite having problems of her own, was also an extremely likeable character and I found myself rooting fer her as well. Evan was definately the white knight of the novel, and he was the perfect hero!

Carlie's writing, although raw and gritty at times, is beautiful. It drew you into the story, in happy parts and in sad, and made you feel as if you were a part of the story. The words aren't always pretty, but they are perfect for the story. Her physical descriptions of Jacinda, Autumn's mother, were definately not pretty, nor easy to read, but they were realistic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By missy on April 8, 2011
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This was an incredibly powerful read. I haven't read a lot of books that went as into depth with families dealing with drug addiction.

Autumn's mother left her with her grandparents when she was young. In her 16 years these are the only parents she has ever know. Jacinda, her biological mother, is someone who just comes around from time to time causing trouble and breaking her Grams heart. I was immediately entranced in the story and the life of this 16 year old who has nothing, but a life full of worries. She has had far more horrible things happen in her life than anyone deserves in a lifetime, let alone her short 16 years. She tries so hard to turn her life around and be optimistic, but bad things keep happening. Finally, she meets Evan. A church going good boy that puts some light into her life. And, after a while, hope. He is the kind of person that sticks with her through the good and the bad which is something that Autumn isn't necessarily used to. He opens her up to a new way of thinking which she so desperately needs.

I felt so much pain for Autumn. It was hard not to hurt for her. The life of pain and sorrow she was living was the only one she had ever known. She was so beautifully written as were all the characters. Each one of them having a direct effect on her life and making her the person that she is.

I also like the way the author used different view points to tell the story. Primarily we see things through the eyes of Autumn, but we also get to see glimpes of the story through Jacinda (her biological mother) and Evans point of view. It was really interesting to see the story through Jacinda's eyes. She is filled with so much anger and blames everyone else for her actions and her addiction.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was a very emotional ride, but in a good way. This is a fantastic debut novel! I look forward to more of her books in the future.
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