Dream Smashers Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It had something of a predictable plot and storyline, but I was definitely pleased with this book. The main character may not be relatable to all readers, but if you can it makes... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lexi
This novel was a bit too realistic for me. I look at books for a way to escape my life and this book didn't give me that release I was hoping for. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Selena#1
This book was great. Very hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to many people. No matter how rough life is, keep your head up.Published 18 months ago by caleigh shaelynn bittman
This story started off good, kept me interested, but could have had more about an event that happened near the end. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sandra Fauvel
the character s come to life .Autumn is a girl with a dream and a Mom who lost hers from making the wrong choices. Read morePublished 24 months ago by marilyn copeland
I didn’t read the summary of what this book is about, so going into it, I thought it was going to be something of a paranormal nature. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Books4Tomorrow
IT WAS ONE OF THE BOOK I'VE EVER READ
VERY INTERSETING AND VERY COOOL!!
Love the book and I will always
I liked how easy this book was to read. I'm living in the north west and its always fun to read about places you know.Published on March 10, 2013 by kelli kannisto
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