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Dreamland Social Club Hardcover – May 12, 2011
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them - all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. Until the one day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. Paperback | Kindle book
"This is a wonderful book, a story of secrets and memory, of terrible loss and hard truths, nighttime adventures with a boy who comes this close to kissing you... and how a girl finds her own path to belonging."--Judy Blundell, National Book Award winning author
"Altebrando makes the bizarre, sensational and sad story of Coney Island seem vital and urgent--whether you have ever been there or not. An entirely strange, wonderfully romantic, and surprisingly political tale"--E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
"Altebrando conjures a boardwalk fantasia of mermaids, dwarves, bearded girls, contortionists, and beautiful tattooed boys. This charming, sea-salty book stays with you like a half-remembered dream--the kind you wish would never end."--Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot
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In addition, you can find adorable repackaged Kindle versions of my first two young adult novels, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS and WHAT HAPPENS HERE, in the Kindle Store.
Up next, a collaborative YA novel that I wrote with Sara Zarr. ROOMIES (Little Brown) will hit shelves in December!
After that, my middle-grade novel debut, THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE, comes out in May (from Running Press Kids).
I'm right now writing the book that will follow that! (Or I am supposed to be!)
I grew up on Staten Island, NY, and currently live in Astoria, Queens, with my husband and two young daughters. For more about me visit www.taraaltebrando.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Never really fitting in any place she's lived, Jane sets out to start a life of her own in Coney Island. A life where she tries to retrace her mother's steps in the hopes of finding her own. But she finds a whole lot more than just herself in Coney Island. In her own attic she's found Coney's past. In her basement, she's found a (practically) brand new vintage wardrobe that belonged to her long gone grandmother Birdie.. And at school she found a group of people who seem vastly different on the outside, but just like her on the inside that she calls friends. But above all these things, Jane's found Leo, a beautiful tattooed boy who will change her life forever.
Dreamland Social Club, written by author Tara Altebrando, is an unforgettable read that will transport readers back in time to Coney Island's past while closely examining the happenings and politics of today. Well developed and well written, it's a realistic book that feels a lot like fantasy. There's something magical about this book. Readers will be able to see the famed Wonder Wheel, to hear the lapping waves upon the shoreline, and even taste the piping hot knishes Jane and Leo love.
Altebrando excels at painting a beautiful portrait. Instead of just telling her audience she shows us. It's amazing how seamlessly she combines Coney Island's past and present by interweaving facts, rides, and various happenings.Read more ›
Dreamland Social Club is weird and quirky and kooky, and I loved it. The main character, Jane, is trying to figure out who she is, who her mother was, and how this strange closed-off place (Coney Island) fits into the mix. It was so much fun watching Jane find herself through memories of her mother and also through old relationships and friendships of families from Coney Island. The setting of Coney Island is, I think, what makes this book so quirky. It's not just New York City, but a specific place - a place that conjures up notions long before the reader starts reading and it was fun to take my preconceived thoughts and see how they were worked into the novel.
Watching Jane grow into herself and accept herself was by far the most enjoyable part of the novel. And the minor characters who helped Jane along the way were just as kooky as Coney Island. This novel is full of characters that you won't soon forget. Fans of Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King will enjoy for sure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Before Jane and her brother Marcus were born, their parents loved to travel. Since her mother's sudden death ten years ago, Jane and Marcus have lived all over the world with their... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Little Willow
First off, I love the cover of Dreamland Social Club. It's bright, eye-catching, and features a mermaid... Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Sara
A truly wonderful tale full of freaks of all kinds. I received an ARC of this from Shelf Awareness a while back and it took a while for me to get to it in my TBR pile. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Joni Thomas
Despite the fact that I find clowns to be a bit terrifying, I find carnivals (and circuses) rather interesting, especially the shady ones. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Khy
I really enjoyed Dreamland Social Club. It had a strong cast of characters, a plot that slowly unraveled a mystery, and amazing writing that engaged me the whole time. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Sarah Woodard
Jane and their brother have inherited a house on Coney Island from the grandparents they have never met. They have never really stayed in one place to long. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by Brittany Moore