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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 ›
“Dream Smashers” tells an uplifting story of a teen having to deal with a drug-addict mother and life in a neighborhood where drugs are rife. The author doesn’t cut any corners in bringing this gritty, harsh and shocking reality to life, and spares the reader no sugarcoating in describing Autumn’s mother, Jacinda, in every horrid little detail of what years of drug abuse has done to her physically and mentally.
Even the secondary characters each have a story to tell, and none of them live a perfect life. The story has a rather morbid feel to it, and the actions and dialogue of the characters sometimes took my breath away with the author’s no-holds-barred approach in keeping it as realistic as possible. “Dream Smashers” can easily be slotted into the Christian fiction category, but constant use of the f-bomb in the dialogue of some characters will be sure to step on some toes. There’s a definite and deliberate message to this story, one that is sure to inspire, and at the same time warn teens to the dangers of drug use and how it can ruin one’s life.
All in all this was a fantastic read. I finished it in less than two days and will definitely read more of this author’s books. Great job!
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Angela Carlie's writing voice shines clearly in Dream Smashers through the narrative of Autumn, who speaks not only for present-day teens but also for all of us who have felt... Read morePublished 7 months ago by G. Corbin
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 16 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 on October 12, 2014 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 on July 31, 2014 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 on March 10, 2014 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 on February 10, 2014 by marilyn copeland
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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