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Dream Smashers by [Carlie, Angela]
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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.

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTWQXW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jennifer Rossi on April 4, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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. Surprisingly, it wasn’t what I expected at all, but at the end of the day it was such an unexpectedly beautiful and heartwarming story, I wasn’t sad at all about it not being anything paranormal.

“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!
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