Dream Smashers Kindle Edition
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Autumn lives with her grandmother. Her mother is a drug addict and can’t be trusted. She only comes around when she needs money for her next fix. Autumn hangs out with best friend Rainy. She isn’t the best influence but Autumn likes her. They have a special place in an empty house where they hang out during the day when they don’t want to go to class. One day their place is discovered by Ace when he surprises them. He is a bit creepy and makes Autumn uncomfortable. After that things start to change. Rainy sets Autumn up with a boy named Evan. Autumn never really dates but reluctantly agrees to go.
Evan is sweet and a nice surprise for Autumn. After meeting Evan, Autumn starts questioning the things in her life. She needs more friends. She needs to try harder. However her mother, Jacinda, seems very interested these days also. In fact she likes to make scenes when she is around. She does everything she can to hurt Autumn, even keeping secrets about Autumn’s father.
Autumn is trying to be better and carefree. Her role model is a mysterious woman she sees driving a roadster. Autumn pictures what that woman’s life must be like and strives for it. Unfortunately reality is not the same. Autumn has issues with her mom and Rainy. Evan seems to be the calm she needs. She has to question her dreams and wants. When devastation hits, Autumn has to decide which direction she is going to turn.
The idea of this book was truly fascinating. The life that Autumn and Rainy have is dark and wanting. It’s great that the author showed how a teen’s life isn’t what you see in movies. However there was a strong religious tone to it. That is something I tend to not like in my stories. So that took away some of my favor for the story.
The ending was good and I was shocked at the turn of events that the author threw at me. I also liked the direction Autumn seems to be drifting toward especially after she met Evan. They were sweet together, exactly what they both needed.
For me the storyline was great but the religious aspect took away from it. I give it a 3 out of 5.
“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!
Carlie switches points of view between three characters: Autumn, her boyfriend Evan, and her mother Jacinda. They are three very different people, but Carlie captures the voice of each with complete authenticity.
This book has danger, suspense, grief, addiction, friendship, romance and love, and Carlie makes all of it into a joyful, meaningful ride that you're happy to take with her. Note that it's hard subject matter, but I found myself inspired by the spirit and courage with which Autumn faced her troubles.
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VERY INTERSETING AND VERY COOOL!!
Love the book and I will always