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Dream Things True: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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“Marquardt knowledgably takes on the plight of undocumented families . . . readers seeking a star-crossed love story with a twist won't be disappointed” ―Publishers Weekly
“Marquardt has a lot to teach . . . but never does it feel didactic. Instead, Marquardt envelops you into the story of this one family and this one young couple trying to beat the odds.” ―Bustle
“Worthy examination of undocumented immigration in the American South through the lens of young love.” ―Kirkus
“Marquardt provides a critical view of the stigmas and difficulties plaguing undocumented youth in U.S. schools without glossing over the legal realities of deportation and detainment. Readers will find the romantic aspects of Alma and Evan's relationship sweet and exciting.” ―School Library Journal
“Marquardt has written a book with a hopeful, if not happy, ending, filled with stark details about life in the U.S. for undocumented families. Eye-opening and touching.” ―Booklist
"Dream Things True is a satisfying and rich debut novel about love and the importance of following dreams." -Américas Award Committee
“A true Romeo and Juliet romance with a wider moral sweep-tender, heart-wrenching and wise. Every character shines.” ―Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of What I Thought Was True
“DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt is a story that must be told and needs to be read. With sensitivity and care, Marquardt deftly illustrates the struggles and hopes of Alma, an undocumented teenager living in the United States. Alma's story reflects the lives of millions of young people trapped between countries and cultures, longing for a place to belong. An important story that's full of heart, it will forever change the way you view those who live their lives in the shadows.” ―Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice
“A compelling read with complex, true-to-life characters, DREAM THINGS TRUE is a unique novel. Not only will it cause readers to empathize with characters in difficult situations, it will get them to consider the plight of people in the real world. Add in a love story you can root for.” ―Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost
“Marquardt's Dreams Things True vividly weaves to life the thrill of falling in love in the South while awakening readers to the struggles of US-Mexican immigration policies. In this touching coming-of-age story, full of hope and possibilities, Marquardt captures the bittersweet world of undocumented teens living in the US and the power of true love.” ―Malin Alegria, author of Border Town series
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I liked both the main characters who, at their young ages, already have a fair amount of maturity while still acting like teenagers who often think first of themselves and the person they only have eyes for. They're opposites in a lot of ways but I appreciated that this wasn't a good-girl-falling-for-the-bad-boy kind of story. This was more of being different in both simple and deeper ways but also realizing that they have more in common than they first anticipated. They both have heavy issues family issues that they're dealing with and your heart breaks for them when they're forced to simply deal because there is no other option.
A lot of the story is about undocumented immigrants and how that status affects Alma and her family. It's a very real issue that quite a number of countries are facing and is a hot topic in the United States and isn't limited to just immigrants from Mexico. There are many sides to the issue and while you see how it affects Alma's family in particular here, the opposing side is also lightly touched upon. Of course, Evan's worries are composed of Alma's and his own. I liked how, when Alma realizes everything Evan has been going through, Evan points out that she never really asked him about it because it felt very honest and authentic.
There aren't any viable solutions to the immigration problem that are mentioned in the story because, let's face it, coming up with something that all parties will like and agree to is nearly impossible. The ending itself leaves everything somewhat in the air, but I wasn't totally disappointed by it because, just like with the immigration problem in the US, there isn't really an easy solution for Alma and Evan. What they have to make do with is a compromise, one with the most benefits, and the ending still leaves the reader with a feeling of hope that one day, their dreams will come to fruition. Dream Things True gets 4.5 stars. ♥
Dream Things True is a novel that is a lot of things, perhaps very subtle things that don't all reveal themselves to you right away. This book made me think long past the last page.
It is a love story in multiple ways - a romance between two smart young adults facing both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances, a story of a mother's love for her family that is placed above her own well being, a story of a father's cautious and protective love for his children that is doled out in rules and musts and have-to's, an extended family's love for one another and the sacrifices and changes they endure in support of each other.
Right away, you are rooting for Alma. She is both a smart and ambitious young woman and a confused and overwhelmed teenager. She is on the cusp of so many things in life. And she is experiencing the magic that is finding your first, true love.
And then you are rooting for Alma and Evan. Evan is the epitome of don't judge a book by his cover, both in how he handles a home life that is not what it seems and in his capacity to truly "see" Alma and love her with all his heart.
And then you are rooting for the whole Garcia family. Their struggles are real, these are people you don't realize you probably know in real life and their love for one another is powerful.
This book does a wonderful job of taking a Romeo and Juliet type story and weaving in important issues of our day.
I want to know more now that I've finished reading. What is the next chapter in their lives? I also want to know more in the real world - the issues facing undocumented immigrants - not just the politics behind this hot button issue but the human side. The people living every day in this reality.
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The well written, insightful story of Alma and Evan will change your perspective on today's immigrant issues.Read more