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Dreamland Paperback – May 11, 2004
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Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships--and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way.
Dessen has here created a subtle and compelling work of literature that goes far beyond the teen problem novel in a story rich with symbolism, dark scenes of paralyzing dread, quirky and memorable characters, and gleams of humor. With the consummate skill and psychological depth that brought her praise for Keeping the Moon, she explores the search for self-identity, the warmth of feminine friendships, and the destructive ways our society sets up young women for love gone wrong. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Enter Rogerson Biscoe, a dreadlocked hunk who takes Caitlin's mind off of her family's ordeal. He is able to perfectly fill the void Cass left behind. His lifestyle of smoking and partying is wild, something new and exciting to Caitlin. That's why when he pulls her into his world, she doesn't hesitate to come along for the ride. As she gets deeper and deeper into the relationship, she comes to understand Rogerson is bruised and badly broken, both in the literal and figurative sense. He has a father who hits him and to heal his own pain, he begins taking his anger out on Caitlin.
Soon, Caitlin changes, switching gears altogether. She used to be a B student, a cheerleader, and a loyal best friend to Rina, who is fiercely loyal in return. Now, she incessantly blows Rina off when she tries to make plans, she's quit cheerleading, she's become withdrawn, she's smoking weed, taking Rogerson's beatings, and plummeting further and further into the abyss. Those who try to reach out, friends, family, and worried peers, have no success. It's as if there is a wall between Caitlin and the rest of the world. Really, there is. That wall is her dreamland.
Dessen's best novel to date is realistic and totally believable. When people question why victims choose not to escape their relationship abuse, they don't always understand things can't be so easy. Dessen also demonstrates the driving forces in one's life that can cause a person to lose their grip on reality, as well as their sense of security. DREAMLAND is more than a mere YA novel. It's about a horrid thing that actually happens to thousands of teenage girls today.
One of the strengths of this book is Dessen's shaping of Rodgerson. We find that he has led an affluent life and has a brilliant mind, but he has been a victim of his father's abuse. Dessen makes him human and allows us to have sympathy for him before he begins abusing Caitlin. Unfortunately, once he turns on Caitlin, Rodgerson's voice in the story becomes almost absent. He has very little dialogue, and we hear about most of his and Caitlin's interactions (positive and negative) only through Caitlin's recollections. I would have loved to have seen more dialogue from Rodgerson throughout the book.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book for young adults and even adults. I'm 37 and found I couldn't put this book down.
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Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors. Dreamland did not disappoint! It was emotionally gripping and I felt my heart aching for Caitlin. Definitely a must read.Published 21 days ago by Riah
I read this book in a day. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. I loved the book! Great read!Published 22 days ago by Apiphanie
I've read the book a thousand times. Just downloaded it on my phone for a quick read when I don't have internet. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I’m going to keep this review short and (semi-)sweet, because to be honest, I think this might be a case of “it’s not you; it’s me” with this book, and I’d hate to discourage... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angie Elle
When Caitlin's sister Cass decides that leaving home would be preferable to attending college, Caitlin has to deal with her parents' dashed dreams, the questioning glances from her... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lupine Smile
Given as a gift. They were thrilled to receive something from this author.Published 2 months ago by Bead Lady
Great book, great read. Twists and turns that keep you on your toes and wanting more, never sure what might happen next!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've heard so much about Sarah Dessen and how incredible her books are, but unfortunately this book didn't work at all for me. The protagonist was so unlikable and pathetic.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Had this book a long time ago and had to buy it again. Such a great book, one of my faves.Published 4 months ago by Natasha Colon