Monday, May 8, 2017

#ReadaDessen Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Audio, 8 Parts
Release Date: September 1, 2000
Published by: Speak
Read from: April 23- May 2, 2017 
Source: Library
For fans of: Contemporary,Romance, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Wake up, Caitlin
     Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

     I have heard so many different things about this book from friends. I've heard for some it was their least favorite, while for others it was their favorite. I'm kind of in-between. I can see how this was a ground breaking book back then, when nothing there was hardly anything else about this subject being written. 
     This one was a bit darker than the other Sarah Dessen books I've read. I'd heard some thigns about this one, but I still don't think I was ready for what happened in this novel. Caitlin seemed to be completely lost and I wanted nothing more than to reach into this book and save her. 
     Caitlin conused me. When she met Rogerson she didn't even know what it was about him that made her like him. She was mainly intrigued by the mystery of him. So why was it so hard for her to leave him. By the end of the novel, she was completely immersed in him and for the life of me I can't see why. I wasn't disappointed in her, I was more sad for her. That she now has to grow up thinking that that is what love is supposed to be. (I know she's a fictional character but still.)
     Howver, I did like the story and the way the story was told. What I didn't like was the characters. None of them seemed like they paid the slightest bit of atention to anyone besides themselves. It was just mind-boggling how they went so long without finding anything out. All while she was in thier home. I wanted to scream at them to pay attention. To look at something other than what they were missing in her sister. It was interesting because it was something that I could actually relate to, being left on the back burner. I'm the middle child and I for sure get hit with the "middle child synrdrome" all the time. 
      I do wonder why Dessen chose to make Corriane the strong one and not Caitlin. Why make the MC the one who is stuck on this endless loop? I really wanted to Caitlin prevail and I hated that she stuck it out till the very end. And even after when she absolutely knew that what was happening was wrong. 
     It seems that with this one you either love it or you hate it, and of course, I fell smack dab in the middle. It was an interesting change from what she normally writes and I can't wait to see what else Dessen has in store for me! 
Overall, I give this


That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
This Lullaby*
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock & Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything
Once and For All (Out June 6, 2017!)

*What I'm currently listening to right now!

     So now that the countdown to Once and For All is on, I can hopefully get all of these read! Let's see how things go! 
Once and for All

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Out June 6, 2017

Have you read any Sarah Dessen books? 
Which is your favorite?!

1 comment:

  1. I had to go back to look at my review for this one, I think I liked it a little bit more but now that I think about it I remember being frustrated with the parents.

    I'm glad you're reading This Lullaby, it was one of my faves as a teen and a turn from Dessen's good girl characters.