book review

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Goodreads: 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 Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else–her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life.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?

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It took 90 pages for this to catch my interest, then everything got dark and heartbreaking. For my younger followers, if you’re under sixteen, I highly suggest you stay away from this unless you’re mature and can handle reading about emotional and physical abuse.

Caitlin’s eighteen year old sister, Cass, runs away to live with her boyfriend on Caitlin’s sixteenth birthday. Her family is freaking out over this. I can understand being mad that your child leaves without warning, but she was planning on leaving for college anyways? Maybe I’m weird and just didn’t get Caitlin’s emptiness for her sister because I’ve never had a close bond with my siblings.

Caitlin meets Rogerson after a football game. They have an instalove relationship, and Caitlin quickly learns he sells drugs and his father beats him. Eventually Rogerson starts to physically and emotionally abuse Caitlin.

Caitlin probably would have never left Rogerson had he not pushed her out of the car and started hitting/kicking her in clear view of her neighbours. He was such a jerk from day one, I don’t know why she stayed with him for so long.

All of the characters except for Boo, Caitlin’s neighbour, fell flat for me. She was probably my favourite. I pictured her as Lily Tomlin, for some reason. Probably because of her character on Grace & Frankie. Haha.

All around, it was pretty boring, which is sad because more YA books need to cover this topic.

My Rating: tumblr_inline_nbptlxaJcu1qdokuq tumblr_inline_nbptlpV9ce1qdokuq

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