Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Caitlin’s life is turned upside down when her perfect sister runs away on the morning of Caitlin’s 16th birthday. In the midst of all her family chaos, Caitlin meets a mysterious boy at a party. Rogerson is cute, mysterious, and most importantly… not like anyone her sister Cass would have dated. But Caitlin’s relationship with Rogerson soon takes a turn for the worst, and her life spirals out of control.
Caitlin’s Mother. I like characters who surprise you, and Caitlin’s mother is more than she seems.
“‘Perfect people’, she finally said, ‘live in picket-fenced houses with golden retrievers and beautiful children. They always smell like fresh flowers and never step in dog doo, or bounce checks, or cry.” In a world where we constantly Instagram and Facebook the better part of our lives, it’s important to remember that no one is as perfect as they may seem.
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If you enjoyed this book, but wanted something a little lighter, check out some of Sarah Dessen’s other novels. Anisha’s personal favorite is The Truth About Forever, followed closely by The Moon and More.
Is this worth a book hangover?
Anisha and Jess disagree on this one! Anisha is a huge Sarah Dessen fan, and re-reads this book every few years. While Jess enjoyed the perspective, she would not regularly re-read Dreamland, but would try a different Dessen book.
Post Author: Anisha Anisha adores YA romance – and thinks that all love stories should start on the beach and end with the first kiss. Jess is helping her expand her horizons with more diverse, interesting books from newer authors.