I received the following book from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Published by Penguin on May 11th 2004
Genres: Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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 Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life.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?
Being a huge Sarah Dessen fan, I had a good idea what I was in for when picking up Dreamland. Characters that are extremely easy to relate to? Check. A story line that is both beautifully portrayed and realistically written? Check. A book that kept me up until the early hours of morning telling myself just one more page? Check!
Dreamland combines everything I already loved about Sarah Dessen’s writing style in a haunting portrayal of one teen girl’s all consuming relationship with one Rogerson Biscoe. At first, everything seems amazing. He’s gorgeous, he loves her, being with him makes everything else seem okay… Until it isn’t and Rogerson begins completely monopolizing her life.
Though this book was quite different than past Dessen books I had read, I still found myself so completely and utterly lost within its pages. This author really has a way of getting you caught up in the book and you are left feeling so sad that it ended, but at the same time the words never truly leave you. Whether or not you’ve read books by Sarah Dessen in the past, I highly recommend Dreamland if you are looking for a Young Adult novel that is not only compelling, but a little bit on the dark side.