Review: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Posted March 9, 2013 by Sophia
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Review: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Review: Dreamland by Sarah DessenDreamland by Sarah Dessen
Published by Speak on May 11, 2004
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Physical
Source: Library


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 Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life.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 was told that Sarah Dessen’s works were awesome. So I basically went into the frame of mind that it would be a good book when I actually started reading it.

I don’t really hate saying this, but as a first time peep (read: I’m reading her works for the first time) on reading a work of Sarah Dessen’s, I left with a pretty “eh…” view. I did try to keep the fact in mind that Sarah Dessen is a good writer, which was why I didn’t go all mini stomping off with a hmph frowny faced at the wall.

I don’t exactly hate the book – not really – but I found it very boring from page 1 to the end. I’m pretty surprised I didn’t fall asleep. Yet. There was just something missing. While I don’t really mind reading gushy romances (YA speaking), I’m not one who prefers reading a book that’s pretty much completely – as in 90% or more – lack of action.

Dreamland is basically your typical realistic fiction in the terms of romance. It was also pretty predictable (but then… I tend to predict things near the bull’s eye usually…). And every time a character in a book is getting suspicious of events, it would go down the drain a little more.

If it wasn’t required reading, I probably would’ve ended up just setting it down, walk away, read another book, and then return it. But, if you’re one who likes realistic fiction and romances rolled into one “bookrito,” then you probably just got another recommendation. However, if you’re one for romance and action rolled into one, then I don’t exactly recommend it…. but feel free to read it if you want to try it out, as everyone’s reading preference is different…

Sophia has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House crisis. Unlike her personality in blog posts, she's a socially awkward recent college grad who majored in Communications. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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5 responses to “Review: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

  1. I don't know what kind of romances I like. Realistic sounds good, but too much reality and I might as well just close the book and look around.

    • I might be hesitant to read another Sarah Dessen book after the first experience. Maybe I'll try again though… :/
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. I really hated the main character in this and her stance on her relationship with her boyfriend.
    I recommend the truth about forever if you haven't read this yet 🙂

    • *phew* I'm not alone, lol. I'll be sure to check it out when I can though! Thanks for stopping by and the recommendation! 🙂