He has dreadlocks and is a drug dealer. And I kind of love 'issue' novels, so this one sounded right up my alley. Rina and Caitlin's mother insist and she finally gives in. Would a smart, strong, independent girl let a loser named Jason Packer treat her badly? Characters really come alive off the page as you read, and every scene felt painfully real. When I started reading Dreamland, I felt like it was going to be a book I struggled to finish. While other times, I wanted to do this to the people who made Caitlin feel this way. Not maybe, this is a definitive requirement.
Which must suck ass and I have no idea how parents or siblings do that. Corrina was brave and made the right choice in the end. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way. The novel opens with Caitlin, as a narrator with the gift of hindsight, announcing to the reader that her older sister, Cass, left home without telling anyone three weeks before she was to begin her freshman year at Yale University. Of course, I don't think this is one of those books that you necessarily have to re-read. Not some bullcrap excuse, because Cass should be the last one to pass judgement on a sorry love life.
I l I actually enjoyed this book a great deal. I expect not to like the protagonist of a Dessen novel but I really hated Caitlin. She ends up in therapy in a psychiatric hospital, where she gets the rest she needs, and gets to talk about what's happened to her since her sister left. Like dreamland was a real place, tangible, where we would all wander close enough to catch glimpses and brush shoulders. I will never read this again, and I do not recommend it to people who like strong, fully-formed characters or a plot line that is not full of holes. I didn't care if they sang to me. It is a story that talks about the love and pain inside a teenage abusive relationship.
The way her thoughts come across in the cycle of Robertson's abuse and her desperation were palpable and intense, especially in the second half of the story when people start to notice Caitlyn's change in behavior, clothes, and demeanor. Even though their relationship is abusive, Rogerson still makes her feel good and makes her problems go away. With a little more polishing, this book could have been outstanding. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him? Caitlin is fearful because she knows Rogerson will probably come by and he will be angry if she is not waiting for him. I have one brother, who is a musician and lives in California with his son and his wife, an artist who designed my personal website. I enjoyed the book, and I plan to read more from this author. It just doesn't fly with me.
Hmm, I wanted to like this book. Sarah Dessen writes this with such vivid descriptions it makes me wonder if she too has a Joey in her past?? Dreamland by Sarah Dessen Protagonist Caitlin O'Koren is the protagonist of the novel Dreamland. Caitlyn also struggles in her social circles at school, joining the cheerleading team which she's reluctant to do, but finds herself in the mix of things anyway and becoming a fixation of her mother's in the absence of Cass. But he'd been all I'd had, all this time. It's a horrific story-one of those that you can olny read through splayed hands and eyes half-squinted. For the love of a God, Sarah Dessen! She joins cheerleading, which she hates, and then meets Rogerson, the mysterious hair boy. My absolute favorite part about this book was the ending.
In the attempt to step out of her sister's shadow, she falls into Rogerson's. Is it just me, but typically when some creepy, drug dealing dude in a beat up car tries to touch me, I back way the heck up rather than lose myself in his oh-so-dreamy eyes as he casually examines a fracking bruise on my arm. On Caitlin's 16th birthday she wakes up to discover that her older sister has run away. Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Obviously for me, the answer is 11 and counting. And now I totes do! Do whatever he was doing to Caitlin back unto him.
It goes from absolute terror to absolut This book started slow for me, but I definitely got more into it as the story went on. If you want a good Dessen book about a girl with 'problems' read This Lullaby. Rogerson has been hit my his father The first time Rogerson hit Caitlin was because she ditched him for Rina after school one day. Love can be a very dangerous thing. Caitlin is sent to rehab and it takes time for her to come to some conclusions about her life. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lack.
So I started avoiding the book and one of the things that kept me busy was school homework. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. This completely disrupts life in her house. Pre-read: Yeah, I'm re-reading this book for this year because apparently I'm on a Sarah Dessen kick from my library. I've heard friends talk about how good this book was.