Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review-Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: May 11, 2004
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 250 
Source: Bought
Series: Standalone book

Rating from A+ to F: A


Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out...


I just finished reading Dreamland, and that was for the second time. Sarah Dessen is an AMAZING writer, and this book really shows her true talents of writing. You can understand the book perfectly, and find it so interesting, that you can't put it down!  The book does have a slow beginning, but as soon as you get farther into the book, you won't be able to get out of it! 

You can realize that Rogerson does come into Caitlin's life at the right time. She is dealing with her sister, Cass, running away, and Rogerson takes Caitlin's mind off of Cass. But, Rogerson does have problems with his anger: whenever someone is late, he becomes very anxious. During the book, I was basically pleading with Caitlin to somehow end the relationship before things got worse, but the book ends in a perfect way, and is by far a great book for teens to read and learn a moral from. 

1. Plot- 18 out of 20 points. My only problem with the plot of this book was that some parts were slower than others, but overall a very good plot!
2. Characters- 15 out of 15 points. Sarah Dessen did a great job at developing the characters in her book! 
3. Writing- 20 out of 20 points. Wonderful writing by Sarah Dessen in this book
4. Creativity- 14 out 15 points. There isn't a lot to be creative about in this book, but Sarah still did a great job with showing an important issue in relationships.
5. Originality- 9 out of 10. 
6. Ending- 15 out of 15. I thought it was an amazing ending! 
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points. The cover looks really cool to me
Equals: 96! 

Mild/Excessive Cursing
Mild/Excessive Sexual Content
Drug/Alcohol Use

This definitely would be for mature teenagers, and it is a book with a very heavy message of abusive relationships. I would rate the age for this book 14 and older. 


Sarah Dessen is the author of six novels for young adults. Among other accolades, That Summer, Someone Like You, Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, and This Lullaby have all been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and This Lullaby was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. In addition, That Summer and Someone Like You were adapted for the movie How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Sarah Dessen's most recent novel is The Truth About Forever. Ms. Dessen lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

(This was from the Dreamland book, it isn't recent) 

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