Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is about a girl who gets caught up in all the wrong people, places, time and things. After her older sister leaves, Caitlyn takes on the responsibility of being "the golden daughter", trying to become the apple of her parents' lives. Everything is good for a while.
Until it isn't any more. . . . .
In my honest opinion, this book had a lot of open-ends, leaving a lot of things unresolved. as I wish they were. The general story line was a good one, I just feel like it could've been attacked from a better angle and with honestly, more realistic characters.
Just read if you want to read all the Dessen books. Otherwise, skip it. The book abruptly ends and there's no real closure to Colie's slightly frayed relationship with her mother. One good thing I will say is that I enjoyed Isabel and Morgan's relationship/friendship.
Colie is sent to stay with her Aunt Mia for the summer. Her famous mother is traveling and Colie is shuffled off for the summer. You may initially get the impression that Colie's mother doesn't care, but she does. We just don't get a lot of time getting to know them much cause Dessen drops tidbits here and there and jumps around.
We find out that Colie is having a hard time at school and that rumors about her have caused her to hide herself. Meeting Morgan, Isabel, and Norman slowly has her coming out of her shell. I do say though I'm not a huge fan of suddenly a girl being "gorgeous" by getting her hair done, eyebrows plucked, and makeup being applied. I think ultimately Dessen wants young girls to read this and realize they are beautiful no matter what. She kind of negates all that with the reveal about Isabel though making it seem that when you get older,you automatically are going to be a beauty.
The character of Mia is pretty much ignored, no real depth there. I'm surprised Colie at least doesn't bring up how hard her and her mother's life was while I was sitting on money. Most of this book felt like things were left unsaid.
The book is fairly short. Probably why I felt like a lot of things were left undone. I would have liked some scenes with Colie back home, dating, standing tall against her tormenters.
I forgot to update this yesterday when I finished. Not that interesting I'm afraid. I feel like Dessen forgot a 1/3 of the story.
I think if we had more of a sense of the main character it would have worked better. Instead we have her reflecting on her past in fits and starts and starting to realize over this summer she is attractive. I just needed more. There's also the fact the book just comes to a sudden end.