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Friday, April 8, 2011

Book review for Angela Carlie's "Dream Smashers"

Sixteen-year-old Autumn has spent her entire life worrying about others. Her ailing grandma, meth-addicted mother, and a best friend who's always in trouble. She's spent the last few years attempted to worry less, to be carefree, without success.

Enter Evan, whose radiant attitude is an Autumn magnet. With Evan at her side, Autumn's able to let some of her worries go as they trudge through life's difficulties and fall for each other in the process.

Dream Smashers is a coming of age story about a girl who not longer wants to care and a boy who cares enough for the both of them. It's a love story, but mostly, it's about rising above the dream smashers of the world.

My review.

This is a powerful book that dives head on into the realistic world of family dynamics. Autumn, her main character is so three dimensional that I felt myself going , omg throughout the book. She maintained a positive outlook in life even when so many things around her went wrong.

I should warn you that there are some 4 letter words used in this book, however they are always in the context of only one of the characters. To me, it fit Jacinda perfect. Jacinda is Autumn's biological mother who is an on again off again as a person in her life. The character is lost in the meth world and seems to come around just to cause problems for Autumn.

There are also some very poignant moments in Dream Smashers in the form of Evan. He is the single person who lifts her up, not only in a romantic way but a spiritual one as well. His faith is strong and he teaches Autumn to look at life in a new way. This love story will make you laugh and cry. It's a story every teen should read.

I want to tell more, but don't want to give anything away. I really encourage parents to buy this book for their teens. There are a lot of life learning lessons and could possibly change the way some of the teens in this world think. Those who are heading down the wrong path may be detoured by the powerfulness of the story that is told so true to life. Thank you Angela for letting me read this. I give it a 5 star review.

On a personal note. I expect this to be just the beginning of a great writing career.


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