And she can't stop seeing him. Pre-read: Yeah, I'm re-reading this book for this year because apparently I'm on a Sarah Dessen kick from my library. Caitlin, just turned sixteen, has always been the younger sister. In a way, it is. To view it, I'd been wanting to read something by Sarah Dessen for awhile. I wanted to scoop up this fictional character and hug her.
So Dreamland came home with me. Hated it with a passion, because it discussed abuse, and I prefer to loo Like Caitlin, my emotions are all out of whack. Dave was another character that I didn't like. Her mother may have been busy trying to get Cass back, but I think she would still have noticed something. I don't know how else to review it or to add on to that.
If you are tired of all of the romanticized bad boys, this story will appease. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Not words you usually associate with Dessen, the queen of summer romance and chick flicks. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. She both misses Cass and relishes the idea that now maybe she will shine for a change, but has no idea how to do that. And everyone is lost without her. But he'd been all I'd had, all this time.
Which must suck ass and I have no idea how parents or siblings do that. What I Loved: As in The Sky Is Everwhere by Jandy Nelson, we begin with a girl living in the shadow of her perfect older sister. And then it's like he can't stop hitting her. They return to his house where Caitlin witnesses Rogerson's father hit him for being late. In this book of an abusive relationship, Caitlin goes through the struggle to keep it from showing, until she can't take it. Her parents reconnect with Cass but Caitlin, fearing her sister will know her secret just from her voice, avoids talking to Cass on the phone.
Yet when she ends up on the other end of his wildly shifting moods and violence, Caitlyn's both stunned and lost to the cycle of his actions against her. Sarah Dessen's Dreamland is an unrelentingly dark story of a girl struggling to find her own identity. This is a story that will affect you and make you think twice. She hates cheerleading but won't quit. I feel like I've outgrown it, that there are real situations with fully-formed human characters that I can actually empathize with.
Because I love all of her books! But other than that, if you haven't read any of Sarah Dessen's books, I highly recommend the Lullaby, Just Listen, What Happened to Goodbye, Lock and Key or Along for the Ride. This is probably one of the more memorable Sarah Dessen books. However, if you don't like it because of the subject matter, get over it. She never feels like she measures up to her sister Cass, and in turn that leads her to trouble. Until one day, when Caitlin fails to meet him at an agreed upon time, he hits her. In this book, once Rogerson started hitting her, he was a jerk the rest of the time.
She is their mother's best friend and was there for her when Cass first ran away. There are so many people in this world who have been abused. Just a really good read. I didn't really like him though and I understand why he did the things he did, but I don't care. In her continuing search to be her own person and do things Cass never did, Caitlin begins dating a bad boy.
The girl was stoned all of the time, constantly at the beck and call of her boyfriend, lost weight, and was doing perpetually worse in class, among other things. In an effort to be less like her sister who ran away with guy who her friends and family disapproved of. In fact, many of her decisions are made on the basis of whether it would be different from something Cass has done. She starts to cope when she meets the mysterious and alluring Rogerson. They quickly get caught up in one another, fall in love, and everything else fades away. And then things would get so sad and all I would want to do was put the book away and start crying. So I liked that you could clearly see what Caitlyn was attracted to Rogerson in the first place.
I expect not to like the protagonist of a Dessen novel but I really hated Caitlin. Caitlin feels like she needs to step in for her family but it actually kind of back-spirals in a way? So I started avoiding the book and one of the things that kept me busy was school homework. This one was, in my opinion, sadly lacking. But he and Caitlin seem to understand one another. My temple was still throbbing, my eye swollen just enough that when I blinked it stung. Sometimes, I felt like I got too into the story and I felt like I was the main character. Relationships are essentially a power struggle, a game of manipulations.
Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. Rogerson Biscoe most definitely is a bad boy. Oh, and just a warning: medium language and some really intense scenes. Surprisingly, this book was much darker and emotional than I had previously anticipated. Except that somehow he was a genius too. There was a time when I was fresh out of middle school, when I thought this book was enlightening and insightful, it was very impactful on my life probably one of the reasons for all those essays. She does make a conscious decision to start dating Rogerson, though — the hot boy described on the back cover.