by Sarah Dessen


**I recommend Dreamland if you are someone who can handle mature content among teen relationships.

Sixteen-year-old Caitlin narrates this story about the uncontrollable dating world she gets sucked into by a seductive boy, Rogerson.

What it’s About: The plot starts out with an intense family issue that takes place right from the get-go, which Caitlin has to cope with. Caitlin is close to her family and is that simple character you will like because she is not annoying. She’s in that middle crowd many teens can relate to; not stuck up, not nerdy, yet still subtly attractive and reserved enough to care about values.

Like most teen females, she battles self-esteem issues. Female readers will be drawn to Rogerson’s character right away due to his older, mysterious, and attractive physical traits. However, intense conflicts begin to unfold between the two and their new romance. Your eyes will be super-glued to each page because you never knew teenage relationships like this ever existed, (and I don’t mean that in a good way).

Fun Factoid: I read this book more than once in 9th grade and author, Sarah Dessen, has been one of my favorite authors ever since.

What I like: The intense issues of teenage dating is addressed, which is easily overlooked by many.

Favorite Quotes:

“I couldn’t tell her. I couldn’t tell anyone. As long as I didn’t say it aloud, it wasn’t real.”
― Sarah Dessen, Dreamland
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last few months, it’s that sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump.”
― Sarah Dessen, Dreamland