Dreamland by Sarah Dessen was different. I’ve read two Dessen books prior to this one, Lock and key and That Summer. I liked how she wrote about teenage problems with mixture of sweet romance and emotions. Her book covers reminds me of happy summer stories.
The book starts with Catlin’s older sister, Cassandra, running away which leaves Caitlin’s family situation in chaos, and also leaves Caitlin to fill her “perfect” sister’s place. Caitlin has always used her sister as a bit of an excuse not to excel or be special, knowing she could not measure up, and, without Cass around, Caitlin doesn’t have any clue who to be. In the absence of Cass, Caitlin’s overprotective mother switches her focus to the remaining daughter and tries to do everything for her which really annoys her. In her continuing search to be her own person and do things Cass never did, Caitlin begins dating a bad boy. If you are thinking that this is another ”Hollywood” type of stories where bad boy has a golden heart and helps Catlin to find herself then you are wrong story has a twist here. He deals drugs, bosses Caitlin around, and completely monopolizes her life and he is possessive in every possible way. The abusive relationship she goes through is something very realistic and emotional. Rather than living her life she lives for him instead.
My rating: 3 out of 5. It a an excellent book about abusive relationship, one of the teenage problems. I strongly feel that people should get out of painful abusive relations. Love can never give you physical pain, love is giving and forgiving. This book explains the dark sides of abusive relation with a bit of romance and lot of emotions. If you are Sarah Dessen fan then its a must read book.