Is Dreamland by Sarah Dessen a good book?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Whether Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is a "good" book all depends on your definition of good. If by "good" you mean something enjoyable, that you will love to read again and again and can gently show you the results of various paths in life so you can pick the most productive and successful one, then, no, Dreamland is not a good book.

If, on the other hand, by "good" you mean a book full of self-doubt, foolish decisions, stubborn independence that refuses to seek advice from older and wiser heads, brutality of repeatedly vicious physical violence of an American "bad boy" boyfriend against the jaw and head of his emotional slave whom he calls a girlfriend, then, yes, it is a good book.

[A caveat is required to state that this "good" book is not suitable for the sensitive, the abused or the young.]

little-alice | Student

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is a book of a teenage girl learning about physical violence from a boyfriend the hard way. Caitlin meets Rogerson and falls in love, however he is an American bad boy inside and out, after months of Rogerson hitting Caitlin, Caitlin gives up.

Going through the same experience with my ex-boyfriend Weldon, I can without a doubt relate to this book, and, everything Sarah Dessen describes Caitlin going through, I have gone through, Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is indeed one of my absolute favorite books and I believe anyone interested in this topic should read it.

With Love and Care,

Alice. :)

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