"Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned her back on her family's expectations by running off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's sudden fists, lost in her search for herself.
Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships--and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way."
One of the many appeals of Sarah Dessen is that her stories are love stories that end on pretty positive notes, but that is what makes this one different from the others, the love story is not a positive one and the note it ends on is very bittersweet. For personal reasons this book is very dear to my heart and I feel that it is a must read for all females no matter what age. There are so many lessons in this book but I feel that the most important one, the one that all us ladies (and gentlemen) must remember, is that you do not deserve abuse whether it be physical, mental and/or emotional. You are special and wonderful in your own way and what you do deserve is to be treated as such. You deserve respect and love, don't let anyone (even yourself) tell you different. Promise me you will never forget that.
Fav Quote from the book: "I took his wildness from him and tried to fold it into myself, filling up the empty spaces all those second place finishes left behind." - Caitlin
Time for the giveaway!! One copy of Dreamland to one lucky reader.
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1. US only.
2. Only one entry per person per giveaway (remember I'm hosting 7 giveaways total this week, you can enter for all of them).
3. All giveaways this week are open until 11:59 pm EST Sunday May 15. Make sure to check back here after 10 pm EST on Monday May 16th to see who the winners are.
4. All winners will be selected at random
Happy Sarah Dessen Week!!