Monday, April 11, 2011
As I read Dreamland this weekend I kept thinking about how solid and consistent Sarah Dessen is as a writer. Man oh man, can she write a compelling story (I have also read Lock and Key and Just Listen). In some cases the books hit on similar themes yet her work never feels rehashed to me. I've read about abuse before with her, parents and teens not communicating, even relationships among sisters-- but every time it is a unique, gripping, and original story.
I love how she writes about sisters and their relationships. She makes struggling families convincing and heartbreaking. The young couples in her books are so real, and the drama is always at the perfect level for the story-- never drama for drama's sake. Even though her books are not comedies, there are always a few funny moments. Dessen writes beautifully. The way Caitlin struggles is at once horrid to watch and so real, so well done. The language she uses to describe her dream state is incredibly touching.
I highly recommend this book. Actually, pick up anything by Sarah Dessen. You won't be disappointed.