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 two-years-older sister Cass. Caitlin wanders in a dreamland of drugs and a nightmare of sudden fists, trapped in her search for herself. As violence becomes more and more prevalent in our world, one out of every five teenage girls in America will be beaten by a dating partner, and one third to one half of married women will be victims of abuse. Yet shame, fear, and assumed guilt keeps many in conspiracy of silence about this widespread but invisible anguish.

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Many young women may not only want to read this story but need to read it as a way to discuss an often overlooked aspect of teenage dating life.

Dreamland is the secret story of many contemporary teen relationships, a finely drawn portrait of a young woman without a strong sense of self esteem. Even while I was writing it, I knew Dreamland was different. It had a lot of the elements of the other books, but something kept pulling it deeper, to a place that for me, as a writer, was really challenging. I have quite a few of those, gathering dust in my office.

But then, on Christmas Day of , I was reading a book and the word dreamland, used in a simple sentence, jumped out at me. I just had this image of a mother standing in a bedroom door, in silhouette, saying something about seeing you in dreamland, and the story started to fall together. I picked the parts about Caitlin and Rogerson from the other book and shaped a story around them, adding in Cass and her story, as well as the other subplots of the book.

There were scenes that were really hard to write, and some days I just had to go into another room and close my eyes for a few seconds to get my bearings.

For me, the book was always about Caitlin, about suddenly having to find your way when someone has always led the way for you before. Buy the book. Buy the ebook. All rights reserved. Keeping the Moon. This Lullaby.


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Remember Me. Dessen starts off by having a beautiful, wonderful, talented girl, being taken for a loop as her sister disappears on her sixteenth birthday. She starts to cope when she meets the mysterious and alluring Rogerson. It turns out that she might be better of without him than with. But how long will it take Caitlin to realize that? This is story is simply compelling and will have you flipping the pages feverishly until you reach the end.


Dreamland is a teen novel by the American author Sarah Dessen. Caitlin O'Koren has just realized that on her 16th birthday, her 18 year-old sister, Cass, has run away. Everybody completely forgets about Caitlin's birthday. Her parents are broken-hearted, since Cass was supposed to attend Yale two weeks later. Everyone searches for Cass, but she soon makes a call saying she is with Adam, her boyfriend. Her father is furious, saying he had better expectations of her.


Added by 9 of our members. Dreamland A novel by Sarah Dessen. 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.

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