Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Dream Smashers

Dream Smashers by Angela Carlie
Published: April 4, 2011
Sixteen-year-old Autumn has spent her entire life worrying about others. Her ailing grandma, meth-addicted mom, and a best friend who is always in trouble. She's spent the last few years attempting to worry less, to be carefree, without success.

Enter Evan, whose radiant attitude is an Autumn magnet. With Evan at her side, Autumn's able to let some of her worries go as they trudge through life's difficulties and fall for each other in the process.

A girl who no longer wants to care and a boy who cares enough for the both of them, Dream Smashers is a love story, but most of all, it's about letting go.

From Goodreads

Dream Smashers by Angela Carlie is not a book for everyone. With topics varying from drugs, explicit language, and depression, Dream Smashers is not for the faint at heart. However, if one desires to read a realistic book with a positive message, Dream Smashers is the perfect read.

Even with some minor hiccups and irritations throughout this read, I have to focus this review on my personal attachment to the message Carlie gets across, beautifully! Anyone, and anything, that is a negative roadblock is considered a “dream smasher” by main character Autumn Spring Winters. With a crazy unique name as that, Autumn is instantly a likeable character. She’s just about as real as a reader is going to get. Thanks to Carlie’s beautiful writing, each character, especially Autumn, is real. From a drugged up mother, chain-smoking grandmother, bipolar-ish friend, and loveable faith spewing boyfriend, Dream Smashers has it all… and then some.

The title of this book gives away the true meaning of why I think Carlie wanted to write this book. In a “screw you” ode to everyone who steps in the way of one’s dreams, Dream Smashers gives readers hope that they, like Autumn, can overcome darkness. When her life is falling apart, Autumn is able to find her way from the deep end. With the help of her friends, and sweet boyfriend (Evan), she learns the power and strength she has to prevail and be victorious. With a decently paced storyline, Carlie built and built, and then built, a climax that pays off wonderfully in the end.

In the end, there were a few story arcs I felt were unnecessary. Sometimes books don’t need added drama in order to make it amazing. Although each one fit in nicely with the story, I felt like it was too much of a good thing. Not only that, but my heart broke more times than I preferred. With that being said, Dream Smashers is a must read for older teens and young adults.

Side note: I’d like to encourage anyone who has their own personal “dream smashers” to knock em’ down. Don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your goals and dreams in life. I know Autumn wouldn’t want you to be trapped in a life that was full of negativity.

--Make sure to pick up a copy of this one!


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