Saturday, July 11, 2009

Review: Dream Girl by: Lauren Mechling

Where I got it: The Library
Rating: 3 stars (an interesting chick-lit mystery)
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I think the cover is pretty, but am confused of who that girl is)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (mystery)
Publication Date: July 22, 2008
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Claire has dreams, not like everyone else does though. The things she sees in her dreams she witnesses again in real life. She's not sure why she sees them though and after her grandmother, Kiki, gives her a cameo necklace she begins to dream more often, and in black and white. On top of all this Claire is starting at a new school, and doesn't really have any friends going into it. One day she sees an airplane ring and decides she wants to know the girl who's hand it's on. The girl's name is Becca Shuttleworth, like the Shuttleworth ketchup industry. This book takes you through all the ups, downs, ins and outs Claire has to go through with new friends, detective work, and old grudges.

This book started off interesting enough, Claire following one of her dreams, but eventually it got semi-unrealistic. The mystery/detective part was still good, but the "real life" part didn't seem to be flowing as nicely. Then it all got good again when the pieces of the mystery started to come together, but then the ending was like a cheesy teen flick. I really enjoyed the whole she dreams clues that she has to figure out and put together to solve a mysterything. I would definitely say this is a good summer read because it's light, fun and a very quick read. I wish there was more of the mystery part of the book though, and maybe some of the real life bits, but the real life bits in this book just didn't work out. They were very abrupt and you didn't really know the whole story. If this was a sequel that would make more sense, because then you would already know the background and so the grudges and snip-its of the past would be familiar instead of just randomly thrown in. All in all this was a decent read, something you can pick up and breeze through.

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