Review: Dreamland

DreamlandDreamland by Sarah Dessen

Penguin Books (2000)

ISBN 9780142401750

The story of misguided love and the spiral of abusive teen relationships, this story explores the uncontrollable cycle of abuse that so many teens encounter in their early relationships. Our narrator, Caitlin, is 16 and after her sister runs away, Caitlin is desperate to make some big changes in her own life at home. when she meets the mysterious and seductive boy with the dark green eyes, she knows he is trouble but she cannot resist the temptation to try a little danger for a change. She does not realize he may be a danger to her until it is too late for her to stop her feelings from growing.

This story is a good one for teens but also parents of teens, as it explores a very difficult and often invisible topic in a way that makes it safe for discussions and consideration when it is only hypothetical.

Quantitative: Lexile Level: 920; ATOS 5.8

Qualitative: Upper Grades (9-12)

Content Area: English; Health – Abusive Relationships/Teens

Common Core Standards:

Additional/Digital Content: Teen Health: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/abuse.html

Teens Against Abusive Relationships: http://www.teensagainstabuse.org/index.php?q=cycle

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