*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* About the book:
Title: When Dreams Come True
Author: Rebecca Emin
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, middle grade
Charlie is happiest when biking with Max and Toby, or watching films with Allie. But when Charlie reaches year nine (age 13), everything begins to change.
As her friends develop new interests, Charlie’s dreams become more frequent and vivid, and a family crisis tears her away from her friends.
How will Charlie react when old family secrets are revealed? Will her life change completely when some of her dreams start to come true?
Source: Thanks so much to Gingersnap Books for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
Review: This was a pretty cute, innocent read, and I enjoyed it! Though it tended to get a little bit unrealistic at times with the cliche love triangles and the school drama, I still thought that the author added on a pretty unique spin to it! This book centres around a 13 year old girl named Charlie, who has three tight-knit friends; Max, Toby, and Allie. She has always been a dreamer, but recently her dreams have been becoming much more vivid, to the point where they actually start coming true! Even though this book may seem to mostly revolve around her experiences at school, it mostly takes place at her aunt’s house, ahem, MANSION, because of something that happened to her (Don’t want to spoil it!). This book also does not centre much around the dreams, though looking at the title and the synopsis, it may seem to. I found that though a lot of Charlie’s dreams are described in the book, many of them only partly come true, and are still very different from what they were in her head. I felt like the author could have done a better job making them actually happen, and the consequences that they would have led to. In spite of all this, her friends, though often a bit innocent for the age of 13, were very supportive, kind, and overall amazing to Charlie and, of course, to each other! They are the types of friends that I really enjoy reading about in books, always lending a helping hand and barely ever putting each other down, even if for fun. I really enjoyed the writing style, even though the characters could have been a little less naive and a bit more well-developed. Emin’s writing definitely has a super unique flair to it! I would recommend this book to any tween or younger teen who wants a good, solid middle grade read. Tweens may be able to relate more to the characters because they are honestly more like them, and not really like teens. I know that if I was just a few years younger, I would’ve absolutely devoured this book! This story would still be a fun and quick read for teens though, too! Just know that the characters may not be up to par with the expectations of most other teenage characters.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars!