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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Dessen Narrator: Liz Morton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Wake up, Caitlin

Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else--her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?

In her most challenging novel yet, acclaimed author Sarah Dessen guides readers through the harrowing netherworld of a young woman’s shattered dreams to her profound awakening.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dessen’s dead-on handling of the psychological maelstrom that accompanies an abusive relationship is vivid, heartbreaking, and honest. This is intelligent fiction that takes a hard but realistic look at many of the pressures teens must face as they enter adulthood, including that first brush with true love. Dessen gets her message across loud and clear without any spoon-feeding or preaching, and the sweetly naive but wry voice of Caitlin is captivating, funny, and entertaining.”

    Barnes & Noble

  • “The characterizations have an unmistakable depth; readers may grow impatient with Caitlin and the obliviousness of her nearest and dearest, but they will believe she is real.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Dessen] convincingly portrays Caitlin’s emotional turmoil, making her appalling situation believable to readers.”


  • “Dessen masterfully traces the evolution of an abusive relationship in yet another breathtaking novel for young adults. She evokes the various masquerades of love through the couples in the novel…In examining the question of how much must be sacrificed to maintain a romantic relationship, Dessen has created a compassionate novel that examines how wrong love can go.”


  • “Powerfully written and not soon forgotten, Dreamland is the secret story of many contemporary teen relationships. Caitlin’s dependency on Rogerson is a realistic and finely drawn portrait of a young woman without a strong sense of self-esteem. Characters are well developed…The high school milieu is accurately depicted as is a family’s reaction to an unpredictable crisis. Compelling reading with contemporary teen appeal.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen.”


  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2001 New York Public Library Book for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Corrine | 5/23/2011

    " Not as good as i thought it would be, but i love how Sarah had the characters evolve. It was remarkably written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kendra | 5/23/2011

    " I read this book a couple years ago and out of all Sarah Dessens books this one has to be my favorite and i've read them all. Even as i'm getting older I still really enjoy her books and I probably always will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cienna | 5/19/2011

    " Honestly this book was hard for me to finish because it was so sad, but I really enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meghanmcfarlin | 5/14/2011

    " This book was one I didn't want to put down. Dessen writes in such a way that you feel so much empathy for the main character. You feel you understand her, even while you want her to change. "

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