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by Sarah Dessen



Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships-and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way.

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ISBN: 0142401757
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...light next to my father's chair, by the window, was still on. "Bye," I said, walking around the front of the car, wondering if I'd ever see him again or if he just cruised the county, seducing cheerleaders on some eternal quest, obsessed with letter sweaters and pompoms. It was a full moon as I walked up my front steps, bra in my pocket. In less than seven hours my entire life had shifted and changed, starting with that man yelling Cass's name and ending here, as I listened to Rogerson Biscoe start his car and rumble slowly down the street. It was like it had all happened to someone else, but each thing, each kiss and thought, were strangely mine. He beeped the horn, once, and I turned back to watch as he hit the gas, taillights growing dimmer as he picked up speed over the bridge, to the highway. Once inside, I washed my face, put on my pajamas, and crawled into bed, reaching under the mattress to pull out the dream journal. I flipped to the first page again, where I'd only written...

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All comments: 7


04 Mar 2011 10:41:42

Good book, really.

04 Mar 2011 10:16:47

Great book.


07 Feb 2011 06:50:19

This is an heart wrenching story. It's painful and very realistic. An amazing read.


18 Jan 2011 16:22:15

love love love love.


21 Nov 2010 01:18:39

this make think about every person who goes through this and how important is to help them out of it

10 Sep 2010 12:09:22

An emotionally exhausting story about a teenage girl whose problems multiply exponentially as the pages turns. It's obvious that Dreamland is an important book exploring an important topic using a well-written story to warn about the dangers of abusive relationships. It is realistic and painful, how can a girl love someone like that?

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My sister Cass ran away the morning of my sixteenth birthday. She left my present, wrapped and sitting outside my bedroom door, and stuck a note for my parents under the coffeemaker.


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"I just don't understand this, " she was saying shakily to my father, who was standing beside her in his pajamas without his glasses on.


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The coffeemaker was spitting and gurgling happily behind them, like this was any other morning.


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I burst through it into the air to finally breathe on my own


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It's so easy to get caught up in what people expect of you. Sometimes, you can just lose yourself.

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