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Dream Journal

December 3, 2012 on 8:32 pm | In Dream Types | 3 Comments

” Will she die soon? ” Sixteen-year-old Livy Moore has finally summoned the courage to ask about her mother`s illness. But she already knows the answer: for two years, Livy has watched her mother grow smaller and weaker. Now, in a series of journal entries, Livy chronicles the summer before her junior year–the summer she watches her mother slip away from her, as she succumbs to breast cancer. Livy has survived the pain of losing her mother by shutting herself off from the rest of the world. She has alienated herself from her best friend, and her and her father live as strangers in the same house, barely speaking, and never allowing themselves to share the grief that is tearing each of them apart. But when Livy gets swept up in a strong but ill-fated crush, and her mother`s condition worsens, she must learn to trust not only those around her, but herself. A beautifully written coming-of-age novel, Dream Journal gazes unflinchingly at the pain of loss and the beauty in survival.

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  1. What a wonderful story! Dream Journal takes on two tough subjects: a mother’s fatal illness and the two-headed monster, teenage alienation/ rebellion. And the result, in well-written prose, successfully delivers suspense, tears and joy. The story centers on Livy the summer before her seventeenth birthday. She is a bright, responsible girl whose mother is dying inside the home. Her father, a football coach, spends much of his time at the mother’s bedside. But sometimes he leaves the house and Livy becomes the reluctant caretaker. She is lonely and isolated until she opens the door to her best friend. Together they explore life without adults, make new friends, and harvest the consequences of poorly thought-out choices. The readers are led into Livy’s world in her Dream Journal, which is her repository of hope, dreams and reality. It is in her journal that her heart opens to her mother, father and self. The result is a page turner, every word a well-crafted pearl. Bravo Karen Halvorsen Schreck!

    Comment by Mary Herlehy — December 3, 2012 #

  2. Courtesy of Teens Read Too Livy Moore is sixteen years old, and facing something no sixteen-year-old should have to face.Her mother is dying.Upon learning this, upon hearing for certain that it is inevitable, Livy shuts herself off from her friends, from her family, and from her own life.Recording it all in her journal, Livy shares with readers the powerful emotions involved in love, loss, and life. She’s forced out of her hiding place, forced to confront the reality that hiding from life will not make it all go away and will not make it any easier.DREAM JOURNAL is a painful, honest, and wonderfully written story that should not be missed. Populated by realistic characters and full of the emotions that make Livy’s story real, it’s a sad, hopeful story, and one readers will not soon forget.Reviewed by: Jocelyn Pearce

    Comment by TeensReadToo "Eat. Drink. Read. Be Merrier." — December 3, 2012 #

  3. Gritty and Emotional Story of Loss and Grief Dream Journal is a emotional story of how people deal with grief. The story opens as Livy, our main character, recounts her dream in the journal her mother gave her. Although Livy’s mother is in critical condition and is very close to dying, Livy’s dad swears her to secrecy so that no one will know the the pain Moore’s are going through. People deal with loss and grief in a variety of different ways, it just so happens, Livy’s father’s way of dealing with her mother’s cancer is by acting like everything is fine. As for Livy, she hides. She hides from her mother, her father, and her best friend. Eventually, Ruth, Livy’s best friend, looses interest in Livy leaving her alone with a group of trouble-making seniors she barely even knows. Even though Dream Journal is a well written sad story of loss and goodbyes, it was not a very enjoyable book. First off, I began to immediately dislike Ruth for abandoning Livy in her time of need-Ruth was suddenly too busy chasing boys and getting into trouble. Livy also started associating with a group of party-hardy teenagers who jeopardize their chances of escaping small-town life with a thought-to-be harmless prank. To me, Livy’s personality was numb like the pain she was feeling, so naturally the book is pretty depressing. I cried-which I rarely ever do-and I had bad dreams while reading it. The ending of Dream Journal was predictable, as was Ruth’s misfortune.Recommendation: While it was a very dramatic and a painfully honest story, I don’t feel like Dream Journal is a “enjoyable” book to read; of course it probably wasn’t mean to be. Because I feel only so-so about this book-mainly because I don’t like depressing plots or themes-I can only recommend to older teens who can relate to the loss, grief, and confusion Livy goes through.For ages 16+.(Includes: sexual content/references, language)

    Comment by Books and Literature for Teens (BLT) — December 3, 2012 #

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