Review: When Dreams Come True by Rebecca Emin

29002254Book: When Dreams Come True
Author: Rebecca Emin
Date of Publication: February 3, 2016  
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: middle grade, ya, fiction, romance
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 156
Rating: 4/5 Beans 


Short Summary:

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?

My Thoughts:

As I’m getting more into reading middle grade, I’m finding that it is actually a very interesting and fun!  It’s nice to have a different point of view being told.

This book is super cute, it’s a an easy to read story about a young girl learning the importance of family. Charlie spends a week of school trying to stay out of the way of her parents who are busy taking care of her dad’s sister.  While her aunt is the woman who seems to have understood Charlie the best, it’s hard when Charlie isn’t allowed to see her and just sits and waits for her parents to return and say that her beloved aunt has died.  Meanwhile, she is struggling to understand what is going on between her parents and what secrets her aunt’s house is hiding

This is also a story about a young girl learning the importance of friendship and trying to keep up as these friends are changing.  One word here: hormones.  This book is about that beginning time that we all went through when we were really just noticing the opposite gender (or same depending on your views) and how attractive other people could really be. Charlie struggles with her best friend, Allie, having crushes and going on dates and with her lifelong friends, Max and Toby, acting a bit strange around girls.  Honestly, growing up as ‘one of the boys’, and suddenly finding that your friends are acting strange only to realize that you are having similar feelings that could mess with your friendships? It’s a ver familiar scene and a very awkward one to find oneself in.


Rebecca Emin has presented us with a cute, easy-to-read, beachside story about family and friendship and figuring out those early teenaged hormones.  Four out of five beans from me, with thanks to Gingersnap Books and NetGalley for a copy of this book for review!

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