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Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Kendra must face her past and stop hurting herself--before it's too late.

Awards: #1 in the Top 10 ALA Quick Picks, ALA's Rainbow List, a Governor General Literary Award Finalist, Staff Pick for Teaching Tolerance.

Yes, it's my own arm on the cover of SCARS.

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Caitlyn, a telepath in a world where having any paranormal power at all can kill her, must decide between saving herself or saving the world.

Awards: A finalist for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award.

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Kate sees visions of the future--but only when she has an asthma attack. When she "sees" her sister being beaten, and a schoolmate killing herself, Kate must trigger more attacks--but that could kill her.

Awards: 2013 Gold Winner, Wise Bear Digital Awards, YA Paranormal category.

STAINED book cover

Sarah, a teen with a port-wine stain and body image issues, is abducted, and must find a way to rescue herself.

“Powerful. I raced through it, wanting to know if Sarah would find a way to escape both her captor and her self-doubts. A real nail-biter!“
- April Henry, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

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Dreamland

Review

Dreamland
by Sarah Dessen
Puffin Books (Reprint),(2002)
ISBN-10: 0142300675

My rating:



Caitlin was used to living in the shadow of her overachieving, "perfect" older sister. But when her sister runs away, Caitlin is left to deal with her mother's anguish and increased demands on Caitlin (that once were focused on her sister), her father's apparent lack of caring, and her own turmoil of feelings. As Caitlin struggles with her feelings and her own self-worth, she meets Rogerson—a wealthy, handsome, and attentive boy who seems interested in her. He's rebellious and different from anyone she knows, and she starts hanging around with him and his friends, and ignoring her own. But Rogerson becomes controlling, intimidating, and physically abusive, and pressures her to have sex when she doesn't want to and doesn't enjoy it. At times he forces himself on her. The abuse gets progressively worse, but Caitlin feels unable to end their relationship and escape from him. What she really needs is someone to notice and help her. In the end, she gets the help she needs—but only after a crisis. An intense, compelling story that is vivid and well written, and only briefly strays from intensity and quality. Realistic, honest, and powerful, this is one good book.


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