Book Review: Dream Things True // A Fluffy Approach To A Hard Topic

Dream Things True
By: Marie Marquardt
 ★ 1/2
90% out of 100
Teen Book

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest-opinion review. This, however does not change my views in the book in any way, shape, or form.  


Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart -- until the day he jumps into her dad's truck and slams on the brakes. 
The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They both want out of this town. His one-way ticket is soccer; hers is academic success.

When they fall in love, they fall hard, trying to ignore their differences. Then Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids in their town, and Alma knows that she needs to share her secret. But how will she tell her country-club boyfriend that she and almost everyone she's close to are undocumented immigrants?
What follows is a beautiful, nuanced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one's family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives. This page-turning debut asks tough questions, reminding us that love is more powerful than fear.

What I Liked:
☀ This book was a new, unique, and different read.
☀ This book was hilarious, and laugh-out-loud funny.
☀ Alma and a few of the other characters had a lot of character development.
☀ The plot, dialogue, and writing style were both cute and funny. 
☀ The unique voice that this book was told in. 

The Characters:
Alma was: smart, quirky, caring, unique, has lots of character development. Alma did annoy me at some points, but was overall a great character. 

Evan was: caring, cute, but was kind of flat and had little character development. Evan also annoyed me. Getting married at eighteen most likely will not solve her problems. 

What I disliked:
I didn't dislike much about this book, but it was not perfect and I was sometimes annoyed while reading it. 

In Conclusion:
I would recommend if you are looking for:

☀ A Cute Contemporary with a deeper element
☀A Book on Mexican immigrants
☀A Quick Read


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