Saturday, June 11, 2016

DREAM WORLD by S.J. Hitchcock


Series:  Dream World #1

Author:  S.J. Hitchcock

Publish Date:   09.18.13

Publisher:  Freaky Fiction Writing

Category:  Children’s fiction, Teens

Recommended for:  tweens, early teens

Grammar/editing:  C – average writing

Received from:  the author in exchange for an honest review / blog tour

Goodreads:  Dream World

Date completed: 09.21.13


Description from the publisher:

Debbie witnesses the death of her mother, and uses her dreams as a way to escape the real world.  Where she feels safe and loved, in Joshua Lawson’s arms, the guy from her favourite TV show Victor, and from her favourite poster above her bed.

Karen is ignored by all her family, she really just wants to be loved by them, and takes out her anger on her former best friend, Debbie and anyone who gets in her way.

Lastly, Mark whose shipped off to the UK to live, while his parents are on tour for the next year.  And Mark has always lived in the shadow of his cousin.


Feeling as though she is to blame for her mother’s death, Debbie prefers to live in her dream world, safe within the arms of her TV crush.  She and her family face that first year without the backbone of their family with tears and each other.  Meanwhile, back at school, Debbie is moving on with classes, her best friend, mean girls, and the new boy in school.


This is a wonderful visit to the world of students in about the 8th and 9th grades.  First crush, first kiss, and first bras, while dealing with the confusions of family, friends, and the opposite sex.  Though this book stands well on its own, there is a definite opening for more books making this a series.


This book is also a great look into the emotions of dealing with sudden and horrific loss.  Because her mother was on the way to pick Debbie up from a day of swimming, she feels as though she is to blame for the car crash that killed her mother, a crash that she witnessed happening.  That first year is something for which you cannot prepare yourself.  I know, for myself, I was a non-functioning member of society for several years after the loss of my child.  Grief is hard, but this book approaches it with empathy, sympathy, and respect.


My only complaint** and I did not hold this against the author was the difference in British and American English.  In my last review, I mentioned that I needed some assistance with reading British English.  In this book, it is my opinion that the author needs some assistance with her American English.  I believe she should have asked an American to help her with her American character, Mark.  In America, we don’t use the words trolley (grocery cart), trainers (sneakers), jumpers (jackets), or crisps (potato chips), among others.  Since this is written in the first person as seen through the eyes of three of the main characters, I think it would have added an extra texture to the book to have written Mark’s thoughts in the mannerisms of an American.


** post note:  I know that the author has republished and addressed this issue.  Also, just look at that beautiful new cover!


The Dream World series:

  1. Dream World
  2. Daydreaming



originally posted 09.22.2013 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books


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