The Girl Who Could Not Dream book review

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The Girl Who Could Not Dream book review

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Sunshine State Young Reader Awarded The Girl Who Could Not Dream is a beautiful book written by Sarah Beth Durst. It is about how Sophie’s parents own a secret dream shop, but when many bottles are stolen and her parents go missing, all the clues point to a testy customer. Along with Ethan, a friend from school, her pet Monster, and others they befriend on the way, they work to stop the evil man behind it all and the group of monsters that he is controlling. Spoiler: they succeed in their mission, and Sophie even gains some friends along the way.

I highly recommend this book. It would almost be slow if not for the hilarious humor (especially Monster’s). The setting seems so ordinary at first, but once the story gets moving, it’s a real page-turner. There are many great descriptions of action and magic. This book was very well-written, and actually made me laugh aloud and even cry.

Overall, this book was easy to understand, though it did require more thought than most books. It was very interesting, and thoroughly enjoyable. However, when a character would join Sophie after she released another monster, they would always ask questions. Although this makes sense, it would get tedious after a while because Sophie would always explain, but the reader already knew how it happened. (A good example of dramatic irony.)

From this reading experience, I have learned that you shouldn’t always judge someone based on how they seem on the outside. Monster was clearly a nice creature, despite his scary appearance. It can go both ways though: Christina seemed like she could be Sophie’s best friend, but when her true identity was revealed, we learned that she is not as sweet as she seemed.

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