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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Excellent book

    Loved the characters. They felt like old friends. The story was amazing. Definitely one that you dont want it to end. Highly recommend to teens and adults alike.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Nice, but Mediocre

    I was first tempted to read this book because the catchy front cover caught my eye. I then realized that the author was Tara Altebrando, a very successful writer of young adult fiction. However, "Dream Land Social Club" was mediocre at best and I was left unfulfilled.

    The difficult and choppy writing style makes it hard to develop a comfortable reading pace. The sentence structure and particular word choices felt like it was copied and pasted from other books.

    Of course, the characters which are the building blocks of any great story fell short. The author never fully explains each character and therefore are left wondering who they are. The book lacks in any emotional connection to the characters. In fact, they were rather unlikeable (maybe because of that reason). In the end of the book, there seemed to have been no personal development in any of the characters.

    The plot was rather dry and slow, with nothing exciting that hooks the reader and keeps them turning the page. Simple things were built up for entertainment and dramatic purposes to fuel the plot, but once such things were revealed, you were left feeling empty and bored.

    Overall, the plot was mediocre, the actual personalities of the characters were bland and unlikeable, or maybe not fully or correctly described and there was nothing interesting and important to take away from the book.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    A Beautiful Book

    Jane is used to moving around. Her father designs roller coasters and the family has moved many times to places where her father's work took them. This time it is to Coney Island, New York, the place where her mother grew up. Jane is both excited and nervous to learn more about her mother, who died when Jane was only six. But Jane ends up learning a lot more than that. With the help of new found friends, Jane will learn things about people she never dreamed she would meet, see things she never thought she would see, and will even fall in love.

    This book was AWESOME. I wanted to sit and soak up all of the Coney Island history, stories, and lore. I wanted to Google references as soon as I read about them. I loved all of the Coney Island history that is woven so tightly into the story. The atmosphere was rich with the salty sea air and sights and sounds Coney Island brings to it's visitors. Jane was a well-fleshed out character and a perfect choice to narrate the reader through the happenings of her experiences. The Tattooed Boy is totally romantic, and Jane's small friend Babette is honest and cute. There are a ton of "freaks" and "carnies" in this book, and Tara Altebrando is sensitive with her material while being unapologetic at the same time. I imagine many readers will want to visit the actual Coney Island after reading about the Dreamland Social Club. I have not read Tara's other two books, but I am interested in picking them up after reading this one, for sure!

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