Disneylanders

Disneylanders

by Kate Abbott

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ISBN-13: 9780991295401
Publisher: Bamboo Forest Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 1,027,554
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Kate Abbott is a former video game guidebook writer and editor, literary journal fiction editor, and contributing editor for a Disney park-focused newsletter. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, Palm Desert. Kate lives in Sacramento, California, with her husband, son, terrier, and tiny parrots.

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Disneylanders 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. I absolutely loved the overall story and how two young teens find out who they are and begin to appreciate what they have. Great book for teens and adults as well.
NKReinert More than 1 year ago
Disneylanders takes on a big topic–when are we too old for Disneyland? Is it crazy and childish to be in love with a theme park? Are we foolishly surrounded by fake bricks and fiberglass facades, or does our love for this place of dreams still have a valid role in our adult lives? And in the midst of a budding first romance and the need to get away from our parents and strike out for freedom, don’t we still all belong together, as a family, while we’re at Disneyland? Casey is on vacation with her parents–the same Disneyland vacation they have taken year after year, but this year, things feel different. She feels pressure to grow up–possibly into a person she doesn’t really like, as her (former) best friend has done. Her parents seem more annoying and overbearing than ever before, and when she meets a teenage guy named Bert (a delightfully dorky reference to Mary Poppins that they both get), Casey finds herself embarking on her first act of teenage rebellion. There are worse places than Disneyland to do that sort of thing, I supposes you, the reader, follow her characters through a tumultuous two days in Disneyland, you feel every emotion, see every land, even smell the churros and popcorn. No opportunity to examine the way that Disneyland makes us feel is ever wasted.
PidginPea More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Disney geek. My family vacationed there at least twice a year while I was growing up, I fell in love with a fellow Disney geek, we got engaged in Disney World, we both worked in Disney World... So needless to say, I'm coming into this review with just a *bit* of a personal bias. :) I do think that having an appreciation of Disney or at least a familiarity with the parks definitely would help in getting the most out of Disneylanders. There are so many wonderful details about the parks that someone who's spent a day park-hopping would truly appreciate. And then there are loads of smaller details that only true Disney geeks would appreciate - my favorite being the quotes from the attractions that start off each chapter. It was like a game for me to see if I could figure out where each quote came from. (Abbott very kindly provides a list at the end of the book of exactly where each quote is from, which was great for the ones that I'm embarrassed to say I was stumped on!) That being said, a love or familiarity with Disney is definitely not required to enjoy Disneylanders, as the story itself is fun regardless of its setting and has one of the cutest romances I've read in a long time. Casey and Bert are just too adorable. We get to follow them around the parks as they get to know each other and slowly start to flirt. I think this middle grade book would be perfect for readers who are just starting to develop crushes and have first dates, as the romance is very innocent and Casey's feelings of wanting her own space away from her parents are very relatable. It reminded me of Disney trips in my own middle school days where I was allowed to go solo in the parks for the first time, away from my parents. I remember being very conscious of what cute boys were around me in line and what other girls my age were wearing or doing (like how Casey comes across "The Bra-Strap Girls," who are trying way too hard and somehow keep showing up at the same places she and Bert go). Disneylanders has awesome Disney details, a sweet romance, and some mild family drama which I'm sure most readers can relate to (or look back and relate to): feeling like your parents are interfering in every possible way when you're starting to really need your own space and independence. I would definitely recommend this to middle grade readers who are looking for a light, sweet romance where a crush slowly begins to turn into something more, especially readers who are Disney geeks like me! { I received an ebook copy of this book from the author, which was very kind but did not influence the above honest review. }
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finley went to disneyland it was sooo fin you should go on the calfornia screain it is so fun it has one looop.
ChiKittie More than 1 year ago
Disneyland. Happiest Place on Earth! For Casey, not so much. Casey (short for Acacia) has always loved Disneyland. Every year her family and her best friend, Kiley takes a trip there. It's the one thing Casey looks forward to each Summer without a doubt. Although this year is different. This time Casey will be going without her (so-called BFF) Kiley. Kiley pretty much dumped Casey and has moved on (and up the social latter) in school, leaving Casey behind. So much for Happiest Place on Earth. Casey ends up still going to Disney only this time with her parents. Oh what fun! NOT!  Although, someone is about to change all that. While standing in line for the Indiana Jones Adventure ride Casey meets a boy named Bert and his younger sister Margret. Casey and Bert becoming instant friends. They both adore Disneyland; the magic, the rides and just having fun and being a kid. This bond leads to both Casey and Bert wanting to stay together and do EVERYTHING that this magical land has to offer.  Riding the rides, over and over again, eating junk food, buying souvenirs but most of all getting to know each other. Casey and Bert know their time together won't last forever. But will their friendship? The one word that comes to mind for this book is: CUTE! I have always loved Disney World, never been to Disneyland but I image they are both a lot alike. Like Casey I looked forward to going and never wanted to leave. Who wouldn't? The story of Casey and Bert really was magical. Not just their friendship (and budding romance) but seeing each of them grow and change by the end of the book. Being a kid is not always easy. In the beginning of the book the reader can clearly see how much Casey was hurting and disappointed by the loss of her best friend. I really loved how meeting and being with Bert really changed Casey's outlook.  Author Kate Abbott has written a super fun middle-grade novel. One that not only shows you everything that's exciting, fun and magical about Disneyland but the journey that Casey and Bert take together. I would differently recommend this book to all young readers as well as adults. I had a blast reading author Kate Abbott debut novel and I know you will too.