Dream Me

Dream Me

by Kathryn Berla

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ISBN-13: 9781944995201
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Berla likes to write in a variety of genres including light fantasy, contemporary literary fiction, and even horror. She is the author of the young adult novels: 12 Hours in ParadiseDream MeThe House at 758, and Going PlacesThe Kitty Committee is her first novel written for adult readers.

Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. Her love for experiencing new cultures runs deep, and she gives into it whenever she can. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood, and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book.

Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Dream Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Babe is used to moving a lot because of her father's job. This time she has to start over in Sugar Dunes, a small town in Florida. Babe's father has arranged for his daughter to work at the local tennis shop, so Babe has something to do during the summer and will have the chance to earn some money. In her new home Babe's nights become more interesting than her days, she starts dreaming about Zat, a boy she has an instant connection with. The dreams feel real and each morning Babe has a terrible headache. Who is Zat and why is he occuring in Babe's dreams? When Zat meets Babe he feels like he belongs. His life on Earth is limited, because he's from the far away future and time is running out for the planet. His family has already left and now Zat has to find a way to secure his own future. While his family chose to relocate, Zat doesn't want to leave Earth and is traveling back in time. He's part of Babe's dreams and enjoys finding out how his planet looked before it lost its fertility. However, Zat knows being part of Babe's dreams hurts her, can he find a solution to be with the girl he would love to spend the rest of his days with, without leaving her in pain after every visit? Dream Me is a fabulous original story. I loved reading about Zat's world. He's from the future and has to leave that life behind. While that's a big change he's mainly looking at the positive side, he has the chance to get to know Babe. Babe is a sweet and pretty girl. She's also talented and smart and knows what she wants. I admired her courage. She has to start over every time her father finds a new job and she still makes friends easily and treats a new place as a permanent home. I liked her vibrant spirit. It was fun to find out more about her daily and nightly activities. I liked this idea a lot and read the story in one sitting. Kathryn Berla has a wonderful captivating writing style. I especially like her vivid descriptions of each main character, their surroundings and their thoughts, dreams and emotions. The result is a well balanced and enchanting story filled with interesting dialogue and unexpected moments. Dream Me is fascinating in many different ways and each detail is exactly as it should be. I love a good time travel story and this book definitely falls into that category. It's creative, compelling and romantic.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
At times, DREAM ME felt like two different tales, but woven together, they tell the story of Babe and Zat, an unusual couple in an impossible situation. Babe's father is a golf pro, and she and her family move around for his job. The latest move takes them to the Florida coast where she meets the locals over the summer before her senior year of high school. Included are the queen bee, Mattie Lynn and her minions, LeGrand, the poor little rich boy who only comes on his yacht for the summer with his parents, and Mai, the daughter of the owners of the local fish market who befriends Babe. An avid tennis player, Babe takes a job in the tennis pro shop where she helps Mattie Lynn with her charity program, throwing her in the path of other local kids. The move also triggers vibrant dreams where Babe continually meets with a boy named Zat. She's inexplicably drawn to Zat and during the day, longs for sleep so she can be with him. Throughout the summer, Babe navigates the waters of new friendships, unusual dreams, and corporate politics when the chairman of the board of the club where she and her parents work has designs on an underage Babe. The majority of the story takes place during waking hours and reads like a typical contemporary novel. The dream sequences are written as blog posts by Babe.What it's missing, for me anyway, is more time travel. Billed as a young-adult time-traveling romance, I expected more time traveling. Yes, Zat is from the future, but it's Babe's story for the most part. Zat's point of view is told in third-person and is sparse and too brief in my opinion. Plot The plot is two-pronged. The first centers on Babe's dream world and her relationship with Zat. The other is her relationships with the people in her waking world. Even as Babe grows closer to Zat in her subconscious, her friendships with new friends develop and grow. There isn't much overlap, which is why it feels like two separate stories sometimes. There are some things I would have liked to see more of, though. For one, with something this sci-fi-y, I would have liked to see a little more world building. I didn't understand how the time travel worked or what the rules were. This became particularly muddled at the end. The other is that I felt like Babe's relationship with Zat wasn't nearly as well developed as her relationships with Mai or LeGrand. Even her relationship with Mattie Lynn seemed to have more depth. As a result, I was a little ambivalent about them being together. Characters I loved Babe. She's spunky, fierce, but still believable as a seventeen-year-old girl. LeGrand, Mai and the rest of Babe's friends are exactly the kind of friends anyone would wish for. But I never got a strong sense of who Zat is, even though we get bits and pieces of his point of view. What I Enjoyed About DREAM ME 1. Babe. She's a fantastic young adult protagonist with the right balance of burgeoning independence and insecurities to make her completely relateable. 2. Settings. The author has the ability to bring her settings vividly to life. While I'm not all that familiar with Florida, it was easy to visualize the scenes. 3. Friendship. As the new girl in town, Babe's blossoming relationships were depicted as organic and authentic. 4. The Concept. I really liked the idea behind DREAM ME, but I felt like it left a lot on the table. 5. Twists. There were a few of unexpected twists toward the end that left me smiling. Bottom Line A scifi wrapped up in a contempora
Fawnzy More than 1 year ago
This was a story that could have been deep and complicated. I am very happy to say that Kathryn did not take that path. Even with some more complicated and sensitive things happening, the story stays light and fun to read. The story bounces between what is happening and Babe writing in her blog. I did not have any trouble keeping up and understanding what was going on because of this. It was easy to picture everything as described and the characters were easy to get into. It was almost like getting two books in one.
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
2,5 STARS I remember getting this book a long while ago and was really looking forward to it. The blurb sounded exciting and intriguing, so I thought why not give it a go. So now I finally read it and I hate to say it but I'm actually quite disappointed by the weak plot. The way this story started left me totally confused since the author doesn't tell us exactly what's happening. You get a teenager in the present time that moved to a new town because of her father's job. And then you have a boy that still lives on Earth but not really, since the Earth that we know is dying and the people have mutated to some sort of lizard like creatures. Which btw. I loved, a great spin on the main character. But what bothered me is that we get this information almost near the end of the story. So all this time I was practically wondering what Zat is and what the actual plot is. And, yes, the plot is super weak. It's starts of fine but then you read and read, nothing really happens. She lives her normal life, makes friends, gets a job and only meets up with Zet in her dreams and that only for a short period of time. So we actually almost don't get to see him in the real world. (view spoiler) And then all of a sudden, the story comes to it's end. And you're left even more confused, like that was it? Huh? I expected more.
EALANGE More than 1 year ago
Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult romance with time traveling and romance. Zat exists in a distant future where Earth Is no longer habitable and people are leaving earth to find homes on other planets. Zat is a dreamer and wants to risk everything for a girl named Babe he sees in his dreams even though his peers warn him against it. Babe and her family have moved again. With her dads job as a pro golfer they move all the time and she really just wants to stay in one place for a while. Babe begins to have strange dreams of Zat and shows him her world. I found this book to be very unique and different. The author has some imagination to come up with something like this because it was a first for me. I enjoyed Babes character and was so happy to see a teenager without the bratty attitude you see so much now. The writing was good and kept me interested. I liked how each chapter basically went back and forth from Babe and Zat. I finished majority of this book in one day so it was a pretty quick read. I thought Babe writing her dreams in a blog was a cool way to do it. Anyway I enjoyed this book and would read others by this author. 4 star rating.
Bobbi Wagner More than 1 year ago
Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult novel that will keep you engaged until the last page of the book. This story is about time travel and young love. I enjoyed this authors creative details throughout the story. I also enjoyed her creative imagination with her characters. The idea of traveling in dreams is interesting, that is what held my attention throughout this story. It has been awhile since I have read a good time travel story and this is it. This story will take you on a journey through dreams that you won't want to miss. Every night that Babe goes to sleep she dreams of a boy that she has never met. The problem with the boy named Zak is that he is human but he is from the future. He can only come to her while she is sleeping. This is the only way he can spend time with. But as the dreams continue, Babe wakes with pain and becomes more and more tired. Zak is determined to help her but will that mean never seeing her again? Babe and Zak's relationship is one that is based on living it through a dream. She is in a new town, making new friends, has a new job and now she forming a relationship with a boy in her dreams. He can only exist in her dreams, is it possible that one day they could have a relationship outside of her dreams? She starts wanting to sleep so that she could spend time with the boy in her dreams. When she starts having bad migraines because of the dreams, will Zak have to leave her? He doesn't like to see her so tired and in so much pain. What will happen when she starts confiding in her best friend about Zak? One of the things I enjoyed about the Babe was how she would use her blog to journal what is happening with her. With her doing this I think it made Zak a little more real. Zak only exists in her dreams and no one else can see him, so to others is he real or is he imagination. These are strong characters, they both have determination and compassion. Is there a future for them? What will she do when she finds out the true Zak? Will that make a difference in how she feels for him? You will need to read this book in order to get the full grasp of this story and the relationship they build in her dreams. This is my second book by Kathryn Berla and I enjoyed this one as much as the last one. Kathryn believes in love at first sight and happily ever afters. She writes about whatever makes her happy or interests her. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. You will enjoy how this story makes love sound sweet right along with the characters. You will enjoy the journey that Babe and Zak take you on. They have compassion, fantasy, and love. They will pull you into their sci-fi world and make you want to keep reading just to see what will happen. I highly recommend this book as I know you will want to see what happens when you sleep and dream.
Debi-Kircher More than 1 year ago
Dream Me by Kathryn Berla 5 Stars I'll admit when I first started this book I was a bit concerned I would have a hard time with it, but just a few pages in I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished. This was my second book by this author and I loved the first one I read, I equally loved this one. This was unlike any story I have ever read and it definitely left me wanting more. I will be reading everything this author writes from this point forward. This is about a 17 year old girl named Babe, named after the most famous female golfer. Her dad was a golf pro, causing her family to move around a lot. Babe had gotten used to this and it didn't bother her anymore. As her and her mother arrive in their new home in the panhandle of Florida she is faced with yet more changes in her life. Her first love is tennis so her dad gets her a job at the tennis portion of the country club he works for. She has started having dreams of a guy, his name is Zat, it's dreams she can't explain because they are dreams that continue nightly, like they are real life but then not at the same time. Zat is a human from a distant future that has chosen to go back to earth as it used to be instead of choosing to follow his family into new adventures, and the only way he can exist is through Babe’s dreams. Babe meets new friends in her new town and actually loves her new job, until one of the rich members of the country club makes her uncomfortable, which leaves her with a decision that could affect her family's future in their new home. When she decides to trust her new best friend with her dreams and the issues at work her friend becomes her comfort. Her dreams are causing her to be more and more tired each morning and the more intense her dreams the more her head hurts in the morning. Zat will do anything to ease the pain he is causing Babe, even if it means leaving her dreams forever, they have fallen in love in her dreams, this she carries with her in her waking life. What happens when Zat chooses to be completely honest with Babe and shows her his true self? Babe has a blog which she uses as an online diary for anyone to read. I loved this and I loved the comments left on her blog. This was an amazing story well thought out and described. I loved the friendships that were formed and the truth that was revealed in these friendships. I would love to read more about all of these characters in the future, but if I don't, my imagination of where they all end up will be enough for me :)
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
Starting with the positive I have to say, I absolutely love the cover. It’s really eye catching ans beautiful. Now, what about the story? It’s some kind of love story and I had high hopes that I would love it just as much as the cover. Sadly, I did not. Don’t get me wrong. There was nothing wrong with the writing. But I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I wanted to know more about this dream world, but it wasn’t mentioned more than in her dreams and not especially colorful. Even though the novel couldn’t pull me in like I wanted to, I’m happy I read the book and I will try another book from the other. I think it was just me and the book not clicking. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing!