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Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and For All

Love can be a very dangerous thing.
After her sister left, Caitlin felt lost.
Then she met Rogerson.
When she’s with him, nothing seems real.

But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?
“Another pitch-perfect offering from Dessen.” —Booklist, starred review

Sarah Dessen is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her contributions to YA literature, as well as the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.
Also by Sarah Dessen:
Along for the Ride
Just Listen
Keeping the Moon
Lock and Key
The Moon and More
Someone Like You
That Summer
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
What Happened to Goodbye
Saint Anything

Once and for All

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142401750
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/11/2004
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 66,401
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the author of thirteen novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers The Moon and MoreWhat Happened to GoodbyeAlong for the RideLock and KeyJust ListenThe Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal
Dessen’s books are frequently chosen for the Teens’ Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. They have been translated into twenty-five languages. Sarah Dessen is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the Young Adult division of the American Library Association.
Sarah Dessen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in creative writing. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.
Visit Sarah at sarahdessen.com.


Chapel Hill, NC

Date of Birth:

June 6, 1970

Place of Birth:

Evanston, Illinois


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, degree in English.

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Dreamland 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1280 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreamland by Sara Dessen is about a girl named Caitlin, age 16. On her birthday Caitlin's sister Cassandra runs away with her boyfriend, leaving her family disappointed and confused with what has happened. Soon after, Caitlin meets Rogerson Biscoe, a mysterious and appealing boy around her age. As their relationship grows stronger Caitlin finds herself in a twisted situation trying to decide between her world with Rogerson and her world with the rest of the people in her life. Caitlin's decision brings her to tough times in this supposed "Dreamland." Once this book got going I couldn't put it down, it is written with great detail and form. This wonderful coming of age story teaches a great lesson to girls 12+ while still keeping it interesting. I've never read anything like it and I can't wait to read more books by this author. Don't let the slow beginning keep you from continuing this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, "Dreamland" by Sarah Dessen , is about Caitlin (main character), her sister, Cass leaves on Caitlin's birthday to be with her boyfriend and get away from the college chaos. Caitlin's family goes through some really tough times and Caitlin, later on, decides to do cheerleading. This cheerleading activity leads to unsupervised parties and boys. Caitlin's new boyfriends name is Rogerson Biscoe, who she sees as a great guy, but ends up getting Caitlin into things she normally would not do. Rogerson is really good to Caitlin, until she doesn't show up for a shopping trip that they had planned, and their relationship pretty much goes downhill from there.
My favorite part of the book is when Caitlin's parents meet Rogerson. Friends of the family, Boo and Stewart, are playing Trivial Pursuit with Caitlin's parents and everything Rogrson says is correct, leaving the family amazed after some things that they had herd about him.
I defiantly recommend this book to anyone who is into "real life" books and anyone who will read for hours , because this book will leave you wanting to read on and want to know more. Not a disappointment.
TheSeparates More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I read it a few years ago, and it is still my favorite book of all time. I haven't found another book that could replace the magic of this book. It is a story that talks about the love and pain inside a teenage abusive relationship. It is gripping, scary, powerful, and yet, still beautiful. There is love. There is desire. There is pain. There is confusion. But most of all, there is an understanding you gain from reading this story. You learn to understand why maybe some girls are stuck, or choose to stay in abusive relationships. You may learn to understand the power and life behind a druggie. You may learn to appreciate life in ways you would've never seen before. The title of this book is perfect. It brings you into Caitlyns life - where everything seems fast paced at times, and slow at others. It's a life where nothing seems like it could be real. But the effects of living in this dreamland can kill her, but leaving it might also. I feel like I have learned from this book, something about myself, and other girls who may've gone through what Caitlyn has, and also the life behind someone like Rogerson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming, mysterious, and attractive; the first impression of Rogerson Biscoe. One would not think that someone who seemed so gentle could be capable of such monstrous things. Caitlin who is desperate to escape her older sister Cass's shadow and find comfort in her sudden departure. Instead she finds Rogerson the answer to all of her problems.. or so it seems. He brings in a few problems of his own; drugs and abusive habits. Caitlin soon gets hypnotized by his charm and quickly get's mixed up in his dark side. She turns her back on the people in her life that she cares most about, and with one decision she completely alters her life as she knows it. Seems in today's society lots of women and girls get mixed up in abusive relationships, Dessen in this book searches for the answer as to why girls feel trapped in this situation. She captures that by showing that Caitlin lacks love and Rogerson give's that to her, though only when she isn't late for meeting him, and talking to other guys, in this case doing thing that are apparently very wrong in Rogerson's mind. In Caitlin's life she has many people she can turn to for help like her sister, her mom, her best friend, and her neighbor, though shame overrides her want and her need to be rescued, from Rogerson deathly grasp on her and her world. Dessen does an astonishing job of showing Caitlin's struggles to over come her drug addiction and to escape Rogerson's fists. Dessen has generated a novel full of happy memorable moments as well as dark blood curdling scenes, only making the readers never want to put the novel down. She shows young girls and even women that it is hard to escape an abusive relationship, but no impossible. This is by far one of Dessen's greatest novels. She captures the essence of Caitlin's double life in her odd fun loving family, and Rogerson's dark secrets, drug addiction, and his dark abusive side. In this book she demonstrates how Caitlin get's into this mess and how she escapes. Though it took lots of bruises along the way she overcame her addiction and her need to be loved by a man who loved her only after she is beaten several times. Dreamland is definitely a recommend read, Dessen did an incredible job on portraying what it is like to be in an abusive relationship
Jodi Molisani More than 1 year ago
this book is my faveorite book as of FOREVER im 13 and i can realate and i absoloutly love this book. its wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! If you are wondering if you should get it... just get it!!! Best book I have read in a while!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in the beginning of my sixth grade year and it had to have been one of the best books iveread in a while. Really, this book tells you to be careful abou who you chose to love and be with. That once you make choices they might not turn out how you want rhem to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows how anyone with stay will someone else, just because they feel needed. I liked this book because it also showed the way of a teenage girl trying to carve out her OWN path. It is not made by her older sister or her mother anymore. It is a great story that shows how one change or move in a life can change someone elses life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I practically cried my eyes out after reading this amazing book. It shows what people actually go through and opens up a whole new world to us. People usually have parents who do what Rogerson does and think that it's how a relashionship is supposed to be. I love Sarah Dessen PLEASE keep up the amazing work!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in tears. It is so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreamland Dreamland is a heart-tearing story by Sarah Dessen about a girl named Caitlin who finds love in a boy named Rogerson. They fall in love so deep that when he started to abuse her, she can’t pull away. Even after her sister runs away and Rogerson gives her drugs, she finds comfort in him. She is pulled from her family even more. This heart-warming story will have you intently reading till the end. I recommend this book for anyone in need of a brilliantly written sob story. Rebecca G.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book . It is the perfect mix of every thing i likenin a book. However i gave it a four star because it is to short all of the suspence was building up and then it just droped like she got tired of writing the book. This book is ok but so far my fave sarah dessen book is someone like you. Like i said good book but she definitley has better ones
Adii More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I liked the story behind it. But i think that the reason why everybody was so disappointed is because the most exciting part of the book doesn't come until the ennding of the book. All of Sarah Dessen's books are like that. She takes about 100 and something pages to explain the story behind every character and then thats when it starts to get exciting. I like to read books in less than a week. So if you have time, try not to read one chapter one day, then another one next week, because then you'll hate this book. but if you're a fast reader, read it the same day if you can. Thats what i did, and i really really liked it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors now, but this was the first book I read by her. I didn't like it AT ALL. The whole book felt detached, as if she was half asleep and nothing really made sense. I never felt like I actually knew the characters either. It felt too rushed and the whole "everywhere we go happens to be extremely dark" thing got old fast. I was very cautious reading another Dessen book after this, but luckily This Lullaby fixed my faith in her. Read her other books before trying to stay awake during this one.
pretty-in-pink More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to a person who is okay with reading a book that is a story of struggles, this is not a happy book. Although the ending does redeems itself, so if you love to see endings in which the main character survives and gains back what is lost, then this book is for you. The main story line of this book "Dreamland" is that of a teenage girl and her family, relationships, and internal struggles. Her sister was an all around star, academically, socially, and physically. She was constantly being overshadowed by her sister, feeling a lost of identity. Not that her sister tried to be an overcast, she allowed herself to be overshadowed and her mother was very bad at the equality of attention, and support. On her 16th birthday her sister runs away, having her birthday forgotten, and her mother completely distraught and occupied with getting her sister back. Caitlin tries out for the cheerleading squad because her best friend nags her too and she would be doing something similar to her sister. She makes it and is beginning to gain her mother back through her busy schedule. One night Caitlin is running into the gas station and she spots a mysterious boy, he is just staring at her from the hood of his car. Caitlin is not able to shake the impression of this guy. Later at a party she runs into him and learns his name is Rogerson, she ends up leaving with him. She begins to build a relationship with him. What drew Rogerson to Caitlin was that he was all new, something that her sister never touched. As she keeps seeing him she discovers he's a pot dealer; she stays with him. Over time she begins to smoke pot, all her extra time she spends with him. She starts to slip away from her family, friends, and commitments. Rogerson is very demanding of her, becoming angry if Catlin is late meeting him. He begins to hit her, and it starts to become a regular occurrence and she doesn't know how to get out of it. As you can see this is a story about a girl who looses herself. If you are willing to ride out the hard times to see her hit rock bottom, and recover. Recovering is a long and painful process. She has to learn how to build up her relationships, to trust and to find herself again. The ending will not fail you, you will leave this book with a sense of hope and revitalized.
bethany56 More than 1 year ago
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen is a great page turning book. It is mainly about Caitlin, who becomes a completely different person after her sister, Cass, runs away. She ends up a cheerleader, taking drugs, and having an abusive boyfriend. This book always makes me want to know whats going to happen next, and how she is going to deal with the next hole shes dug herself into. You feel like you really know Caitlin, and you understand why she does all the things that she has done wrong in her life. Even though you know they aren't right, the things she does always seems a little bit better when she explains her reasoning. It makes you think about actions a little more and the thought process behind it. It is very well written and I would recommend it to girls because it is written more for them. I would pick up this book if you get the chance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great look at teen relationship problems/situations. New look at what victums of domestic violence need to remember and to do, the girl in this book shys away and avoids help all because she thinks she has no one to turn to. It reminds readers that you always need to be there for somebody and know that there is always someone to go to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book based on relationships, pressure, and friendship was absolutely amazing. Ive read this book three times and i always get shocked on the same parts. Its emotional, realistic, and informant. I absolutely loved it.
ageek4reading More than 1 year ago
When i read this book i couldnt help but cry. The fact that the guy she thought was amazing begins to abuse her she didnt have a clue on what to do. This book is so realistic cause it reminds me so much of a person. Dessen did an incredible job on this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was not sure if I would like this book. To be honest I thought the main character was a guy. Until she talked about a skirt. You may laugh but I dose not tell where any girl things may be brought up. I thought when Catlin was being abused It was really sad I almost wanted to cry for her because she did not know he would be like this. I would recommend this book to 7th grade and older. It was really good but It had mature things in it. Older kids would be able to understand more. I think this book is a 5 out of 5 it was really good. I would defiantly read this book again.
BLAIR44 More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing. You hear people saying how some books are amazingly realistic and they felt like they were actualy there, sometimes you might not believe it, but in this book it is so true. (If you have not read this book yet, do not read this part) When Rogerson first hit Kaitlyn, I was so surprised. I mean after a while it kind of made since, seeing as Rogersons father ofton hit him, but at that moment i was very surpried. And at the very end when she was calling him back and telling him not to leave, even after all that he had done to her, it absolutely broke my heart. Because she was very much in love and emotionally attached to him that she wanted to be with him even though he had harmed her. Sarah Dessen is an absolute genius. I have read almost all of her books and I have never been let down by one. I strongely recomend this book. It is beautiful, realistic, and absolutely amazing.
SummerHeart More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It was kind of depressing. I remember at when i was going to bed one night i was kind of depressed cause i was reading this right before. It is a really good book. I loved it.
TreesinBrooklyn More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I recommend it to anyone who wants something they just can't put down. Even if this isn't your favorite book ever, you will get some kind of insight from it--I did.
Azjura More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. It was a little hard to get into, but at the same time the story really came together and everything had a huge significance. This story is extremely emotional and heart wrenching. I would suggest this book to any teenage girl dealing with an abusive relationship and anyone who seems to be stuck with their current situation in life. Making this incredible/average journey with the lead Caitlin truely inspires you to look inside yourself and encourages you to help yourself. I had thought that this was going to turn out to be a happy ending,typical relationship book and then out of no where the plot twists and you see deeper into the relationship and you can't let go of the book. While it was difficult for me to finish to see what the final outcome would be, it was deffinately worth it. I would recommend this book to almost anyone!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read, this was the third Sarah Dessen book I've read and I can see that right now it is my favorite. I could not put it down. For anyone who loves Sarah Dessen, or anyone who wants a good story read this book, you will not be disapointed.