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Cat and The Dreamer

4.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  30 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
As a teenager, Julia survived a suicide pact, while her best friend, Rachel, died. Julia’s only escape from her guilt, and her mother’s over-protection, is her imagination. When Adam arrives in the office, Julia’s world takes a startling turn as she realises reality can be much more fun than fantasy. Finally she has someone who can help her make the most of her life. But c ...more
Published February 14th 2012 by Vagabondage Press LLC (first published February 12th 2012)
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Rekha Seshadri
May 12, 2012 Rekha Seshadri rated it really liked it
I give it a 4.5 rating.

The book is basically a first person narration. A poignant, raw and very hard hitting portrayal of a woman - a survivor of a suicide pact, trapped in a teenager's mind, who struggles her way through the art of living.

I loved the wordplay, realistic conversations and the process of Julia's slow awakening to reality and freedom.
The book deals with the effects of bullying on young minds, covertly which works for it.

An excellent choice for reading on a weekend...and of course,
J. Michael
Oct 24, 2014 J. Michael rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting read. It's well crafted and original. The technique of drifting in, out, and between of the narrator's reality and her hallucinations and delusions is well done. It is occasionally confusing as to which you are in, but that's the desired effect.

Crawford walks the line between presenting her protagonist's obvious deficiencies and keeping her sympathetic. It is never clear whether Julia's oppression by her coworkers is real or imagined. By the end, you don't know whethe
Sharon l Aldcroft
Jul 01, 2014 Sharon l Aldcroft rated it really liked it
This is a book which I struggle to rate. Is it a 3 or is a 4.

Julia survives an attempted suicide when she was a teenager - unfortunately her only friend dies.

On the day of Rachels funeral Julia is still in hospital and doesn't get to go. This is something she can't live down and can't let go of.

To get away from the guilt that hangs over her and her mother who is just too over protective, she likes to escape to her own little dream world.

That is until Adam comes along, he just arrives in the the
Elizabeth Seckman
Mar 08, 2012 Elizabeth Seckman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I really liked this book. It had a fresh perspective and an understanding of teen psychology.
Oct 16, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
I have to say right away that this book was not what I expected. The writing style is very different in that we are inside the protagonist's head and she jumps from reality to dream world often. This happens constantly, in the midst of conversations, at work, on the bus, etc. It is interesting to see daydreams intersect with reality as so many of us understand where our day dreams can take us. We dream about the life we could have, wish we had. Julia does this often, and she also fights with dem ...more
Danielle Villano
Nov 17, 2012 Danielle Villano rated it really liked it
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Julia is a very sad and shy narrator, reflecting often on her friend's suicide. Her narration is poignant and heartbreaking, with lots of beautiful imagery on every page. There was some initial confusion as italicized passages were introduced into the story, but I soon learned that the use of italics signified a slip into Julia's imagination and daydreams. Some of these scenes are horrific, detailed accounts of Julia's daydreams of death (the bu
Christina M Condy
In this story we have Julia who survived an attempted suicide with her first and only friend. Rachel died but Julia woke up on the day of Julia’s funeral. But her life truly ended at that same time. We see a 29 year old woman basically stuck in her own head and still living the life of a 15 year old. She lives in a fantasy land that is until Adam steps into her life. I will NOT go into any secrets or tell you what happens but I will say that the Author has created a character in Julia that we no ...more
Medeia Sharif
Feb 28, 2013 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Fourteen years ago, when she was fifteen, Julia attempted to commit suicide with her friend, Rachel. Rachel passed away, but she lived on. All these years she’s been trapped by her past: the suicide pact, bullying she experienced in high school, and overprotective parents. In the present, she has a mother who continues to be overprotective, a malicious coworker throwing barbs at her, and a handsome coworker she daydreams about. It’s not easy getting over all that’s happened, but maybe she can be ...more
Liz Young
Apr 18, 2014 Liz Young rated it really liked it
I downloaded a Kindle app to my tablet so I could read "Cat and the Dreamer" and I am so glad I did. What a well-crafted story! And the ending was satisfying too.
Shirley Golden
Jul 25, 2013 Shirley Golden rated it really liked it
This is a story about bullying and the tragic consequences that can arise and continue to cause harm to an individual. I really enjoyed the way this novel was structured, unfolding past events gradually through flashback and weaving Julia's fantasies with her reality. I thought the second person address for her antagonist, Cat, worked well. At times Cat's behaviour seemed beyond belief, and Julia's burgeoning relationship with Adam a little too idealistic at the start; however, as this was told ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Kyra rated it it was amazing
I finished Cat and the Dreamer yesterday and I'm still thinking about it today - which is always a good sign! I loved the way true events and imagined events were interspersed throughout the story. In spite of the unusual situation of being the survivor of a suicide pact, Julia is very easy to relate to. This is the kind of book you could read over and over, and always spot something new to think about. A definite must read!
Julie Flanders
Oct 20, 2012 Julie Flanders rated it it was amazing
I read this novella in one sitting and loved it. It's a very powerful and emotional story, and it's hard to imagine any reader not being touched by the character of Julia. A moving tale that went right to my heart. I look forward to reading more of Crawford's work.
M. Pax
Jul 23, 2012 M. Pax rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The inner turmoil and journey taken by the main character hooked me. It was an interesting peek into a life and the events which affected it.

I hope Ms. Crawford keeps publishing. I'd read whatever she writes.
Miriam Drori
Jan 24, 2016 Miriam Drori rated it it was amazing
Excellently written and thought-provoking.
Jan 03, 2016 Shida rated it it was ok
I don't even know what in the world I just read.
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**** 3rd Place winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2015 ****

I live in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of beaches and moorland right on my doorstep to keep me inspired.

I write dark contemporary, character-driven stories, dealing with the confusion, deceit, surprise and enjoyment of life; adding paranormal elements when the reader is least expecting it. I write mostly about relationships: romantic
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“In my world, Adam would like the shy girl who sits quietly in the corner and avoids the gossips and giggles; the girl who works solidly with her head down and her hair falling about her face. He'd like the girl who doesn't care much about make-up and clothes, and whose beauty shines through every time she smiles and laughs. He'd find her mysterious and fascinating.” 1 likes
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