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I spot my mother's car approaching me. I see her wave, and smile as our eyes lock. Then as if slow motion, the most horrific scene plays out before my eyes. The van switches lanes once again right into my mother's path. The look on her face as she steps on the brakes shows she has realised it's too late, the car ploughs into the van at such speed she has no time to react. ...more
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published December 21st 2014 by S.J.Hitchcock (first published September 18th 2013)
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Lynn Worton
Dec 30, 2013 Lynn Worton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a coming of age YA story that I really enjoyed.

Debbie is a wonderful character. She is a thirteen year old girl, who witnesses a terrible accident. Trying to cope with her grief, she slips into daydreams. I really liked this character and felt for her as she struggled to cope with the loss of her mother. She is pretty level headed, but just like all teenage girls, she fantasizes about Joshua Lawson, the star of
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Stephenee
May 05, 2015 Stephenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. *

This book is about teenagers who are wise beyond their years. All of the characters have gone through or are going through something in their lives that makes them appear different than they are inside. Debbie is dealing with grief and blame, Mark is dealing with lack of attention from his parents and jealousy, Karen is dealing with lack of love and feeling left out....but they must somehow come together to realize that what you see on the
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Jessica Madden
May 24, 2014 Jessica Madden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been following this story since the author had been writing it about 6 or 7 years ago. Through every edit the book has gotten better, and I really enjoyed the final edits of this book. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book.
Mary Lou Hoffman
Received from: the author in exchange for an honest review / blog tour

Feeling as though she is to blame for her mother’s death, Debbie prefers to live in her dream world, safe within the arms of her TV crush. She and her family face that first year without the backbone of their family with tears and each other. Meanwhile, back at school, Debbie is moving on with classes, her best friend, mean girls, and the new boy in school.

This is a wonderful visit to the world of students in about the 8th and
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Shy
Oct 20, 2015 Shy rated it liked it
The story was okay. I just had a hard time connecting with the main character Debbie. She's in higschool, right? The way she daydreams which is a lot bothers me. I feel like she should be medicated or something. Why? She grew up in a loving home, with a loving best friend too. I think her childhood was pretty normal. So why the need to dream that much? I would have understand it had it only happened after her mom's accident. But base on the way Wendy talk to her, it was a natural occurrence even ...more
Angela Cruz
3 1/2 stars


This is a young adult stand alone book. I would recommend this for the 12-15 year old group. I think this book has a great plot with a lot of meaning behind it, but I was confused with some of the wording. Also I found the book was too busy for me, switching back and forth to often between characters. But I really understood Debbie's grief, she is very emotional which is understanding. Karen is the mean girl but in all honestly she is reacting to how she is being treated, she is made
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Dream World by S.J. Hitchcock

Dream World is a sweet coming of age story filled with the everyday ups and downs of high school students. It's listed as a YA adult romance, but I think it would be better labeled as a tween/teen book; it reminds me a lot of Judy Blume's books, which I loved as a tween. The bulk of the book was daydreaming, talking about boys being good looking, high school classes, bra shopping, and dealing with the death of a parent. The main character went out on one double date
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Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4.0 Star Review - Dream World - Book #1

I recommend this book for age group 12 - 15 year old.

Debbie is a thirteen year old girl. She is awaiting her mother after school when she witnesses a horrible accident in which her mother dies. As her mother was on her way to pick her up Debbie, she deals with feeling guilty that her mother died because of her.

Debbie spends a lot of her time daydreaming about Joshua Lawson, a star on TV. She fantasizes about him to block out her grief over losing her mothe
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Ann Snizek
Dream World has a lot of wonderful scene descriptions. The action starts right from the start and you travel through grief with Debbie, feelings of isolation with Karen, and with Mark as he struggles to make his mark. All of these young people are struggling to find their places in this world.

Despite the wonderful descriptions, I found places where I struggled to connect and follow these characters. I think there are some wonderful aspects to this story, but also feel that it could benefit from
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Susannah Hutchinson
Feb 12, 2015 Susannah Hutchinson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have been given this book in return for an honest review. Debbie is a thirteen year old girl who loses her mum in a car accident. She deals with this by living in a dream world and uses the poster above her bed as a means of escape. Even though the work could do with a little editing and tightening up, it is a good story and plot. Teenagers` will find the book exciting. Hitchcock has the knack for getting into teenagers` heads, and YA will connect with this book.
I am awarding four stars to thi
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Indies Heart
Aug 26, 2015 Indies Heart rated it really liked it
3 1/2 Stars ~ This for me started off a little confusing with the different character POV's. I wasn't sure how they were connected to the main characters, but shortly into the story it is all put together. This is a great read for younger readers and adults who like YA. The story itself was good, following Debbie's tragic loss and having to learn how to move past that. Her help comes in the form of the man of her dreams, in her dreams. When she meets Mark, and her dream man begins to fade, will ...more
Stephanie
Aug 09, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
A very well written and emotional story. However the main character is to immature for my liking. Day dreaming about a teenage heart throb wasn't my thing as a teenager. Let alone as an adult. Despite my dislike for the adolescent crush, the trials she faces make the story.
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Sarah Hitchcock was born in Norfolk, in a small town called Kings Lynn. She always was a keen reader, and one day decided to attempt to write her own, and never looked back. Today she has many novels in various stages of editing and re-writing and ideas for many new ones.

After finishing high school and then training to work with children, Sarah started her first job. She currently works as a pre-s
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