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Dream Life

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dre...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published December 15th 2009)
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Rosa
Claire is just as quirky as ever but at the end I found myself not liking her as much. Claire still has the black and white dreams that draw attention to her future, but Becca seems to be growing apart from her and Andy seems to be avoiding her so she feels left out. In her efforts to deal with her issues, she ends up not talking to practically any of her friends. Then she gets let in on Becca's big secret, and involved in a new mystery.

I idn't like that the cameo punished Claire for going out w...more
Steph Su
This companion novel/sequel to DREAM GIRL does not disappoint at all: Claire and her eclectic group of friends and family are all here again, helping us enjoy the heck out of reading contemporary chick lit mystery with a twist of magic. Lauren Mechling proves once again that fluff reading can also be smart, and that smart girls can read fluff.

The most outstanding thing about this series is its gold medal-worthy characters. Claire is not your average teen chick lit heroine: she’s smart, she’s sna...more
Katie
Dream Life was a terrific follow-up to Dream Girl. We were introduced to a new adventure, an onslaught of new characters and even more of Kiki’s crazy attitude.

I enjoyed this one a lot more. Unlike the first one, it became quite clear what the story was in Dream Life right away. While I don’t think the dreams were as intense as they were in Dream Girl, they made a lot more sense and fit in more with the chain of events written in this one. The dreams foreshadowed- oddly albeit amusingly- the clu...more
Erica
4.5 Stars

As of sequel to Dream Girl, Dream Life does not disappoint readers one bit. I found myself really liking Dream Girl, but I absolutely LOVED Dream Life. It was wonderful visiting Claire's world again - it's a world I've fallen in love with.

Lauren Mechling delivers outstanding characters once again in Dream Life. Claire is a wonderfully written character - she's witty, snarky, smart, and always makes you laugh. Kiki is the coolest grandmother ever! You can always count on Kiki for a good...more
Brooke
Claire Voyante is still seeing visions, but she's not sure what they have to do with. She's not having much luck figuring out where they lead her either. Her best friend Becca is distant and has reconnected with some old prep school friends, and the guy she likes seems to be hiding something from her as well. Maybe she's just overreacting but something isn't right in Claire's world. She's also worried that keeping so many secrets from Becca is putting unwanted strain on their relationship. But h...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
In the follow up to Dream Girl, Dream Life takes Claire on another mysterious adventure. Claire’s finally getting a better grip on her abilities with the help of her necklace that her grandmother gave Claire for her birthday. In Dream Life, we get to see Claire’s growth and how she’s better prepared to uncover the meanings of her dreams to help her figure out the clues to solve her latest “Lady Inspector shenanigans” as her grandmother would say.

Among my favorite characters in this series is Cla...more
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Alison
This was between a four and a three for me, so I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. It was an Amazon deal that I bought, not knowing it was a sequel. While, I liked the book I don't think it has the crossover appeal for adults that other YA has. I appreciated the dreaming theme, but think I would have liked it more as a teenager.
Tweller83
"The plot is improbable and cluttered with distractions. The many characters are poorly developed and lack consistency. As in Dream Girl , Claire's psychic powers are almost entirely peripheral to the story. Only for libraries where the first book is popular.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information."

I didn't care for this one. Maybe because it is a sequel, I kept wondering who the characters were and I didn't really understand why she kept wanting to...more
Kim
One Sentence Summary: Still learning to use her psychic powers, Claire Voyant finds herself wrapped up in secret societies and good deeds while still working to survive high school and figure out the problems with her problematic crush.

One Sentence Review: Mechling’s second book about Claire improves on the problems with the first, creating a readable story with convincing high school drama and even more time with a cast of excellent background characters.

Read the rest of this review at my blog,...more
Sarah Tilatitsky
This book is really cool. It's about secrets, and clubs, and twists and turns. It's like a down-played mini-soap opera, not that I love them or anything. This is a book made mostly for females, so some males might look at it and make a face. Claire has weird dreams that seem to tell her what to look out for in the future. There are also clubs, rivalry between ruling the Hudson School, which is pretty much united, until Claire finds out what the reason was for the club. I'm not telling you that,...more
Paula
This is a nice clean series that young girls will like. It's a bit like Veronica Mars but less edgy. Mechling is very good at developing supporting characters. There are many subplots that support the main plot, enough to keep readers interested throughout. One minor detractor is the amount of rehashing of the first novel that goes on in this book. Too much. The first several chapters are negatively impacted by this. Authors of series need to find a better way to make each book a stand alone wit...more
E.J. Stevens
Feb 10, 2010 E.J. Stevens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys YA fiction with a paranormal twist.
Recommended to E.J. by: Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Shelves: paranormal, ya
Dream Life by Lauren Mechling was an enjoyable YA mystery. Claire Voyant, the book's teen sleuth, has an uncanny ability she inherited from her grandmother Kiki. Claire has the ability to see glimpses of clues in her dreams. While these dream hints and symbols are often difficult for Claire to decipher she is determined to use her powers to help her friends.


Dream Life is the second Claire Voyant mystery. These books stand well on their own but I recommend reading Dream Girl first since Dream Lif...more
Nandy
to have read an amazing book such as the hunger games by suzanne collins and moving forth to reading dream life is what made this book seem not that interesting. its something not everyone can relate to exactly but can relate to in different terms such as keep secrets that will definitely lead you in the wrong direction and doing good for a fair amount of people and trying to save the world at the end of the day. even if that means picking up a snickers bar wrapper off the concrete floor. It was...more
Alexa
Love love love!!! Claire's back in another high-school-spy adventure, only this time, the stakes are as high as the Brooklyn bridge. I really enjoyed the double-love story element, which was woven so perfectly into the story. I do however wish Claire had stuck around with Becca's friends, but hey, Claire's "strong feelings" can hardly be ignored. great book!
Shannon
Fun sequel, although I admit I'm not crazy about boyfriend Andy. All the other characters are great, especially Grandma Kiki =)
Brett
Possibly even more enjoyable than the first. I hope to hear more about Claire's dreams & experiences in future books.
Anna Claire
This book was ok. I swear I spaced in the middle of it and I have no idea wat happened. The first one was wayyy better!
Melissa
Very fun. A little bit of everything: romance, adventure, mystery. Liked it better than the first book, too.
Sabrina
actually pretty good! surprisingly, i thought i wouldn't like it but it was really catching
Lisa Pfeffer
Thought this book would have been more interesting. I wouldn't recommend for book club
Ifahh
I absolutely loved it, it was hard for me to put this book down.
Liz Miller
This book was super cute, and very witty. I recommend it!
Linny
Aug 12, 2010 Linny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mysteries
it was ok first book was better though
Sydney
I thought this book was pretty good.
Alley Ulrich
really cheesy and totally cliche
Christina Borgoyn
a good sequel to the first book
Irfan
Irfan marked it as to-read
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Lauren Mechling grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Harvard College.
She writes a weekly column for the New York Sun, where she has also been a crime reporter, and she has written for several other publications including the Wall Street Journal and Seventeen Magazine.
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