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The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Jan 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-grade, awesome-writing, sucky-endings
Read in December, 2010

Gorgeous reading experience--super pretty typography, illustrations, language. It's one of those books where every word is important it may as well be poetry.

The dreamer is a young boy, who is really XYZ and when you find out who XYZ is at the end, the magic is kind of ruined. This is because I had never heard of XYZ and felt bad, then felt a little betrayed, because it rushed at the end and then was like the book was a super pretty endorsement. Anyway, Neftali asks adorable, thoughtful questions, wrestles with following hobbies and future career paths that his father doesn't approve of, deals with bullies and crushes on a girl. He collects objects like he collects musings, and I wanted to spend more time with 12-year-old him and not the rushed grown-up XYZ.

However, your expectations may differ if you know XYZ is Pablo Neruda. I did not. This is not a spoiler, all the reviews say so. I read an ARC.
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