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Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
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Jan 31, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2012

I found this to be a really lovely coming-of-age story that captured a lot of what I love about Coney Island. I don't have the exact quote, but at one point the narrator says that looking at Coney Island is like having double vision- you see the seedy, run-down modern reality, but you also see a sort of ghost of Coney's past. Altebrando does a good job of capturing this particular moment in Coney Island's history, when the neighborhood is about to change and be altered by a big corporation, but the residents and visitors still cling to the history and to the sense that Coney Island is a place where every freak and outcast can feel at home. Dreamland Social Club is also an excellent teen love story that feels real and moving, unlike so many other novels about teenagers falling in love.

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