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Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
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Jul 02, 11

bookshelves: read-in-2011
Recommended to Frances by: Chelsea Couillard-Smith
Read in July, 2011

3.5 stars. The best thing about this book is that it's set in Coney Island. The author seamlessly weaves together real and imagined places such that I will be confused if I ever go there (and how much do I want to go there? So much!). For all of the magic of the setting, though, I struggled with the narration. Why is it written in 3rd person? Why the clunky italicized memories that jar the reader out of the story? Why does the timeline occasionally seem confusing when the story takes place over a single school year? Leo's character is a little too perfect, and Jane's doesn't quite coalesce. Still, I'd forgive many minor flaws to read more about teens living in such a crazy cool place.

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