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Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling
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Feb 03, 10

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Read from January 20 to February 03, 2010

Dream Girl is about a girl named Claire Voyante (BEST NAME EVER, huh?) who's been having dreams. Sounds pretty ordinary enough, but in her dreams, she'll see symbols that eventually pop up in the near future. When her grandmother Kiki gives Claire a mysterious cameo necklace, these dreams begin to have even more importance, to the point where her "talent" can save her new friend's life.

I had this book on my want list for quite a while, and I got it for Christmas along with The Rise and Fall of a Tenth Grade Social Climber, which I read first and enjoyed a lot. It wasn't until after I read that and picked up Dream Girl that I saw Lauren Mechling was the author of both. I already had high hopes for the book because it dealt with a subject matter I don't see often in fiction, and am very interested in. When I saw Lauren Mechling wrote it, I knew it'd become a favorite.

Like with The Rise and Fall of a Tenth Grade Social Climber, it's the details that really set this book apart. Most other teen books are so vague, but with all that's thrown in here, I really feel like it's a very convincing portrayal of teen life. All of the characters have little idiosyncracies that I delighted in picking up on, such as Claire's obsession with Agatha Christie, and like Agatha Christie, Claire has a little mystery to solve in this book. It's something of severe importance, but I call it "little" because someone would have to be a fool not to figure out who the victim was ahead of time. Some people undoubtedly gave this less stars just because they felt the mystery was bare bones, but I love it more for its teen aspect. It reminds me of Meg Cabot's way of giving ordinary girls some crazy attributes--one a princess, or the girl who saved the president's life--yet somehow keeping their lives the same. Claire's foretelling dreams are way out of the ordinary, but her life retains the same teen aspect.
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