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Cat and The Dreamer

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  17 reviews
As a teenager, Julia survived a suicide pact, while her best friend, Rachel, died. Julia’s only escape from her guilt, and her mother’s over-protection, is her imagination. When Adam arrives in the office, Julia’s world takes a startling turn as she realises reality can be much more fun than fantasy. Finally she has someone who can help her make the most of her life. But c ...more
Published February 14th 2012 by Vagabondage Press LLC (first published February 12th 2012)
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Rekha Seshadri
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I give it a 4.5 rating.

The book is basically a first person narration. A poignant, raw and very hard hitting portrayal of a woman - a survivor of a suicide pact, trapped in a teenager's mind, who struggles her way through the art of living.

I loved the wordplay, realistic conversations and the process of Julia's slow awakening to reality and freedom.
The book deals with the effects of bullying on young minds, covertly which works for it.

An excellent choice for reading on a weekend...and of course,
Elizabeth Seckman
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I really liked this book. It had a fresh perspective and an understanding of teen psychology.
C. McKenzie
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a tragedy. Two girls. Both only fifteen and one of them dead? That's what happens and only because of a chance meeting at a vulnerable time.

I can't describe what happens in this story without giving away the brilliance of the storytelling here. All I can say is you will find it tantalizing and surprising.
Patsy Collins
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unusual and compelling story about how a lack of self esteem can leave people open to manipulation – and how traumatic incidents from the past can impact on our lives, and those of people who care about us, forever.
Danielle Robertson
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Originally posted on my blog, The Reader's Commute:

Julia is a very sad and shy narrator, reflecting often on her friend's suicide. Her narration is poignant and heartbreaking, with lots of beautiful imagery on every page. There was some initial confusion as italicized passages were introduced into the story, but I soon learned that the use of italics signified a slip into Julia's imagination and daydreams. Some of these scenes are horrific, detailed accounts of Julia's daydreams of death (the bu
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to say right away that this book was not what I expected. The writing style is very different in that we are inside the protagonist's head and she jumps from reality to dream world often. This happens constantly, in the midst of conversations, at work, on the bus, etc. It is interesting to see daydreams intersect with reality as so many of us understand where our day dreams can take us. We dream about the life we could have, wish we had. Julia does this often, and she also fights with dem ...more
Christina M Condy
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this story we have Julia who survived an attempted suicide with her first and only friend. Rachel died but Julia woke up on the day of Julia’s funeral. But her life truly ended at that same time. We see a 29 year old woman basically stuck in her own head and still living the life of a 15 year old. She lives in a fantasy land that is until Adam steps into her life. I will NOT go into any secrets or tell you what happens but I will say that the Author has created a character in Julia that we no ...more
Sharon l Aldcroft
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book which I struggle to rate. Is it a 3 or is a 4.

Julia survives an attempted suicide when she was a teenager - unfortunately her only friend dies.

On the day of Rachels funeral Julia is still in hospital and doesn't get to go. This is something she can't live down and can't let go of.

To get away from the guilt that hangs over her and her mother who is just too over protective, she likes to escape to her own little dream world.

That is until Adam comes along, he just arrives in the the
J. Michael
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting read. It's well crafted and original. The technique of drifting in, out, and between of the narrator's reality and her hallucinations and delusions is well done. It is occasionally confusing as to which you are in, but that's the desired effect.

Crawford walks the line between presenting her protagonist's obvious deficiencies and keeping her sympathetic. It is never clear whether Julia's oppression by her coworkers is real or imagined. By the end, you don't know whethe
Medeia Sharif
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fourteen years ago, when she was fifteen, Julia attempted to commit suicide with her friend, Rachel. Rachel passed away, but she lived on. All these years she’s been trapped by her past: the suicide pact, bullying she experienced in high school, and overprotective parents. In the present, she has a mother who continues to be overprotective, a malicious coworker throwing barbs at her, and a handsome coworker she daydreams about. It’s not easy getting over all that’s happened, but maybe she can be ...more
Shirley Golden
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a story about bullying and the tragic consequences that can arise and continue to cause harm to an individual. I really enjoyed the way this novel was structured, unfolding past events gradually through flashback and weaving Julia's fantasies with her reality. I thought the second person address for her antagonist, Cat, worked well. At times Cat's behaviour seemed beyond belief, and Julia's burgeoning relationship with Adam a little too idealistic at the start; however, as this was told ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished Cat and the Dreamer yesterday and I'm still thinking about it today - which is always a good sign! I loved the way true events and imagined events were interspersed throughout the story. In spite of the unusual situation of being the survivor of a suicide pact, Julia is very easy to relate to. This is the kind of book you could read over and over, and always spot something new to think about. A definite must read! ...more
M. Pax
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The inner turmoil and journey taken by the main character hooked me. It was an interesting peek into a life and the events which affected it.

I hope Ms. Crawford keeps publishing. I'd read whatever she writes.
Julie Flanders
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this novella in one sitting and loved it. It's a very powerful and emotional story, and it's hard to imagine any reader not being touched by the character of Julia. A moving tale that went right to my heart. I look forward to reading more of Crawford's work. ...more
Liz Young
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I downloaded a Kindle app to my tablet so I could read "Cat and the Dreamer" and I am so glad I did. What a well-crafted story! And the ending was satisfying too. ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't even know what in the world I just read. ...more
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