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For Christine, dreams have never meant much. Until she meets Gabriel. Everyone thinks Christine should stay away from her new coworker at the library—thanks to his bad reputation—but when her dreams grow more vivid and she becomes entangled in a dangerous dream world with Gabriel every night, she can’t stay away. Soon it’s clear there is far more to dreams than Christine e ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published November 2013 by Scribe Publishing Company (first published October 30th 2013)
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Jody Lamb
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dream Girl review

This is a story of adventure, danger and romance done in an extraordinarily unique way. It’s a compelling, character-driven story that had me turning the pages fast – the kind that will keep you up later than at night than you’d planned!

Heroine Christine is a lot like many of us are at the brink of adulthood. She’s a quiet, do-right girl in the shadow of her best friends and often standing on the sideline - yet on the cusp of discovering of the depth of her courage and her pur
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Calatasde
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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First I want congrats the author.The book was amazing. I never read a book like this and it was amazing. Every page I became more curious that what going be happen in the next page?
Heroine Christine is a lot like many of us.She has a ordinary life..until she met Gabriel.The mysterious, hot, troubled and magnetic Gabriel.Actually he's not trouble or other things. He just protected her from costumer's tease. With him, she finds a connection beyond anything s
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Dana
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it

This relatively short book was a sweet leisurely read. The writing is well done and the book has a natural flow to it. I also really liked how realistically Christine and her friends were portrayed. Apart from the ever annoying insta-love this was a great casual read. I would have liked for the novel to be a bit more fleshed out, but seeing as how this is part of a series I am confident that subsequent books will give this story more substance. Can't wait for the next one!

Note : I received this
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Queenielyn
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, ebooks
Dream Girl narrates the story from two different perspectives of Gabriel and Christine. It is a novel that lets you dive right in to the world of dreams that is more than just lucid dreams. One you couldn't possibly imagine dreaming of.

Gabriel is an emotional and capable character, in my opinion. He is able to get things on his side without much of an effort. Although the demeanor he gives people can be intimidating, he is trustworthy enough that Christine believes in him. She is instantly pulle
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Chelsey Nichols
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Dream Girl by S.J. Lomas tells the story of Christine, a young woman at a sort of crossroads in her life. Split between trying to make a life for herself in Michigan, or leave with her parents for a new town and a new home, things get even more complicated when an enigmatic boy enters the picture—Gabriel, who seems to be dealing with a lot more than he’s letting on. Things get even more intense when Gabriel and Christine start meeting in their dreams—is it real? What does this mean? And how wil ...more
Nikki
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
My copy was provided by Netgalley.

Christine is an average girl who is living on her own. She works at a dream job for book lovers which is called working at a library. She has never had anything abnormal happen to her. She's always thought that dreams are just dreams. Until Gabriel shows up. He is the guy your parents have warned you about. He has a bad reputation and fits the picture for a bad boy. Yet why is a bad boy working at the library?

As Christine tries to figure Gabriel out, her whole l
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Katie
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Be careful what you wish for.

In this story an ordinary girl gets thrust into a world where dreams really can hurt you. The setting was a perfect backdrop to this extraordinary story. What starts out as a dream come true suddenly turns into a nightmare. The whole concept of the Dream world is very imaginative and intriguing. We get to explore a bit of it in this first book and I am eager to learn more about how everything works and its limits in future ones.

My favorite part about this book was th
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Danielle
Oct 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Library? Bad boy working at library? Strange dreams? I had to give this book a try and I tried to enjoy it. I promise, I did! But I could not get into it. It starts off ok. The library life felt believable, the relationships between the girls felt believable. Sadly, that's where the believability of this story ended.

I think the main issue for me was pacing. There's instalove with even less build up than normal. The juxtaposition of Gabriel's stories/dreams didn't help me get to know his characte
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Jennifer McClelland
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Posted at Book Hoarder Reviews

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in return for a review.

I thought it started out slowly, but then I really enjoyed it. I loved all the characters and thought they were well written. The major thing that I didn't like so much was the "instant love" between Christine and Gabriel. I think there is way too much of this in YA books and it's starting to become unrealistic. I understand that a relationship needs to happen in under 400 pages but at leas
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Beyond the Pages
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Dream Girl by S. J. Lomas was quite the read. It was a little confusing at times but it had a way of drawing me back in every time I felt like putting it down. It was dark. It was peculiar. It was suspenseful. Still, there was an air of sweetness to this story. As I read, question after question came into my mind. I guess it would be fair to say that it all came down to one - WHAT. Scratch that, maybe the better question dealt with WHY.

Then, I read chapter 27. From there on, it was a ride. Wow!

T
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Sasha Hibbs
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Dream Girl reminded me of a current Matrix-like YA novel. I knew I would love this book from page one when Christine mentions receiving a hardcopy of her favorite book, Jane Eyre.

This was a very intricate story that I read in one sitting. I had to find out what was going on and how it all tied up which the author did flawlessly.

The writing style is wonderful with just the right amount of description. The two POV's-Chris
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Teresa
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
DREAM GIRL was terrific and disappointing at the same time for me. The author has managed to write an engaging work, but like so many e-books, it is merely the beginning of a story. Picture the portion of THE STAND in which we're introduced to Stew and the others at the gas station, the car takes out the pumps, then the army comes in and takes them off and this is where the story would end. Like this, it is merely the preface to a story, getting us ready for what is to come.

The characters are w
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Jessica Figueroa
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgally
When I first requested this book on Netgally I was pretty interested. But, when I saw the reviews on this book, I was a bit skeptical. I had put off this book for a short time. When I finally went through my TBR list this was next so I decided I've stop putting it off and see what its about.

Even if the reviews almost swayed my chances of reading this I'm glad that I did end up reading it. I thought this book was interesting. At first this book left me disoriented and confused as the main charact
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Kaza
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Dream Girl had promise. It had it's interesting parts but overall, it could have been better executed.

The story progresses quite slowly and a lot of the more interesting parts were vague or rushed. For example, there needed to be more build up with the characters and their relationships. What came to mind while reading Dream girl, was that the author had a good idea but was a bit daunted by the word count. The result was a story that filled out the length of the book instead of what happens in
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Barbara
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I work in a library and read a lot of books so, for me, finding something unique is a big deal. Dream Girl is one those rare books.

I found Christine to be a engaging character with an independent spirit. Gabriel is likeable, sincere, and a bit mysterious - both characters make you want to know what's going to happen to them. Lomas crafts excellent imagery, making it clear just by the feel of her descriptions when the characters are in the real world or the dream world. The story builds, drawing
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Jessica Bohannon
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: netgalley.com
This is a very unique book with a very cool premise. The idea of dreams and two people living in them together every night is a great idea, but it fell a little short for me. If there was more character development and relationship development between the characters, this book would be perfect. There is just enough sci-fi adventure and romance to be a wonderful read, but the relationship between the two main characters is what threw me off. I am a sucker for sweet love stories that don't always ...more
Rivalie (Le Petit Photograph)
*Copy provided by NetGalley*
Dream Girl sounded so interesting that I was freaking out when I got accepted. The book itself was a bit hard to get through. I don't know if it was just the formatting of the copy, but I had the title, random numbers, and repeated phrases throughout the entire book which made reading it a bit confusing. The characters were okay, I didn't feel very connected to them as I thought I would. The love triangle was pretty adorable, I'm a bit indecisive about who I prefer be
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thevintagechronicles
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was kindly allowed to read an arc through netgalley. thank you.
I really enjoyed this book. it's very unique, at least for me. and I'm quite intrigued by the story arc, more so in the future books.
the characters were likable, even if they were young, and the relationship may feel a bit intense and fast for some, but given the whole picture, I can understand it.
I feel like this book barely scratches the surface of a potentially great world, and I'm really looking forward to more.
Overall, I tho
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Courtney
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Christine meets Gabriel, a guy who seems to have a dark cloud over him, and soon realizes that there are many things in this earth than what one can see while awake. Very interesting book. As a teacher of teenagers, I can see how this sci-fi thriller would appeal, especially because of its vivid descriptions and romantic subplot.
Leigh
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is an unexpected surprise! The first few chapters read like a new series getting to know the characters, then wham you are suddenly on an adventure that is unique and fascinating. I could not put it down! When will the next book be out? I need to know what happens to Gabriel, Christine and Leo!
Cheryl
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book.not sure why others found it slow or confusing. I did not. I enjoyed the premise, as described by others and found it unique. I want more! Give it a try. You will like it.
Kristin Kuehn
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun, quick, young adult dream world novel. I also love that family is mentioned in the acknowledgements. But I truly give it a 4 star for it is entertaining and well written.
Jessica
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christine’s parents have moved to Texas. They expect her to follow after the summer. Christine has other plans. She is looking for a way to stay in Michigan for her senior year. She’s not expecting to meet Gabriel who turns her world upside down. Gabriel introduces her to the dream world. The dream world is a place that is dangerous for Gabriel. Christine tries to help him make sense of it. She has to keep the secret from her friends. Her plans are falling to the wayside. She knows one thing she ...more
J.E. Klimov
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I inhaled this book. I do feel the title "could" be a little misleading to some, but not in a way that affects the quality! This was a fantastic read- I finished it all in one day.
"Dream Girl" puts us in the driver's seat with Christine whose dreams literally morph into reality after meeting the brooding male lead, Gabriel.
The novel begins fairly light, like any pleasant YA story, but it unravels into twists that I hadn't expected. In a stretch- it slightly reminded me of Inception (BUT DON'T G
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Emerald Lavere
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Pluses and minuses, but overall an entertaining read.

What I didn't enjoy:
Too much "telling" when there was plenty of "show" already.
Sections of passive writing.
An attraction between MCs that wasn't made plausible. (Why does he think she's "the most incredible girl he's ever met" when they've only met once, briefly, and barely said hi? The look in her eyes wasn't enough justification for that response, in my opinion.)
Unnecessary Chapter/Character writing shifts between past and prese
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D.A. Henneman
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if your dreams weren’t simply images, sensations and ideas that your brain organized in your sleep? What if they were something more? In Dream Girl, S.J. Lomas weaves an intoxicating tale of the possibilities of dreams, and the people who are tapping into their potential.

Christine doesn’t think much about her dreams until she meets her new co-worker Gabriel. As they learn more about each other they find that, not only are they connecting in their dreams, but they are connecting to others as
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Gayle Noble
Christine meets Gabriel at work and is drawn to him immediately. She starts to visit a strange dreamworld and is astonished to find that Gabriel visits there too. Unfortunately it's a world where bad things can happen, and when Christine meets another guy (Leo) there too, she is unsure what is happening and who she can trust.

I liked the overall premise of the book, and I thought the explanation of the existence of the dreamworld worked well. I didn't really connect with any of the characters th
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Aurora Batty
I found Dream Girl quite entertaining and a bit eclectic. There may be just a hair too much going on but still well worth the read. For my full review visit my blog entry here:
https://aurorabattysbooks.wordpress.c...
Melissa Layton
*This review originally posted on my blog, She Dreams in Fiction

The idea for Dream Girl is one that immediately piqued my interest. I've always had this great love for dreams and the power they can have. Just the idea that dreams can be real to those sucked into them, that's fascinating! In this book, Christine is a normal teenager who finds herself sucked into the Dreamworld after meeting her new coworker, Gabriel. Gabriel is mysterious and there's an instant connection between the two. They be
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Crysta Coburn
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Good concept. Romance seemed forced. I would read the sequel.
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