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John Dreamer

(John Dreamer #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.

When a man calling himself the Guardian ap
Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published February 12th 2014 by AuthorBuzz (first published February 1st 2014)
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
"The only thing in this place that's true: You will not return to the life you knew"

I love the cover image and love how well it gives image to what you're reading. I also loved the chapter beginnings that had really interesting photos for every one that gave you an image to each person in this room.

However, the story was just okay. It was an odd mix of younger adult (maybe lower high school) and weirdly placed big words. It was like SAT words intermixed with really basic descriptions and feeling
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to AuthorBuzz and Netgalley.)
7 teens wake up to find themselves in a white room, with 7 chairs. How did they get there? Why are they there? And what must they do to get home again?

Well, once again I shouldn’t have been swayed by a pretty cover, because I didn’t enjoy this book at all.

I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. They were all stupid, irritating, and liked to argue, and didn’t endear th
John Dreamer is an exemplary and unique story line that packs a punch.

What would you do if you were suddenly pulled into a white room with six other teenagers and told you were there to realize your dream? John Dreamer takes us into the psyche of these six teens. There is more focus on Andy, a young girl that has stopped being an active participant in life long ago and John, the patient watcher.

All six of the teens have something in common, to realize their dream something has to change. Each m
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a really creative, original story! Right from the beginning I was hooked and curious about what was going on. I loved the two main characters and the dream-like quality of the story. The concept that the teens have to overcome obstacles in a dream world in order to be successful in the real world is original--takes the "Willy Wonka" idea to a whole new level for YA readers! I liked that our heroine had some very big and real world issues to deal with and I liked that the romantic intere ...more
Paula M
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, arc

"Suddenly everything went dark and we couldn't see anymore"

Hands down, one of the most unique book I've read this year! It's original, inspiring and it will make you think. About your life, dreams and fears.

The story started a little confusing but I found it very easy to read after the first chapter. Andy found herself in a great white room with no recollection on how and why she's there. The great white room consists of 7 chairs with names of Andy, John, Olivia,
This book surprised me, but I will make it a short review. It was basically about a story about seven people who needed a wake up call in life. In order to fulfill their life long dreams, they were forced into the Great White Room.
Life is not made of dreams, and you don't always get what you wish for.

No one was allowed to get out, so they had to like each other. They were all strangers to each other, but because of the circumstances that were thrown at them, they had no choice but to act fast, a
DJ Sakata
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, fantasy
Favorite Quote:
“I walked around again, and had the odd feeling that the place was moving along with me. Every time I tried to get to the other side, the way became longer; if I retraced my steps, I returned to the same spot. Was I in some sort of institution? I felt completely sane, even though everything around me seemed daft. I wanted a mirror so I could see my face. I needed that sense of self.”

My Review:
As I read this book I complained bitterly to my husband that it was frustrating me, I ju
This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It explores all types of people, with different types of pain. It teaches people how to let go of their pain, and find their passions and to live their life. It's so powerful and touching- it speaks to a part of you you never knew you had. I could relate with every character in the book, and feel the strength of the self-realization they came to. It's just infinitely touching. The characters were beautifully woven into the plot/dreams, an ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since the beginning of the book I got hooked! I couldn't put it down! Such great characters and a great voice that leads you through a beautiful adventure! Very touching and with a great message! I highly recommend to anyone looking for a heartwarming and inspirational story! Can't wait for the second book to see what happens next!! ...more
Eugenia Cavazos
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just love it. The book transports you to an entirely different world, one you want to stay in and see what happens.
Andrea Heltsley
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
This story was a short and sweet novella. I really enjoyed the concept of it. The characters were well developed and the romance was enjoyable.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't know what I was expecting from this novel, but whatever it was, this was not it. I mean that in a good way! With such a unique story line, this book immediately captured my attention and it did not let it go. There were some aspects about the novel that did bring my rating down some, but we will get to those later. First, I believe we should look at the good stuff.

-The Goodies-
I love, love, LOVE the characters in this book. There is no end to how thankful I am that Elise Celine made her
Sahar Sabati
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seven seemingly very different individuals appear one day in a big, white room in which there is nothing save them and seven unique chairs. The seven are told that this place will make their dreams come true, but not the materialistic or romantic sort. Rather, it is about overcoming deep fears that are holding each of these seven back. One must learn strength while another must learn self-acceptance, and yet another had to learn to speak up for herself.

In John Dreamer, author Elise Celine has ma
May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Okay, so I started reading this book not really knowing what to expect. Maybe I was hoping to find a new category in the fantasy genre. Anyways, I was magically attracted by the cover because, let’s face it, it is awesome which is why I requested a review copy on Netgalley. The problem however is, that basically, the plot does not really do justice to the cover.
Right from the beginning I was struggling to grab hold of the characters’ personalities, to be even interested in them but they were all
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Seven teens wake up in a white room, completely blank but for seven individually designed chairs, and are told by a mysterious, godlike figure that they're there to help make their dreams come true.

The premise is actually more interesting and less creepy than I made it sound. The group embark on a series of dreamlike scenarios that are intended to help each member overcome one of their fears and develop the strength to achieve their dreams. The only catch is that the teens never know what's real
Kristen Cansler
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it

This book is so difficult for me to rate. At times, I thought it deserved nothing less than five stars. At other times, I was tempted to post my first DNF. But I finished it, so here we are. The message that Elise Celine puts inside of John Dreamer is a poignant one that I think readers should pay attention to. Yet I feel like the actual story hindered her efforts more than it helped. The plot was very intriguing, but I don't think the main character and love interest were well developed enough
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
For a full and edited review checkk out Blame it on the Book

I am in complete awe of this book. It was such a surprise to what I expected, it completely sucked me in, It was both imaginative and creative.

The story starts of very quickly, with our main character Andy appearing in a white room with chairs. Also there’s a really sexy guy, emphasis on the sexy part whose very creative name was John D. Reamer. From the way he was described, even I was feeling butterflies. Then an array of character
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is written in first person which is not usually my favorite perspective when reading a book. It does work well in the Young Adult genre and certainly is fitting to this story. Celine's prose is very simple and straightforward. At first, this bothered me: it felt so simplistic and rather stereotypical (which I saw another reviewer point out). After reading several chapters, it struck me that the writing had beauty in its simplicity. At one point I remember thinking that the story was re ...more
“Sometimes we need to see the darkness to appreciate the light.”

I dont know how to feel about this book. The idea behind was very interesting but the execution fell apart.

7 strangers wake up in a white room. A person who calls himself the Guardian of this space of dreams tells them that they are there to make their dreams come true. One by one, they face with their fears and dreams to become a better version of theirselves. Olivia is a rich and spoiled brat, Roy is a bully, Matty is easily
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
As Walt Disney's Cinderalla says, 'A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.' In John Dreamer, all of our seven main characters have dreams for their futures but are all having trouble coming to terms with their fears and insecurities. We begin by being introduced to Andy as she appears in the Great White Room with seven chairs lined up, each of different sizes, colours and made of different materials. Each chair is also assigned a name; John, Matty, Roy, Linda, Olivia, Marcus, and of course, Andrea. ...more
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, e-arc
This was different, but different in this case is very good! John Dreamer takes us on a unique journey into a world I still have questions about, but loved getting inside of. We are introduced to seven strangers and the Guardian who says he's going to make their deepest dreams come true. But what are their deepest dreams? Are they in a dream now? What are the consequences of going into these dreams? There are so many questions along the way, but the way the Elise Celine develops the story was qu ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
OUT's Review

What if a "great white room" existed that helped you conquer your barriers which in turn helped you realize your biggest dream, and then from that, it aided you to reach your full potential in life? That is exactly what happens in John Dreamer. We meet a group of teenagers who have total opposite personalities from one another. Each with their own chair to show for it. Then pops up a strange man who is their "guide" through this journey. And, as much as he frustrates them, he frustra
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The only thing in this place that's true: You will not return to the life you knew."

Seven individuals suddenly appear in the Great White Room without knowing how they got there or what their purpose was for being there. Andy, John Dreamer, Olivia, Matty, Marcus, Linda and Roy soon discover it's all about fulfilling their greatest dream and bringing about a change in themselves. Learning strength, self-acceptance and confidence, among other things, each person must face the one thing they haven'
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Andy (Andrea) seems to awaken in a stark white space with only a row of seven chairs to mark a floor. There are no doors or any other features in the white space. What is she doing here? Is she dead? Suddenly Andy is aware that someone else is in the space/room and one 8 second look into his eyes is all she needs to know that he is the one. Slowly, five other teens appear and first impressions lead Andy to attribute personality characteristics to each of them. Into the room appears a strange cha ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, read-to-reviews
I got this book courtesy of Netgalley and when I looked at it I thought it sounded really cool, and it was a good read but maybe just not as good as I had hyped it up to be. Now overall I really enjoyed this book and I actually read it rather quickly. The deep underlying message is one we can all relate to, and I was very pleased with how it was written. Also worth a mention is the beautiful cover and the equally beautiful pictures that accompanied each chapter.
Seven strangers pop up in a white
This was a nice, quick read, quite engrossing and interesting. The format reminds me of some other story - a book or a film - but I can't think what and it's really bugging me. I don't mean that it's derivative, only that I think it might be inspired by an older tale, if only I could what it is! Oh wait, am I thinking of the film Brazil maybe? Dreams within dreams? I feel like I'm getting warmer.

The characters are a bunch of misfits, except perhaps for the main character and John. The mystery, t
Crystal Wright
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received this book free from Netgalley to review, no other compensation was received.

From the white room the characters of John Dreamer are set to become the people they are suppose to be, but it takes facing whatever holds them back in life. Andy the main character of the book is struggling both with the internal struggle she is in the room to face as well as the aching feeling that she has seen the boy with the unforgettable green eyes before. Andy along with 5 others Olivia, Ma
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Andy finds herself alone in a great white room. She notices seven chairs, one has her name on it. One by one, newcomers are added until there are seven teens in the room, wondering why they are there.

Andy feels a connection to one boy named John. She feels as if she somehow knows him, but doesn't want to let down her guard to find out why. The rest of the group is eclectic. Each one is unique and they all don't hit it off from the start.

Now the guardian is added. He is a character and very cryp
I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't too sure about what to expect when I started reading this book, except for the fact that it contains 7 teenagers who are in a white room. It also made me think of The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith (which is one of my most favourite books!). However John Dreamer is about fulfilling each of their dreams, which we only find out later on in the book. I love how all the characters evolve in some way throughout.

Kate Bullen
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed John Dreamer. I found it incredibly emotional and moving and perfect for YA.
You may know about my hate of vampiric fiction (see that HERE), so whoopee-doo, no vampires in sight!
I really like the whole 'chairs thing' I mean, my chair would be a spinny office chair!
I love the way the chairs represent personalities. Andy has a bit of a weird past, that is *mysteriously* connected with John D.Reamur's. You have all types in their little group, from arrogant, to spoilt, to thoughtful
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