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The Waking Dream

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The summer after graduation three teens living together in a small town reevaluate their lives as they question their respective futures. Jen reconsiders leaving for college as she battles to break free from her abusive relationships and pines after her emotionally distant and brooding best friend, Gabe. Gabe reels from the loss of his twin sister, Ginger, and continues to ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published March 7th 2016 by Mmhmm Books
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May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Booktasters and the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

3.5 stars. This book is about a group of teenagers post-graduation who live in the same small town– each have their own struggles but are somehow intertwined with the others’. Jen is deciding if she should leave the town in order to pursue college away from her abusive father and abusive boyfriend; her best friend Gabe is reeling from his twin sister's death and his own suicide attempt; and thei
Khin WT
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The plot: This novella follows the lives of teens hoping for a way out of the lives and the town they find themselves stuck in. While the book description highlighted the lives of Jen, Gabe, and Noah, I felt that there was a lot more focus on Jen and Gabe, particularly because they’re so involved in each other’s lives. The need to find a way out of their present situation, strongly linked to their town, is so strong that it crushes them at an almost-equal force as the refusal of their town to to ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THEwaking dream review
Thank you Booktasters and Sage Steadman for giving me the chance to enjoy reading this book in exchange for an honest review.
The novel is a coming of age story where the author revealed the deep emotions, hidden secrets, and untold truths of a group of teenagers through describing their relationships.
Jen recalling the events happened years ago with the twin siblings Gabe and Ginger, Noah and David and how they move on with their lives.
living in a small town was the reason
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @booktasters and @TheHippieWriter for giving me a free copy of 'The Waking Dream' in exchange of an honest review.

This book follows the life of three teenagers (Jen, Gabe and Ginger) who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives while they are dealing with issues like sickness, depression and low self-esteem.

I give this book 4 stars: I love that it is short, you dont need 350 pages to tell an awesome and touching story. The plots along the book were good, and the end...i i
Faith Maks
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you Booktasters and Sage Steadman for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't really understand the story at first but I caught on at some point. It follows the story of some teenagers in a small town trying to find their paths the summer after graduation, especially in light of recent events.

Jen is trying to decide if college is the best option for her while dealing with physical and emotional abuse from her dad and her piece of shit boyfriend, David (she kept
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
First of all, I’d like to thank BookTasters and of course, Sage Steadman herself for being kind enough to send me her book!

The book resolves around primarily, Gabe and Jen—as you watch them struggle to move on after Gabe’s sister’s death. This itself is not a bad premise, and there were certainly things that I enjoyed. The hole left by Ginger (Gabe’s sister), is palpable, as they’re left feeling abandoned and lost without her to guide them. One of the more notable things is their desire to leav
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
How do you cope with someone’s death and console their family in a time of loss? Can you accept that they left too soon, or do you resent them for doing so? Jen is a driven woman who tells the tale of her teenage life regarding such incidents to struggling blogger Amy. Written by Sage Steadman, the story unfolds in the letters of Jen’s best friend, Gabe. And connects with the present situation and helps to give a sensational sense of perspective. The title, The Walking Dream symbolizes a dream t ...more
Tosin Olanrewaju
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The waking dream is an encompassing expose to the daily decisions of living in a world like ours.
How we should live and what we should do seem to be dictated to us from the moment of birth, so it takes exceptional courage to live above others stereotyped view.
It was difficult to review this because it touched a nerve in me; a simple but touching story of deep loss, pain, love and denial. My stereotyped view of how we should live was exposed here and I realize the need to change my outlook.
Khizra Shahzad
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Waking Dream by Sage Steadman is a story about three teenagers, struggling for their future and handling their problem like many of their ages around us.

Initially, it was really hard for me to understand the story and I was reading mindlessly because the story was a bit emotional in the beginning and I didn’t find enough time to get it but as I continue to read, it seemed the story is simple and beautiful in its own way.

There are a bunch of lessons I learned from the book, about being true t
Muhammad Yusuf
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Booktasters and Sage Steadman for allowing me to read this book in exchange for honest review.
The waking dream was honestly an amazing read for me. It's the kind of book you just can't put down until you finished. It's a story about three teenagers each one struggling to breakaway from his own shackles and to find freedom away from the county they were born and raised . It's a book about love, loss, courage and moving on. It's a book about accepting yourself and finding freedom in who
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
When I chose this book/novella to read for my next Booktasters’ choice, I chose it because it didn’t sound like a book I’d normally read, but ironically enough, another book I’m reading right now also uses letters as significant parts to the story. So there goes that theory. Albeit that little side note, I liked this story and here’s why. For one, I am a John Green fan (not that I’m making comparisons to his novels, though there are similarities), I say that because I don’t mind a story that’s g ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Sage Steadman's The Waking Dream is a novella that chronicles the summer after high school graduation for a group of teenagers who are trying to figure out the next steps in their lives. The book tackles some real-world issues facing young people today, including how they handle relationships and sex, dealing with death and suicide, and the various pressures they face from both their parents and their peers. It also shines a light on the good things: friendship, love, support, and courage.

I enj
Naggita Keziah
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite paragraph in the book "First of all, I considered my friends to be more like family, people destined to share at least a fragment of their existence in relationship with me. Sometimes I felt that my friends knew me better than I knew myself. But there was a part of me I kept concealed from them and from everyone really. That beautiful part of me I was afraid would be judged, misunderstood or hurt. That’s why when I was among friends I was personal without having to actually share any ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, ebooks, booktasters
Thank you to Sage Steadman for let me read this novel in exchange of an honest review.

This novel was beautiful, strong, with hard topics. The end took me by surprise and have to admit I was a bit angry for something that happened in the story before reading the rest of it and understand everything.

A very sweet narration from teens in a small town dreaming and trying to fight against themselves... their own monsters.

It teaches us to fight for want we want, to dream big and pursue our dreams. T
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't think that The Waking Dream would be inspiring. I initially thought it's about teen love story, but it turned out to be a story about having the courage to be yourself.

Although it would seem that the story is about the relationship of Jen with the twins, and how Gabe moves on with his twin Ginger's passing, The Waking Dream is more about being true to yourself, finding what you want, and never be influenced by what other people expect you to become.

About the characters, I liked Gabe and
Erica Mae Campos
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at my blog:

The Waking Dream by Sage Steadman is a story about three teens in a small town. It was a pretty fast read but brings strong messages to its readers.

Each main character has a story to tell that will happen to connect later on. What’s great about this book is every emotion from the characters is genuinely felt. It doesn’t feel forced or anything. Jen really is a strong woman for putting up with abusive relationships but I
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Booktasters and Sage Steadman for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book is about three teenagers, who all deal with rather different but all serious problems, which are very current.
It took me a while to get into the story because it is written from different perspectives. After reading a few pages though you start to puzzle the connections together and you start to see the recurrent theme.
I really like how it is written. In just 150 pages the author manage
Alessia Di Candio
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story tells about a group of teenagers post-graduation who live in the same small town and each teen has his own struggles but these struggles are somehow intertwined with the others’. Jen is deciding if she should leave the town in order to pursue college away from her abusive father and abusive boyfriend; her best friend Gabe is reeling from his twin sister's death and his suicide attempt; and their neighbor Noah is trying to keep a secret that could tear his family apart.
I really enjoyed
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Thank you to Book Tasters and Sage Steadman for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is simply fantastic, a bit tragic but fantastic. It is the second book of this author that I read and you can already notice that their stories are always a little tragic. The book contains some twits that I was not really expecting at all, every page I read was a complete surprise to me. It is always a mystery that will happen next.

I loved the detail of the letters written by Gabe
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The book revolves around the lives of teenagers struggling to find their places in the world and also to find themselves and make something of themselves. One part that really caught my attention was Noah's life,he's not given the chance to express himself and be who he wants to be, he's made to shrink his feelings and most teenagers can relate to that. I feel as if The Waking Dream described my teenage life, I was confused most of the time about who I wanted to be with,maybe I still am. It was ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading Sage's books.You can never quite figure out how the story ends.I believe she's very passionate about teenage relationships.It was frustrating me trying to see how GAbe will end up and when I did find out,it was heart breaking.The way it happened it was senseless,cruel and just too heartwrenching.
The letters he wrote,his relationships, nothing led me to think of this ending.How painful for his parents.Noah and David: cowards of the century.

Thank you Sage,beautifully rendere
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to her and to BookTasters for facilitating it.

This is a good three stars for a pleasant book. The author, through her characters described a humanity that most everyone can relate to, and that is the books strength. Human nature is about looking for connection, and in the book were characters who's struggles are relatable in one form or another. It was not in itself very compelling as a story, but once in it, it was e
Himanish Prabhakar
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, fiction, romance
My review is 3.8 stars.

A short book for my taste, completed in a wind. But the story is good. What I felt little down from me the scenes, POV and the flow of the story. I liked the language and dialogues are good. The characters have more space to develop. Of all the characters I would say I liked Jen more. Pace of the story was uneven that made the book little disconnect in between.

On n all I would say I enjoyed the book.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the book, i really did. There are many lessons taught. The book motivates individuals to have courage and unity, its realistic and intriguing to read.

its very inspirational and good book for any age group. As we all have challenges in life, the author brought it to by connecting with the reader through 3 teens

awesome book
Margz Cafifge
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, reviews
Although a short book (novella), it showed a lot of emotions. It definitely depicted pain, grief, and nostalgia vividly. As I read through the scenes, especially that last scene of Gabe, I can clearly see the raw emotions and picture how it was. Good writing once again!
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though it was good surprisingly seasoned with realatability Im fond of the story enjoyable
Prolific Bokang Nyathi
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an inspirational book,it awakens the sleeping giants in us and its a volume packed with humor,thrill and motivation ,great for parents and Teens.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a fast and unusual read. The letters made the story for me and made the rest of the story come to light. I was about halfway through before I started to understand what the story was about. It was an unexpected storyline . I won my book from Goodreads Giveaways.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I got this free in a giveaway. It was okay but not great. I felt there wasn't much plot in what would happen. It was a fast read though.
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Sage Steadman was awarded a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. While pursuing her passion for writing, she worked as a licensed mental health therapist. She published her debut novel, "Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter," in 2010 under her pen name, The Hippie, and since, re-released the second edition under her real name. The novel has been deemed an “idyllic” read, f ...more