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Dreams Beyond the Shore

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Marchand was pretty satisfied with her life. Until recently. Willing to play the dutiful daughter as her father’s bid to become Prime Minister of their island home brings her family into intense public scrutiny, Chelsea is swept along by the strong tidal wave of politics and becomes increasingly disturbed by her father’s duplicity. She finds a re ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published September 15th 2017 by Blouse & Skirt Books
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Saajid Hosein
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gibson's lush yet easygoing writing told a story that was so Trini to de damn bone. I have never read something less than 200 pages that has such a profound impact. I loved this book so much. I'm so glad I was able to read it! Please, don't sleep on this one!
Kristy K
While I enjoyed this book, I feel the synopsis is a bit misleading. I expected more suspense and behind the scenes in the political world and while there was plenty of talk about the fact that Chelsea's father was running for Prime Minister, there was very little sinister or plot twisting about it.

Dreams Beyond the Shore is a short novel about two teens in Trinidad, one who's father is running for Prime Minister and the other with an absentee father. Both dad's may dabble on the wrong side of th
Jamaican Reader
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I'm just glad I found a book written by a Caribbean authour based in the Caribbean. I felt so much more connected to the story, language and overall atmosphere. With that said, let me talk about the book itself.

This story is layered. And has a lot of elements I can relate to either through personal experience or that of someone I know. The story starts off with our first protagonist fighting against the life her parents have laid out for her. It gives the impression that this plot
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable page-turner. I read Dreams Beyond the Shore in a day.

This is a love story. It's also about a precocious and dutiful teenage girl trying to establish her own identity outside of her family's business and legal background as well as their political aspirations. I think some teenage readers will be able to relate to Chelsea and Kyron and I feel they will fall in love with the personalities of both.

The end of this story suffered because of a few loose ends. The grandmother's d
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel enthralled me with its strong character development and Trinidadian references, which are such a rare find given how rarely experiences other than white ever get published!
Apphia Barton
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written, very relatable novel about a somewhat common quandary that young adults face when making decisions about their future. Both protagonists were written sensibly, which makes their story even more relatable. Young adults aren't as uninformed as adults believe and are quite capable of having earnest relationships and Gibson captures that.

A truly light and enjoyable young adult novel.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gibson has written a beautiful coming of age story; set in Trinidad and Tobago it tells the story of Chelsea Marchand, a young girl trying to find the courage to forge her own path.

At seventeen years old Chelsea is thrust into the public spotlight by her father’s candidacy for Prime Minister. An eloquent public speaker, and a seemingly loyal daughter, Chelsea is integral to her father’s campaign, but becomes increasingly disturbed by his duplicity and the tightening of his control over her life
Allison Thwaites
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first ever Caribbean YA and I think it has successfully gotten me out of my slump.

First off, I think the blurb for this is a bit misleading, makes the story sound more dramatic than it really is.

Tamika wrote some nice,believable characters in this book. I think all Caribbean readers will be able to read and relate to this book in some way . (Although, I have to admit the way Chelsea spoke to her parents at times in this book had me shocked 😂). I think many of us can relate to being y
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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(I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

In Dreams Beyond the Shore, Chelsea must reckon her father's plans for her future on Trinidad and Tobago with her own hopes for an education at Georgetown. She meets Kyron and finds a true friend in the midst of a flirty, fun romance. The two learn more about their families, their connection, and themselves as the story unfolds.

I thought this book was "fine, just fine", but I really loved t
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)

Dreams Beyond the Shore had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it left a lot of plot points unexplored. The second part of the above summary promises political intrigue and a horrible discovery to be a big part of the plot. Yet when this reveal finally comes into play, it's more like an afterthought.

The problem with Dreams Beyond the Shore is that it focused a lot on the romance between Chelsea and Kyron, instead of everything both of them are goin
Yanique Gillana
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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What a lovely debut Novel from a West Indian author. As a West Indian I see the lack of own-voices perspectives that come out of our region, so this novel was refreshing. This is a coming of age story of two teens in Trinidad who have come to pivotal points in their lives, where they must find the balance between expectations, and their personal dreams. This story is teaming with morally grey characters and a rich exciting setting for our brief foray into the lives of Chelsea and Kyron.

While the
I received this e-arc copy for an honest review, thank you!

Dreams Beyond the Shore tells about two teenagers who has to take a different path than their peers, it's the story that leads to inspiring youth who chooses to go for their dreams and stand against their parents and the path they want their child to take. What's more, this plot takes it more complex - told by two main character's perspectives, Chelsea Marchand and Kyron, two teenagers of complete lifestyle opposites. But you have heard
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tamika Gibson's debut is a truly engaging work, that blends drama, politics and romance with great ease. She creates characters whom you care about, and while romance is at the heart of the story, it is not a stereotypical romance.

Vanessa Salazar
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson is the 2016 first place winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

Dreams Beyond the Shore simultaneously chronicles the life of the daughter of a political leader on the heels of elections in Trinidad and Tobago, and her love interest, Kyron, the son of a shady businessman. Chelsea Marchand wants nothing more than to be a Writer, but her father Dr. Peter Marchand is openly unsupportive of her creative pursuits. He wants her to be a Lawyer, and eve
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very lovely, clean and sweet young adult novel. I love when an author can draw you in from the very first page. The novel is set in Trinidad where  am from and I really enjoyed how I could relate to the characters and the places described. The novel had a smooth flow all the way through and there was no chapter where I felt bored. There was some humour, some romance and some drama all the elements that I love.

The book was a bit short and I would have loved to see how the two main char
Tesha Elliott
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Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Dreams Beyond the Shore we find seventeen year old Chelsea at a crossroads in her life, left to decide whether to be the dutiful daughter her politician father expects her to be or to follow her own dreams to be a writer.

At its heart this is a coming-of-age love story. Told from two perspectives, Chelsea's and Kyron's-her eighteen year old boyfriend, the story is real and the central characters' voices ring true to the electric experience of new teenage love. Kyron steals the show with his g
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