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Scribbler of Dreams

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Romeo and Juliet had the right idea. About dating the enemy that is. They were true to their hearts.

Kaitlin Malone know what it's like to date the enemy. She was raised to hate the Crutchfields, and absolutely does - until she meets Bram Crutchfield. It turns out he's a great guy - one she could talk to, share things with...even love. But when Kaitlin gives her heart to Br
Paperback, US, 223 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Harcourt Paperbacks / Graphia Books (first published April 1st 2001)
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Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
On a small planet, where minute follows minute, day follows day, year follows year, where tradition marches on with a deafening, orderly beat – sometimes the order is disturbed by a dreamer, an artist, a scribbler – sometimes the beat is changed one person at a time.

Scribbler of Dreams is one of those few books that I was able to read in one sitting… UNPUTDOWNABLE! It made me feel a mixture of emotions from anger to sadness back to rage and ultimately resolve. Mary E. Pearson’s writing is execep
Jul 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good Lord, where do I begin???

This is hands down one of the worst YA books of all time. The plot is a rip-off of Romeo and Juliet, which was not a turn off at all and was probably the number one reason I decided to read this. Big mistake because Pearson relied so heavily on R&J that she failed to really set up any kind of plot that makes sense. The story starts off with Kaitlin Malone telling us, "I hate the Crutchfields." The Crutchfields being the family of her Romeo, a young lad named Br
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm really glad this was not the first "Pearson" book I'd ever read. I don't know based on this one, if I would have read any of the others. I would have missed out on "Jenna Fox" (and The Miles Between, but it wasn't my favorite either). I'm beginning to wonder if she wasn't just a one hit wonder.....

"Scribbler" borrowed just a little bit much from "Romeo and Juliet." It was un-original and un-compelling. All the twists and turns were very obvious. The characters were not very likeable. The lov
Kay Harding
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The very first time I read this book I ordered it from a book fair when I was in middle school. I have reread it more times than I can count since, and it was one of the first stories I was so desperate to finish I did almost nothing else.
No, the story is not original, but guess what? It says that it's a Romeo and Juliet tale on the back of the friggin book. What are you expecting? So amazing new tale that's never been done? So NO, do not go into this book thinking it's going to have a bunch of
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: book-club
I really really really enjoyed this book! The book was kind of a romance book, but it also had a bit of mystery to it. I loved how the author made up the story of how they met, and that they both were artists of some kind. It was really cool that Bram and Kaitlin connected in that way. I think others would enjoy the book "Scribbler of Dreams" because it is a story about two lovers who in the end try to bring their two different families together.
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to lianna by: My friend(:
My friend lent me this book to read back in November or 2008. I never read it because I'm not very big on romances. But I read the back last night and got somewhat interested. I read it and quickly became amazed by this book. It's a romance but not the typical type. Kait has a huge hate for his family and Bram has a hate for her own. So she hides her identity from him. They fall in love. But all this time she's been feeding him lies and pretending to be somebody that she is not. And when he find ...more
Sara ♥
Jun 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The story was very Romeo & Juliet. Complete with cathartic ending. I can't remember all the details, but I remember thoroughly enjoying it.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is mainly about a teenage girl and this boy she met at school and about their relationship. This was a great book and I think just about everybody would like this book.
Nya Martinez

So I read this book in 7th grade, and I forgot about it by 8th. But as the years went on, I kept remembering this book. I didn't know the title, the characters names, even what exactly in the book. I just knew some of the plot, the girl went to boarding school then public school, meet a boy her family hates and they fall in love. That was it. That's all I knew. So I spent years knowing I would never find this book based on that information alone, be
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Crutchfield makes one small mistake, having a baby without the presence of a husband,and her sister Amanda Crutchfield Malone absolutely shuns her and refuses to ever speak to Maggie again. This is how the Crutchfields and Malones began to hate each other and create their feud. Five generations later Kaitlin Malone and her sister, Abby, are starting a new high school with their mother's maiden name, Hampton. This school just so happens to be owned by the very wealthy Crutchfield family. T ...more
Brianna Warnick
Oct 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
the only plot is the romance. When there were other conversations, or activities the main character was doing, it was just summed up really quick in a paragraph. So you didn't get to know other characters. It also seems like rushed romance. She saw him, they talked like twice then were suddenly "in love". her friend said she "had the hots" for him. and she says "no it's not like that its REAL". which sounds so lame! because the only reason she did start hanging out with him is because he was hot ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is Amazing to say the least. I read this book 2 years ago and the plot is etched in my brain. I remember reading this book and staying up just to finish it. The book itself, I couldn't put down and the next day, going to school with bags on my eyes, I went to the library to check out another book by Mary Pearson and they didn't have any.

This book reminds me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. Two families: The Crutchfields and The Malones, sworn enemies, countless arguments, and a continued hat
Aug 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I totally fell in love with Scribbler of Dreams. I don't know if I would say it's a Romeo and Juliet type story (even though it is), but the family feud reminded me more of the Hatfields and McCoys with a love story. Either way, it was amazing.

Kait Malone hates the Crutchfields for everything they've done. She's forced to transfer to a Crutchfield school, Twin Oaks. There, she meets Bram, the quiet artist who has an eye for beauty. The only drawback? Bram's name is Crutchfield.

It was so adorable
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GOSH!! I just bought this book yesterday - september 25,2011 - and I was surprised to myself that I actually had finished this book today! I love the story.. super love.. the story is really fascinating about family, hate, love, lies, and regret.. this book only shows that love can conquers everything even a generation "hate" of two families.. reading this, I felt like I had also felt every feeling of Kaitlin Malone.. I was tickled in pink,I laughed, I feel nervous, and I cry!! yes, I cry... It' ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katelin Malone has been trained since birth to hate the Crutchfield family. However, when her father ends up in jail for a murder he did not commit, she doesn't have to rely on her years of training to hate them anymore.... Until Bram Crutchfield comes along and changes everything for her. Now she's torn between a love she's not supposed to feel, and a past she doesn't know if she believes in any more.

I picked this book up at the Scholastic Warehouse sale for $1 and that's the only reason I boug
Maggie V
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
A retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" staring the Hatfields and McCoys (or at least Malones and Crutchfields in this book). A decent retelling and Kaitlin and Bram seem to know each other even though there is some "love at first sight" going on. The only problem I had was the ending. It was too neatly done and not all of my questions were directly answered. I think I would have prefered a blow-out fight (verbal of course) between the families to see who was telling the truth and who was lying (there ...more
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is geared toward a much younger audience. Kimberly had just finished reading it so I picked it up and ended up reading it too. Two HS Seniors meet and fall in love. The problem is their families have disliked each other for generations. This book is about opening your mind enough to see beyond your own point of view to trying to understand anothers. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is quoted before the story even begins as saying, "If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we shoul ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: dramatic naive preteens
Recommended to Marissa by: my younger self, who I am now convinced was on crack
I read this book for the first time when I was in 8th grade. I apparently loved it, and kept my fond feeling for this book with me for years. Okay, so I found this book at a garage sale, and was absolutely excited to read it again. My thoughts upon reading this book for the second time represent how drastically someone can change and grow. I read this book with a permanent feeling of rolling my eyes at the entire situation. It was as if everything that I now hate about books was rolled up into a ...more
Tiasha monea
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book really catches your attention as soon as you start, it's suspenseful. The author made all the emotions in the story feel real. You would always be anxious to know what's going to happen next, so you have the urge to keep reading it. And I don't usually read suspenseful book, but this one was well worth opening.
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic

I really enjoyed this book! It's not just about the relationship between the main character and the boy she loves and how she feels about him and herself when she's with him. It's about the depth of the hatred between the two families and the consequences of generational hatred and revenge.
Kayla Devall
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the first and only book I have read in one night because I could not put it down. It got to me at the end and actually made me cry a few times. It was Ridiculously good to my 16 year old self.
First non-school assigned book I ever read. I picked it up on a whim when the annul mobile library came to our school. This book marked my love for storytelling. I've read it countless times and remains one of my favorite books to this day. Highly recommend.
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Colleen Houck
This was a sort of contemporary Romeo and Juliet. I really enjoyed this one, especially the poetry. Beautiful!
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
I first read this around 1999-2002 when I was in junior high. I thought it was intense, emotionally-charged, and poetic back then.

Re-read 2017:
Why I Recommend Bumping This DOWN On Your TBR: It's purely entertaining. The moral isn't life-altering; I might even argue that it's not important at all. The protagonist continues to lie throughout the book, hurting multiple people, and this is never resolved outside of her saying at the end that lying is harmful. This is a sad portrayal of love, and Bra
I first read this book when it published way back in 2001 and I was still in high school. I can't remember if my sister gave it to me or if I got it a book fair at school, but I do remember loving it. I pulled it off the shelf tonight for a familiar read, and it just made me so happy!

It's more or less a sort of modern day take on Romeo & Juliet, without all the murder! Well, there is a sort of murder but not really haha. What I mean is that they aren't teenagers who kill themselves in the th
Xandria Collins
May 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wasn’t exactly amazed by this book. Why mention Romeo and Juliet if they weren’t mentioned in the story? To me, it felt like it was a simple love story just with two opposite forces trying to keep them from loving each other - but it wasn’t Shakespeare worthy at best. Secondly, it was Kaitlyns decision to change her name, and to show her face within the crutchfield community - as it was her reprimands that ended up this way. Deception, however, was the name of the game within this story, but i ...more
Del-Gratia Crawley
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was amazing. The writing style was so beautiful and the secrets with the two families. What I did not enjoy very much was the pase of the relationship between Kaitlin and Beam. It was two fast but I know it was a Romeo and Juliet retelling so it was bound to have instalove. Overall I thought the story was great and I would consider reading it again.😁😁😁😁😁😁
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago, and it still plays in my head as one of my favourites. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find it again but it'd led me to her other work which I fell in love with as well.

Yes, it is based on R&J, but for that sucker that loves a good YA love story, this one is one to grab!
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Mary E. Pearson is the NYT bestselling and award-winning author of eleven YA novels and one novella. Her works include the completed trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles, which in a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly called “masterfully crafted.” Her favorite activities as a child were climbing tall trees imagining she was a hero in some fantastical world, or running along fence tops and roofs pretendi ...more
“On a small planet where minute follows minute, day follows day, year follows year, where tradition marches on with a deafening orderly beat-sometimes the order is disturbed by a dreamer, and artist, a scribbler-sometimes the beat is changed by one person at a time.” 7 likes
“I shan't make a fuss over the babe's father.” 5 likes
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