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Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
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it was amazing
bookshelves: anticipated-2019, arcs, favorites, fnwreadchallenge-2019

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Full review in a few hours because it’s 1:22 AM and I need to sleep for school.

UPDATE: Okay, so it’s been more than a few hours, but here we are!

As soon as I’d first heard about this book I was extremely excited. It’s about Puerto Rican girl gangs in a dystopian future! I could already see the aesthetic boards making themselves!!

And then when I actually read this book... Let me tell you, it definitely lived up to all of my hopes. The imagery was so strong and lush, it felt like I was watching a movie. And Nalah’s voice as a narrator was just so perfect.

Speaking of which... THE DIALOGUE. I was in HEAVEN. I loved that there were constantly Spanish phrases being peppered in, and I loved that all of the characters were so distinct. It felt like I could hear them in my head, I was so completely transported to the world of this amazing book.

This book has such strong messages on families, especially found families, and on how people form their own identities. I loved the way that all of the characters developed—both in relation to one another and on their own.

Overall, this book was pretty much everything that I’d hoped for. I think the only thing that I’m missing is a book 2, although I’m pretty sure it’s a standalone. Sure, the ending ties up pretty neatly, but I really enjoyed these characters and would love to read more about them and more about this world.
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Reading Progress

October 10, 2018 – Shelved
October 10, 2018 – Shelved as: anticipated-2019
October 10, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
January 4, 2019 – Shelved as: arcs
March 4, 2019 – Started Reading
March 5, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites
April 1, 2019 – Shelved as: fnwreadchallenge-2019

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Natalie ⭐ I need this book in my hands RIGHT NOW PLEASE. Futuristic Latina girl gangs??? YES??????

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