DREAMLAND SARAH DESSEN PDF

Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her two-years-older sister Cass. Caitlin wanders in a dreamland of drugs and a nightmare of sudden fists, trapped in her search for herself. As violence becomes more and more prevalent in our world, one out of every five teenage girls in America will be beaten by a dating partner, and one third to one half of married women will be victims of abuse.

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Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her two-years-older sister Cass. Caitlin wanders in a dreamland of drugs and a nightmare of sudden fists, trapped in her search for herself. As violence becomes more and more prevalent in our world, one out of every five teenage girls in America will be beaten by a dating partner, and one third to one half of married women will be victims of abuse.

Yet shame, fear, and assumed guilt keeps many in conspiracy of silence about this widespread but invisible anguish. Why do girls allow themselves to get into such relationships — and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers through the mind of a young girl who suddenly finds herself in a trap of constant menace, a trap that is baited with love and need.

More and more she must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that had seemed so gentle. All around Caitlin are women who care — best friends, mother, sister, mentor — but she can confide in none of them, especially not Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way for Caitlin.

Dessen has here created a subtle and compelling work of literature that goes far beyond the problem novel in a story rich with symbolism, dark scenes of paralyzing dread, quirky and memorable characters, and gleams of humor.

With the consummate skill and psychological depth that brought her praise for Keeping the Moon , she explores the search for self-identity, the warmth of feminine friendships, and the destructive ways our society sets up young women for love gone wrong. Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, where she teaches fiction writing at the University of North Carolina and recently married her high school sweetheart.

Dreamland is her fourth novel for young people. If you or someone you know is having trouble with partner violence, here are some organizations that you can turn to. A teen-friendly website, sponsored by the American Psychological Association, that offers counsel to girls who think they may be headed for an abusive relationship. A gathering of organizations and groups working to stop partner abuse.

To be honest, I fell into it. Tell me how you came to write about dating violence. In writing this book there was such a sense of having to be very, very careful with this topic and very responsible with it. Because you may have readers who are in this situation looking to you for answers. Exactly, although this is not a problem novel. I also felt I had to be responsible about the role of marijuana in the story.

I worried that when Corinna and Caitlin are sitting on the couch together for endless afternoons looking at television and smoking pot that it was going to seem frivolous, like I was making it seem attractive.

Did your editor feel the same way? I was so glad I was with Deborah Brodie for this book, because she allowed me to be true to my voice; she was respectful in not wanting to tinker with things too much, and that was great.

And she has amazing insight — I could not have done better! Patty Campbell is a longtime critic, librarian, editor, writer, and teacher in the field of young adult literature.

She was the winner of the Grolier Award for distinction in the service of young adults and reading. Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart. Resources to Help Stop Partner Violence: If you or someone you know is having trouble with partner violence, here are some organizations that you can turn to.

What other clues are embedded in the chapter that point to symbols and themes that will be explored later? Find a passage at the end of the novel that suggests that Dreamland could become a more hopeful idea. Sometimes, you can just lose yourself. In what ways are their attempts at taking control alike? How do they differ? Do you think women often try to find their own selves by their choice of a man?

What has been the effect on Caitlin of following in the footsteps of her older and more talented sister all her life? How does the scar on her eyebrow that Cass inflicted sum up those feelings? On the other hand, what different meaning does the scar hold for Cass? What scenes dramatize this? What small evidence can you find that this message has not been entirely wasted on the teenage Caitlin, even as she goes through her cheerleading routines and surrenders her life to Rogerson?

What are the missing pieces in this enigmatic personality, and can you guess at the rest of the picture? What do you think is the particular quality in Caitlin that makes her so attractive to him? The first time Rogerson hits Caitlin, it comes out of nowhere as a complete shock — for us as well as her.

We knew some things about him that should have been warning signals. What were they? Obviously, Caitlin should leave him immediately at this point. Why is this impossible for her, and why does it become increasingly impossible as his violence escalates? Sketch out a scene as to what might have happened if she had been able to walk away from him after the first attack. Would it really have ended there? Or not? The affectionate portrayals of New Agers Boo and Stewart, with their tempeh salads and wise comments, lighten this powerfully dark novel.

Rina, too, who has issues with men, brings some comic relief to the story, and she and Caitlin are another unlikely friendship.

What do you think holds them together? And why is Caitlin unable to confide in her about the abuse? When Corinna makes a safe haven for Caitlin, how is it both comforting and destructive for both of them? When Corinna finally finds the courage to leave Dave, what do her silver bracelets come to symbolize to Caitlin, and how does the wearing of them affect her decisions? One of the most puzzling paradoxes about Rogerson is his gentleness as a lover, as contrasted with his violence. Find evidence of his patience toward Caitlin in sexual matters and his insensitivity to her needs in all other ways.

What in his background could explain this and why is it such a powerful tool in gaining her trust? A poignant example is the moment when her father carefully spreads ashes on the slippery sidewalk because Caitlin has blamed a fall on the ice for the abrasions on her face. Find other examples of their loving intentions coupled with blindness to the reality of the situation. Sarah Dessen builds an almost unbearably escalating sense of dread into the climatic scene of the novel.

We can almost hear the throbbing drums in the background as Caitlin, who has been bullied by Rina into going off to the lake, frantically tries to telephone a dangerously furious Rogerson. Imagine you are shooting this scene as a movie. How would you underscore the rising terror and tension with film techniques like jump cuts, close ups, long shots, distorted focus, special effects, computer graphics?

What music would you choose? Where would you end the scene? Much of the richness of the language of this novel comes from the many symbols that amplify the meaning of the story, and we have discussed several of these already, like the scar and the silver bracelets.

An extended metaphor that brings the book home to a satisfying conclusion is drawn from T. Alfred Prufrock. Learn More About Dreamland print. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.

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Dreamland Reader’s Guide

Remember Me. Dessen starts off by having a beautiful, wonderful, talented girl, being taken for a loop as her sister disappears on her sixteenth birthday. She starts to cope when she meets the mysterious and alluring Rogerson. It turns out that she might be better of without him than with. But how long will it take Caitlin to realize that?

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In Sarah’s Words

Dreamland is a teen novel by the American author Sarah Dessen. Caitlin O'Koren has just realized that on her 16th birthday, her 18 year-old sister, Cass, has run away. Everybody completely forgets about Caitlin's birthday. Her parents are broken-hearted, since Cass was supposed to attend Yale two weeks later. Everyone searches for Cass, but she soon makes a call saying she is with Adam, her boyfriend.

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