Friday, November 6, 2015

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

384 p.
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 11/3/15
Source: From author for review
Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents' bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

My thoughts:

This is listed as an MG book but I do think that younger kids would enjoy it. Either by reading to them or when they are ready for chapter books. Also, I only review books in the MG realm on occasion but since I loved this author's other works it convinced me to give it a go.

While there were some areas where I thought the plot could be tightened up a bit, and some of the sections could be shorter, I still found myself captivated by the storyline. The characters are great and you really like Sophie as the unlikely heroine. As much as I loved Sophie and the other humans (her mom and dad were a hoot) in the book who I really loved was Monster. Monster came out of a dream Sophie drank while snooping in her parents dream shop. She changed him and he is a nice monster (although don't tell him that) and he protects Sophie fiercely. He is the humor in he book and really the personality. I want a Monster! LOL I have no doubt that everyone who reads this book will feel exactly the same way.

I give this book 4 stars. I think it is a delightful book for young kids. There are some dark parts to it (nightmares coming to life) but I don't think it would be too scary for most kids. I suggest you read it first and fall for Monster before determining if it is appropriate for your child.

Book info:
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  1. Whaaat? I didn't know Sarah wrote a MG book. That's cool. I normally wouldn't read this, but I'm curious because it is Sarah.

  2. I don't know how I missed that she wrote this either, I love her books! Now I'm going to have to try this one. ;)
    Great review Melissa, have a wonderful weekend!

  3. I will have to check this out for Risa, I think it is something she would like. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. I don't read a lot of MG books I confess but this one looks really cute!

    1. I don't either, but cannot discount a good book. Plus, I do have pressies to consider. :)

  5. Oh this sounds wonderful..a cute monster might be nice!

  6. the whole dream concept is so interesting! I can't wait to read it

  7. My nephew brought home a book where the old lady kept on swallowing things, til she swallowed a horse and died. DIED! So nightmares coming to life are good

  8. This sounds cute and I hadn't heard of it yet!

  9. I love middle grade books, this one should like something I would love. Adding to my ever growing TBR :) Great Review!!!


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