Title: Dream Life
Author: Lauren Mechling
Release Date: January 12, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3 out of 5
Dream Life picks up right where Dream Girl left off, but there’s no rest for Claire. Andy is acting distant and strange, which makes Claire think that he’s not interested in her anymore. To make matters worse, Becca has started hanging out with her friends from her old school, leaving Claire behind. But Claire can tell there’s something that Becca isn’t telling her, and when she finds out, it will start her down a whole new path with a mystery along the way.
I thought Dream Life sounded like an interesting book when I was offered it for review months ago. I accepted it, and before tackling it, went back and read Dream Girl, the first book in Mechling’s series. While I didn’t love Dream Girl, I was interested enough to proceed with the second book.
I have to admit, I found Dream Life a little bit silly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an entertaining book and I wholeheartedly believe it’s one teens will enjoy. Claire is an endearing and loyal character who wants to do the right thing and help her friends. She also has a New York City lifestyle that is enviable, but not ridiculous. She’s the type of girl any teen would want as a best friend – funny, smart, and incredibly resourceful.
However, I felt like Dream Life was much better suited for the teen crowd than as a book with crossover adult appeal. The mystery was interesting, but I found the entire premise of the book a little strange. I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but it didn’t capture me the way I would have hoped. I just had trouble buying the setup of the novel.
Dream Life is a novel I’ll definitely recommend to teens. Mechling is a talented and creative writer, and if she chooses to write a novel for adults, I won’t hesitate to pick it up.