Spotlight: Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

Posted November 18, 2015 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spotlight: Dream Things True by Marie MarquardtDream Things True by Marie Marquardt
Published by Macmillan on September 1st 2015
Genres: Hispanic & Latino, Love & Romance, People & Places, United States, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: St. Martin's Griffin
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four-stars

Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart -- until the day he jumps into her dad's truck and slams on the brakes. The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They both want out of this town. His one-way ticket is soccer; hers is academic success.When they fall in love, they fall hard, trying to ignore their differences. Then Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids in their town, and Alma knows that she needs to share her secret. But how will she tell her country-club boyfriend that she and almost everyone she's close to are undocumented immigrants?What follows is a beautiful, nuanced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one's family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives. This page-turning debut asks tough questions, reminding us that love is more powerful than fear.

“Dream Things True” by Marie Marquardt is a sweet story about an all American 17-year-old boy named Evan falls in love with a 16-year-old Mexican immigrant named Alma. Alma’s father works for Evan’s family landscapers. When these two teenagers meet it is like love at first sight. Things are already difficult for the two of them because Evan comes from a wealthy family and Alma’s father is very strict not allowing her to have much time to herself. Alma’s father just wants to keep Alma and the rest of the family safe from getting deported back to Mexico.

This is a really sweet story. I loved how Evan and Alma tried everything they could just to spend time with each other. I think Marquardt did a wonderful job writing this story. The characters are so easy to love and their issues are so real. This story shows how being undocumented immigrants really affects a family. I thought this was a cute story but also informative at the same time. I love that it is written for young adults. This is a great book to read.

four-stars

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