Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia –PUBLIC ONLY

Garcia, Cristina Dreams of Significant Girls, 256 pgs. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2011. $11.46. (Language-PG, Violence-PG; Sexual Content-R.)

Three very different girls come together each summer at an exclusive summer camp in Switzerland. Ingrid is an outspoken and eclectic rebel. Vivien is sweet girl who wants to be good cook and loves to eat. Shirin is an Iranian princess who is having a hard time understanding the other girls and making connections. They have complex histories and personalities. Switching viewpoints, the book allows us to see the events of the summers and their personal lives through the unique perspective of each of the three girls. Just like sisters, they fight, experience life, grow apart, and grow up.
These girls are going through typical teen issues, but the sexual issues are graphic enough to make this book a public only read. I really liked that the author made both the story and characters multidimensional and tried to weave the stories to come together in surprising ways –yet despite this the story lacked heart for me. I didn’t ever fully connect with any of the characters or care about them, and I never felt that the bond between them was genuine. Optional for Public only.

PUBLIC ONLY - OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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