Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters - OPTIONAL

Winters, Cat  The Cure for Dreaming, 342 pgs.  Amulet, 2014.  $17.95  Content: Language: PG-13 (16 swears; Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG.   

Olivia lives in Seattle during the early 1900s.  She lives with her father who is a dentist and he detests all of the women’s suffragist propaganda, but Olivia believes that women are as intellectual as men.  One night, Olivia goes to a hypnotist with her friends and is easily hypnotized in front of a crowd.  Olivia’s father decides he wants to have the hypnotist take away Olivia’s “wild” thoughts of women’s rights which leads to many complications for Olivia.   

The historical period of women’s rights is explored in an interesting way and makes the reader empathize with what it would feel like to not have a voice.  The characters are interesting, especially the hypnotist and his sister, but Olivia’s character is sometimes hard to feel connected to.  There are pictures throughout the book of the time period.  

 MS, HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.       

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