Review: Dream Smashers by Angela Carlie

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My name is Autumn Spring Winters. Right? What sane person names their kid after not only one season of the year, but three? Well, the last name was inherited, but still. Nobody ever said my mom was in her right mind, though. I often wonder what life would be like if she wasn’t a tweaker. But, you know, that’s just a daydream. Reality is she’s a meth addict. She’s been an addict for as long as I can remember. Sometimes I like to believe her when she says she’s clean. Sometimes, when she’s high, we get along great. Sometimes we even talk. When she’s coming down, though, it’s best to just hide.

My name is Autumn Spring Winters and Dream Smashers is my story. It’s a love story, but most of all, it’s about letting go.

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Autumn lives with her grandmother.  Her mother is a drug addict and can’t be trusted.  She only comes around when she needs money for her next fix.  Autumn hangs out with best friend Rainy.  She isn’t the best influence but Autumn likes her.  They have a special place in an empty house where they hang out during the day when they don’t want to go to class.  One day their place is discovered by Ace when he surprises them.  He is a bit creepy and makes Autumn uncomfortable. After that things start to change.  Rainy sets Autumn up with a boy named Evan.  Autumn never really dates but reluctantly agrees to go.
Evan is sweet and a nice surprise for Autumn.  After meeting Evan, Autumn starts questioning the things in her life. She needs more friends.  She needs to try harder.  However her mother, Jacinda, seems very interested these days also.  In fact she likes to make scenes when she is around.  She does everything she can to hurt Autumn, even keeping secrets about Autumn’s father.
Autumn is trying to be better and carefree.  Her role model is a mysterious woman she sees driving a roadster.  Autumn pictures what that woman’s life must be like and strives for it. Unfortunately reality is not the same.  Autumn has issues with her mom and Rainy.  Evan seems to be the calm she needs.  She has to question her dreams and wants.  When devastation hits, Autumn has to decide which direction she is going to turn.
The idea of this book was truly fascinating.  The life that Autumn and Rainy have is dark and wanting.  It’s great that the author showed how a teen’s life isn’t what you see in movies.  However there was a strong religious tone to it.  That is something I tend to not like in my stories.  So that took away some of my favor for the story.
The ending was good and I was shocked at the turn of events that the author threw at me.  I also liked the direction Autumn seems to be drifting toward especially after she met Evan.  They were sweet together, exactly what they both needed.

For me the storyline was great but the religious aspect took away from it.  I give it a 3 out of 5.

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