Author: Angela Carlie
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing
Release Date: April 4th, 2011
Source: Review copy from author
Summary via Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Autumn has spent her entire life worrying about others. Her ailing grandma, meth-addicted mother, and a best friend who's always in trouble. She's spent the last few years attempted to worry less, to be carefree, without success.
Enter Evan, whose radiant attitude is an Autumn magnet. With Evan at her side, Autumn's able to let some of her worries go as they trudge through life's difficulties and fall for each other in the process.
Dream Smashers is a coming of age story about a girl who not longer wants to care and a boy who cares enough for the both of them. It's a love story, but mostly, it's about rising above the dream smashers of the world.
This was an incredibly powerful read. I haven't read a lot of books that went as into depth with families dealing with drug addiction.
Autumn's mother left her with her grandparents when she was young. In her 16 years these are the only parents she has ever know. Jacinda, her biological mother, is someone who just comes around from time to time causing trouble and breaking her Grams heart. I was immediately entranced in the story and the life of this 16 year old who has nothing, but a life full of worries. She has had far more horrible things happen in her life than anyone deserves in a lifetime, let alone her short 16 years. She tries so hard to turn her life around and be optimistic, but bad things keep happening. Finally, she meets Evan. A church going good boy that puts some light into her life. And, after a while, hope. He is the kind of person that sticks with her through the good and the bad which is something that Autumn isn't necessarily used to. He opens her up to a new way of thinking which she so desperately needs.
I felt so much pain for Autumn. It was hard not to hurt for her. The life of pain and sorrow she was living was the only one she had ever known. She was so beautifully written as were all the characters. Each one of them having a direct effect on her life and making her the person that she is.
I also like the way the author used different view points to tell the story. Primarily we see things through the eyes of Autumn, but we also get to see glimpes of the story through Jacinda (her biological mother) and Evans point of view. It was really interesting to see the story through Jacinda's eyes. She is filled with so much anger and blames everyone else for her actions and her addiction.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was a very emotional ride, but in a good way. This is a fantastic debut novel! I look forward to more of her books in the future.
Missy's rating - 4/5