Book Review #109
Title: Dream Things True
Author: Marie Marquardt
Publication: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 352 pages
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.
Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much — except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There’s too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced 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.
With all the news that’s covering about immigrants in America, it made me wonder about their story – their point of view. And this book, has shown me even if its only a glimpse of what’s really out there. This book has definitely given me a bit of light about their current state, a bit of how they feel about their circumstances, how difficult they have to go through just to continue living in this harsh world and the struggles.
I like the fact that Alma is so driven to study and gain as much knowledge as she can. Her father works so hard to make money to make her education a priority. And seeing that she really appreciates it makes my hurt warm. People like these deserves so much more than they have.
Its really great to see that there are others who truly cares about others wellbeing. Evan is such a nice and considerate guy whom our world needs more of because its not just immigrants need them, we all need these kind of peoples in our lives. The ones who would risk themselves just to restore justice and the ones who would put himself out there just because it is morally right.
This book is a really great read with a happy ending. Much like everyone in our world need right now.