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Published:May 6th, 2011 17:59 EST
Dream Smashers, by Angela Carlie

Dream Smashers, by Angela Carlie

By Tony Graff

Through a friend of a friend and Facebook, I got to meet Angela Carlie, a fellow author trying to get a book published. Her debut novel, Dream Smashers, is now available in e-book format, and I got to read it.

The story follows Autumn Summer Winters, who worries too much. Her mom`s a crank junkie, her grandma smokes like a chimney, and the whole world is messed up except for her best friend Rainy. Unlike the reality around her, Autumn dreams of being able to live a carefree life, one without worries, parents who relapse, and all the crap that accompanies her life.

Enter the guy who seems like he already has everything she wants (his name`s Evan). He`s happy enough it`s contagious. The one thing he has that she doesn`t is religion. He is actively a part of his faith, and tells Autumn that is why it looks like he`s so carefree.

Autumn tries it and it seems everything gets worse. Junkie mom returns, bent causing problems, her friend Rainy up and disappears, and it seems her only friend now is a former enemy name Angel. She begins to wonder if faith really can give her the life she`s always wanted to live.

For the first half of the book, it felt like I was reading Ellen Hopkins, who is notorious for writing books that describe life as harsh and without any ending worth reading. But where Ellen Hopkins says life it crap, deal with it, Angela Carlie instill in readers that change can occur, and life can be a happy experience. She doesn`t waylay the fact that everyone pretty much is going to earn every happy moment, but she doesn`t resign Dream Smashers to depression and hopelessness. Autumn definitely has moments where she is happy and the reader is drawn to her happiness as well.

My only complaint in reading Dream Smashers is the language. It`s blatantly obvious when we see life through Autumn`s mom`s eyes because the vocabulary takes a turn for the vulgar.

If language doesn`t bother you, and are looking for optimism, Angela Carlie`s Dream Smashers gets the recommend.