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Dream Things True

Review

Dream Things True

DREAM THINGS TRUE is Mexican immigrant activist and college professor Marie Marquardt's first YA novel and it offers a realistic and factual representation of what actually goes on in the immigrant community.

DREAM THINGS TRUE follows Alma, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Alma is a high school junior who lives in Georgia around 2008. Alma meets Evan, the nephew of a very conservative US Senator who is against illegal immigration. Alma and Evan have to work through some things to see if they can work as a couple.

Even though DREAM THINGS TRUE is fiction, reading about Alma really opens up your perspective on the hardships that immigrants face.

Marquardt definitely educated me (and will probably educate all of her readers) about immigration issues. Even though DREAM THINGS TRUE is fiction, reading about Alma really opens up your perspective on the hardships that immigrants face. I think this novel will really hit close to home for lots of people because everyone got to where they are through immigration.

Marquardt also made her characters super relatable and interesting to read about. You feel like you’re learning something when reading this book but not like you’re reading nonfiction.

I would recommend DREAM THINGS TRUE to anyone who is looking for an imperfect romance. If you don’t know much about immigration or the culture surrounding it, this could really open your eyes. DREAM THINGS TRUE is a fascinating and interesting novel that is sure to stick with you long after you read it.


Note from Carol Fitzgerald, President of the Book Report Network (which Teenreads.com is a part of!): Reading DREAM THINGS TRUE, I appreciated Alma’s pride in the many Mexican customs that were part of the story, including a quinciera party. She truly lives between two worlds, which is a lot for an adult to deal with, much less a teen. She takes pride in her family but also knows what they must overcome to succeed. Alma also understands the value of education.  While a brilliant student, her choices for the future were limited until  a wonderful counselor took her plight to heart and took her under her wing.

At the same time, her boyfriend, Evan, has his own issues, illustrating that wealth and privilege do not always bring happiness. The layers of his family are just as interesting as the layers in hers.  For those looking for a strong book with many angles to discuss with a book group, DREAM THINGS TRUE could be perfect. 

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board member on September 9, 2015

Dream Things True
by Marie Marquardt