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The Cure For Dreaming

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The Cure For Dreaming

Olivia Mead’s friends take her to see the mesmerizing Henri Reverie --- a hypnotist who has come to visit her hometown of Portland, Oregon --- for her birthday. He chooses her to be part of his demonstration, and Olivia finds that he holds a great power over her.  When she goes home that night, her father confronts her about her presence at a women’s suffrage rally.  He believes Olivia is becoming rebellious and fears that she, like her mother, will leave him.  As a “cure” for her dream of someday being able to vote, Dr. Mead hires Henri Reverie to hypnotize Olivia so that she will stop her unladylike behavior.
 
Instead, Olivia finds that after the hypnosis, she can see people for who that truly are, whether that is a fiendish monster or a trustworthy friend.  The hypnosis also renders her incapable of saying anything but “all is well” when she is upset.  When a date with a seemingly charming young man goes awry, Olivia sees even more clearly how dangerous it is for her to be stuck in her hypnotic state.  She begs Henri to reverse what he has done to her, but he refuses.  His sister is gravely ill, and he needs the money from Olivia’s father in order to pay the doctor bills.  However, he eventually comes around and agrees to help her, and together they concoct a plan that will free Olivia, save Henri’s sister and give a group of anti-suffragists a taste of their own medicine.
 
Olivia is a great role model for us all; she’s not afraid to stick up for what she believes in, even if it means she’ll lose everything she knows.  
 
THE CURE FOR DREAMING is not your average historical fiction novel.  Feminism, romance, adventure and, yes, a little magic all play roles in this exciting novel.  Olivia Mead is a fun, smart and daring protagonist.  Olivia is a great role model for us all; she’s not afraid to stick up for what she believes in, even if it means she’ll lose everything she knows.  And while the villains in the novel are not as vile as the ones in Olivia’s favorite novel, DRACULA, they are still delightfully despicable.  Unfortunately, some of the side characters seem a little one-dimensional, but overall Winters did a good job creating interesting characters.
 
One of the best parts of THE CURE FOR DREAMING is and the attention it puts on early feminism.  The attention to different small historical aspects, such as the “shock” of women riding bicycles, causes the novel to feel more realistic than some other historical nonfiction novels.  It also allows the readers to step into Olivia Mead’s world for a short while and helps us to understand just a small portion of the struggles women had to go through.  Winters also does an excellent job with the overall plot of the novel.  The book pulls readers in right away, and the pacing of the novel is perfect.  While the book is a lighter read, the subject matter is a little more serious, making it a good book for several different types of readers.  THE CURE FOR DREAMING is a novel that will hopefully grace the bookshelves of many readers for years to come.

Reviewed by Cheyenne C., Teen Board Member on October 7, 2014

The Cure For Dreaming
by Cat Winters

  • Publication Date: October 14, 2014
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • ISBN-10: 1419712160
  • ISBN-13: 9781419712166