by Marie Marquardt
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 1, 2015)
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Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart -- until the day he jumps into her dad's truck and slams on the brakes.I’m well aware of undocumented immigrants as I was one of them when I first entered this country. Although the story touches this topic, it really doesn’t go too in-depth into the matter. Which was a bit disappointing and the lack of chemistry between the main characters didn’t really help.
The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all - except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They both want out of this town. His one-way ticket is soccer; hers is academic success.
When they fall in love, they fall hard, trying to ignore their differences. Then Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids in their town, and Alma knows that she needs to share her secret. But how will she tell her country-club boyfriend that she and almost everyone she's close to are undocumented immigrants?
What follows is a beautiful, nuanced 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. This page-turning debut asks tough questions, reminding us that love is more powerful than fear.
With a gorgeous cover and interesting synopsis, I believed I would love this story. Hello, a modern Romeo and Juliet story?! YES, please. Yet, the story felt short to its mark. The romance was less than okay. What bother me the most is that I just couldn’t click with Alma and Evan. At all. I didn’t buy their romance. Their interactions were dull and. it. just. didn’t. work.
However, the only thing I enjoyed about this story is the way I was rooting for the Garcia family. Their struggle are real and you just wanted to lend a hand. The constant fear of being caught and being deported. I wish the story would tell us more about them overall.
Dream Things True is an okay read. Some questions were unanswered due to much drama on Evan’s part. And the no translation on most parts, this will be a difficult read for those who cannot understand Spanish. Not really an ideal read.