Book Reviews

Book Review: The Girl Who Could Not Dream

by Sarah Beth Durst

cover and synopsis from Goodreads

Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?   


This book was an unexpected surprise.

I picked it up last year (yes, a year ago; blame my TBR) on a whim, intrigued by the title and the idea of a bookshop/dreamshop. When I read The Girl Who Could Not Dream this weekend, I didn’t have any exceptions going into it. And I was very happy with the story that I found inside.

I really liked the characters. I loved the positive relationship that Sophie and her parents had–good families in fiction make me happy. =) Monster was great. His snark matched my sense of humor and had me laughing and smiling.

The worldbuilding of dream bottling, and Sophie’s dream talent, were unique. At least in what I’ve read, dreams don’t pop up as a worldbuilding element, so it was fun to read about. And ninja bunnies. But I won’t say more because of spoilers. 😉

Cautions: brief reference to evolution

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