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Friday, April 9, 2010

Dream in Color by Sarah J. Bradley

Dream in Color by Sarah J. Bradley
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (290 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Cornflower

Ramona Simms is in a rut, her life at a standstill. She is single and over the hill according to her overbearing mother. Her job is beyond tedious and the boss is a tyrant. Instead of a husband, Ramona comes home to a dog with gas. The closest candidate for Prince Charming is Neil, the guy from around the corner and someone she's known her whole life. When Ramona discovers her childhood rock heartthrob Jesse Alexander is coming out of retirement for a summer tour, she decides to change her life to reach for the dream of love and music. Can Ramona turn her nightmare into the stuff of dreams, and make those dreams a reality?

Have you ever fantasized about a rock star?

Ramona has resigned herself to being single and unfulfilled in her work and personal life. To counter the daily drudgery she spins fantasies in her head about her favorite crush, pop star Jesse Alexander. In fact, she spends so much of her time dreaming about Jesse that he seems more real to her than her actual life. When life goes terribly sour at work, Ramona makes an impulsive decision to grab life by the horns and follow her dream – and lucky for her, her “dream” happens to be going on tour. She decides to spend the summer following Jesse’s tour, hoping against hope he will notice her. When circumstances arise that allow her to meet Jesse in person, she decides to “go for the dream”. Jesse isn’t at all what she expects, however, and that could spell trouble for her fantasy.

Dream in Color is essentially a story about a woman who got sick of the status quo and decided to do something about it. The protagonist, Ramona Simms, is single, has gained too much weight, and lost too much of herself and her sense of fun. Her life has become stale and many of us can relate to that. Ramona decides to do something about it however, and that makes her interesting. The story unwinds itself along the road as she follows the band, finally meets Jesse and gets to know him as a real person.

Ramona is a well-developed character and I liked her; by the end of the book I was rooting for her to get what she wanted. Jesse, too was believeable and seemed real. The secondary characters such as Neil (Ramona’s well-intentioned friend-who-wants-to-be-more) and Ellen (Ramona’s mother) were pretty one-dimensional and therefore not very interesting, however, so much of the book revolved around Ramona alone or with Jesse that I didn’t find that an impediment to enjoying the story.

One of the criteria as to whether I think a story is good or not is whether I think of it during those times when I’ve put the book down to attend to something else. This book did that for me. It’s not a complicated read or a particularly deep story but Ramona is a likeable girl and I was rooting for her to be happy. Everybody, at some point in their life, has a crush on someone unattainable and it just plain old makes you feel good to read a story about someone who has their dream come true.