Book Review: Life is but a Dream by Brian James

June 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm 2 comments

“Alec says a normal life is worse than dying.
He says we’re better off crazy and I believe him.”

Sabrina has always had a special way of seeing the world, but now that she’s in high school, it seems like everyone wants her to be just like everyone else. Just because she sees the world in fantastic colors and shapes and can tell if a person is good or bad by looking for the static in their eyes, that doesn’t mean she’s crazy…does it?

When her parents take her to the Wellness Center, they call it schizophrenia, but being special doesn’t have to have a name, right? Thank goodness for Alec, or her time in the Wellness Center would be unbearable. He knows that Sabrina is just special. And Sabrina believes him.

My Review: Life is but a Dream was filled with beautiful writing, complex and conflicted characters, and thought-provoking questions. The lush imagery, colors, and dreams Sabrina sees make it easy to see how she could feel like her world is better and more beautiful than the real world. But it was also easy to see how she truly did need the help the doctors were trying to give her. That’s what made this book so lovely and tragic all at once. Why would she want to give up her own amazing way of looking at the world? All I can say is…you’ll see.

Katie

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