Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review of The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

The Cure for Dreaming 
by Cat Winters
368 Pages
Age Range: 12+
Grade Level: 7th Grade
Publisher: Amulet Books

A young suffragette's father decides to use a hypnotist to get all the rebellion out of her. When the hypnotist tries to get her to become docile, he instead gives her the power to see people's true nature, but when he did that he also took away her ability to speak her mind when she is angry. As the suffragette and the hypnotist get to know each other, they increasingly become closer, and they learn the true nature of each other.

The Short:
I liked reading this book. It was witty and very interesting to see the suffrage movement from the perspective of a suffragette. The overall story was a compelling, and  a joy to read about. Having said that, there were a few problems with the story, and it took me longer than it should have to read it.

The Good:

  • It is very uncommon for me to read stories about women's rights because it usually doesn't interest me since I am not a feminist. This book may have changed my mind about that. I loved the women's rights aspect of the story. It was so interesting to see both sides of the dispute. The girl, and most of her friends are suffragettes while her father is a hardcore Anti-Suffrage person. The way that the women were treated by their fathers, husbands, the country, and just men in general was both horrendous and fascinating at the same time. Great job, Cat Winters, on making a beautifully realistic struggle for suffrage.
  • The supernatural aspect was very well done. I thought is was more than interesting to see how Olivia reached to the changes that the hypnotist, Henri, imposed upon her. She was at first just freaked out by the concept of seeing the world how it truly was, but after some time to get used to it, Olivia began to accept the gift, and at times was very thankful for it.
  • I adored the quotes from feminist books from the time period. They were not at all essential to the story, but they were a fantastic addition. 
  • The characters were very vivid. Olivia, and Henri seemed like people who could have actually walked the streets at the turn of the century. Even the small side characters were real to me. All the characters were given specific personalities, and they didn't ofter stray from who they were. the people stuck to their values, and that was wonderful to see.
  • The romance was well paced. It was a very meaningful romance that showed the progression of Olivia's character from a sheltered girl to a beautiful modern woman.
  • Bicycle Bloomer... Enough said. 
The Bad:
  • I thought that the story progressed very slowly. Don't get me wrong, it was a fantastic story, but it could have been fifty pages shorter, and still had the same effect on me. 
  • Some of the scenes seemed pointless, and I found that it was not necessary for some of the scenes to occur because it really did not do much to advance the story.
The Rating:



Language: very minor. There may have been one instance of "hell" in the entire book.
Violence: minor if any
Sex: kissing, someone tried to force themselves on another character, but not much became of it

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