Book: Dream, Annie, Dream (2022)
Author: Waka T. Brown
Genre: MG, Near-Historical (1987)
Opening lines from the book …
You can be anything you want to be. My sixth-grade teacher’s parting words to the graduating class of Iron Hills Elementary ran in my ears, even over the deafening roar of the rocket motors.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK…
1) Annie was such a great protagonist! I loved her enthusiasm. And she has a special spot in her heart for the Alice in Wonderland story.
2) I loved her dad especially! And I liked her mom too. (I probably identified more with the mom then the dad.) I loved how her mom had her own little story arc in this book. But it’s her dad’s positivity that was such a good thing to see. (I also liked the little brother, Tak.)
3) The friendships in this book were interesting, to say the least. I loved how loyal Annie is. Really, it came down to how much I liked how Annie handled herself, even when she saw her best friend always getting the roles she wanted.
4) This book is about theatre. I thought it was a nice touch that it was divided into three acts with three musicals/plays!
5) The director Sam is definitely an interesting character! She’s so blunt. But I like how she connects with Annie, especially near the end of the book.
6) The story is also set in 1987, so that was a fun little trip back down memory lane. 🙂
I don’t always like the “you can be whatever you want to be” line, but I thought this book handled it quite well. The truth is, we can’t always be what we want, but that doesn’t mean we should give up and never try. And I thought that was the ultimate take-away for this book!
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday…
6 thoughts on “Review / Dream, Annie, Dream”
If only it was that simple! Agree with you totally. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for the review 🙂
I have read this book. Love the family character arcs along with the author’s note in the back pages. Thanks for featuring your review on MMGM.
Thanks for your review. Sounds like a good book-and I agree with your sentiment about “believe it and you’ll make it happen.”
I’m glad you liked this story. I was drawn to the musical theater storylines in the book. Would have loved this book as a teen. Great review.
I haven’t read this one- or heard of it before today. It sounds like a great read. Annie sounds like such a great character! Thanks for sharing your review. I will look for this one. 🙂
I read Brown’s first book and loved it. I have this one on my staggering TBR list and hope to get to it soon. You make it sound great. Thanks for the review.