Book Review: The Moonlight Dreamers (Siobhan Curham)

Publisher: Walker Books

Release Date: July 7th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she’s being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn’t much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers – moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with

Review:

I won a copy of this book in a giveaway at Luna’s Little Library so big thanks to her 🙂

This was a charming story of female friendship and empowerment, creativity and embracing who you are without conforming to what other people think you should be. Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose are all very different girls who meet and become friends when Amber starts a ‘Moonlight Dreamers’ club, where the girls tell each other their dreams and help them make them a reality.

I liked how different the girls’ dreams were. While some of them may have seemed more trivial than others, they were all very personal and mattered to them in a different way. I really liked Amber’s passion for Oscar Wilde and her dream to visit his grave in Paris (something I wish I’d done last time I was there now!).

For character development, I enjoyed Rose’s the most, as she was the most prickly of the four but really opened up and came into her own towards the end of the book. She’s also a classic example of not judging a book by its cover: just because she’s gorgeous it doesn’t mean she’s a classic bitch/obsessed with her looks. Maali was really sweet and even though her dream didn’t go quite as she expected, I was glad she found some courage and confidence. Same with Sky and the others really: no one’s dream went quite to plan but that made the book more realistic: most things don’t turn out all shiny in the end but we learn from the experience and grow as people.

I did feel like part of the Moonlight Dreamers club was a little twee at times and maybe that’s just me showing my age: the rules and chanting just wasn’t up my street. Still, I thought this was a great summer read with a really positive message without getting too heavy about it.

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