Review: The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

the girl who could not dream by sarah beth durst

Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

Description taken from Goodreads.

Despite the cover…

Oh dear.

A moment of silence for that cover.


Now, despite the cover, The Girl Who Could Not Dream is well-written and fun. I thought the concept was a new and refreshing take on the whole dream scheme. Sophie was a fantastic main character, who was neither annoying nor whiny, and this another example of a healthy book with little to no traces of Disappearing Parent Syndrome.

The plot was fun to follow, and Monster was a funny little guy. I ended up loving a lot about this book, and the only problem was that it constantly felt just a little childish for me. Not even in a whimsical way. I think that had something to do with the first impressions I garnered from the cover, but ultimately, this story wasn’t truly for me. I enjoyed it, but I won’t be reading it again.

Overall, I think this would be a great read for middle-grade readers who still enjoy children’s lit more than traditional middle-grade fiction. Fans of Gregor the Overlander would enjoy this one. 3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 384


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