Scribbler of Dreams

Scribbler of Dreams

by Mary E. Pearson


Kaitlin Malone has been raised to hate the Crutchfields, relatives the Malones have feuded with for as long as Kaitlin can remember. This legacy of hatred has never been questioned—until Kaitlin meets a boy and begins to fall in love with him before she discovers that he is a Crutchfield . . . and the son of the man her father has gone to prison for killing.
To give the relationship a chance, Kaitlin lies about her identity. But what was supposed to be one temporary untruth leads to yet another, and soon she finds herself tangled in a complicated web of deceit. In the course of her deception, she discovers an even bigger lie: The Crutchfields are not the monsters her family has always portrayed them to be. When Maggie Crutchfield, the matriarch who started the feud, reaches out from the past to right a wrong, she offers Kaitlin a legacy worth holding on to-if she can.

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How many faces does regret have?
The quiet face of a lie, barely whispered. The seductive face of prying questions.
The shrewd face of a deception well planned. The longing face of a dream never realized.
How many faces… too many to count, and when I look in the mirror, I see them all.

As my rating says, this was a “nice, entertaining read”, and I couldn’t put it down not knowing what the resolution might be.
It was interesting to see how even the smallest lie could get into something really big, and I felt sorry for Kaitlin because indeed the truth was not better than all those lies – so I could feel her struggle.

I kept asking myself what would I do in a similar situation (assuming that I could get somehow into this kind of trouble), and the truth is that I don’t know.. I wouldn’t be able to sit there, hearing my love interest talking about how much he hates my family – or even me, without knowing – (I have my own pride.. a lot of it) but anyways.. is it worth it? was it?

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I would have love to read more about Bram (and yes, his point of view in this would have been great), because I didn’t really get the love part in this story.
So OK.. Romeo & Juliet, love at first sight.. I can understand that, but I needed to see more development on it.
Kait was saying how she loved him an how great they were together, but I never saw it happening. It was like hearing a story from/about a friend of her, not her story (if you understand what I mean).
Let’s assume that I don’t trust her.. she is young and she doesn’t know much about love,so I want to feel by myself that strong love she talks about, I want to see what she sees in Bran, I want to see by myself how great he is .. well, don’t hold your breath because this is not going to happen.

So except from this little detail about their unbelievable and sudden love (that pretty much holds the whole story if you ask me) and also the fact that I didn’t get to know any of the characters at all, the book was really entertaining with some fun moments, and some sad ones.. I liked the journal entries left behind, and I could (kind of) believe that a story like that would hold such hate trough time.. because we are humans, so we love to hate as much as we love to.. well, love.

On a small planet, where minute follows minute, day follows day, year follows year, where tradition marches on with a deafening, orderly beat – sometimes the order is disturbed by a dreamer, an artist, a scribbler – sometimes the beat is changed one person at a time.

PS: I loved the last scene with her sister Abby.

PSS: I know that my review is pretty much ‘rushed’ and doesn’t say much about the important things, but hey, so is the story :))

PSS: no, really, it was a nice read – I was just in the mood for something more.. romantic (thinking about Romeo and Juliet, so would you probably).. it’s not Mary’s fault that I was expecting something else. So, don’t expect ‘something else’ while reading this :p

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2 responses to “Scribbler of Dreams”

  1. Chelsie says:

    I read this book back in middle school and I’ve been trying to find it again ever since. I finally managed that after finding this review. Thank you for ending a years long search!

    • Ari says:

      I am glad to hear that – happy to help 🙂
      And I know how hard it is to look for a book that you like and not find it anywhere, such a nightmare. *sigh*

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