Pub. Date: January 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover, 336pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dreams have been coming to her in black and white and turning out to be oddly prophetic.
Becca’s been hanging out with her old prep school friends and never seems to have time for Claire anymore. And soon, Claire discovers why—there’s a secret group of society girls with a mysterious identity. And, turns out, a mysterious enemy who’s out to get them. The second she sniffs out trouble, Claire jumps on the case. But is it someone close to Claire who’s in danger again—or could it be Claire herself whose life is at stake?
In the follow up to Dream Girl, Dream Life takes Claire on another mysterious adventure. Claire’s finally getting a better grip on her abilities with the help of her necklace that her grandmother gave Claire for her birthday. In Dream Life, we get to see Claire’s growth and how she’s better prepared to uncover the meanings of her dreams to help her figure out the clues to solve her latest “Lady Inspector shenanigans” as her grandmother would say.
Among my favorite characters in this series is Claire who continues to be likeable with her smarts and wit. Then there’s Kiki, Claire’s grandmother who’s hilarious. You can always count on her for a laugh. Mechling has a way of tickling your funny bones. Claire and best friend Becca’s friendship is strained from their secrets - Claire with her prophetic dreams and Becca with her secret society.
The secret society’s identity and mission threw me for a loop. I commend Mechling for writing about the achievements of the secret society at their ages. Maybe it’s just me and I need to get out more. I think if I was living in New York especially with all the fashion references, I would be living it up and just having fun. However, I do think that younger teens looking for a light read with plenty of the mystery and glamour of Manhattan high society will appreciate Mechling's satisfying sequel.
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