Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sydney's Teentown: Disneylanders Book Review

  **I received free product to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

            Casey is a fourteen year old girl spending a few days at Disneyland with her parents. Pretty much just like every other summer before. However, this summer is different. For one thing, her best friend, who almost always goes with them, has completely dumped her as a friend entirely. She’s also tired of following her parents' schedule. She has no idea what to expect when she starts High School at the end of the summer. Even Disneyland, which makes her the happiest, can’t cheer her up. Until, she meets Bert while waiting in line for the Indiana Jones Adventure. However, Bert is hiding something. Both of his parents are mysteriously absent and he wears an old Mickey Mouse watch that doesn't even work.
            Soon, Casey ditches her parents to go hang out with him. Slowly his secrets begin to come out, as well as a few of her own. She secretly wonders could Bert be her first boyfriend? Casey knows she can’t stay in Disneyland forever. She knows soon she’ll have to leave and face reality, leaving her childhood behind and gaining some new and important lessons about growing up.

            A lot stuck out to me while reading Disneylanders and just how much I related to the main character, Casey. One of the very first things she says is that Disneyland is her happy place and probably the only place she can escape everything that’s going on in her life right now. I’ve never been to Disneyland myself, but that’s exactly how I feel about Walt Disney World. So that’s a huge part as to why I liked this book so much. This character felt real to me.

            Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the fact she had sort of a Disney romance. I will not lie, that’s something I’ve dreamed about having. Even though Casey and Bert only knew each other for two days, they really genuinely cared about each other and remained close friends when they had to go their separate ways. If you’re into this sort of thing, I highly recommend reading Disneylanders by Kate Abbott. Even if you aren’t, I still recommend it. I love reading but it takes a lot to keep me captivated in a book for long and this book kept my attention.

            I won’t spoil too much for you, but this books talks about what it means to let childhood go and still be yourself. It also shows you that no matter who you are, you’ll always be able to make friends even when you feel like you jut can’t. Even when you feel like the world is against you, you’ll still find someone you can relate too and truly call a friend.

            The rest of what happens in this awesome book I’ll leave for you to find out if you read it.

            I give this book a five out of five Mouse Ears. (See what I did there?)

  **I received free product to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.**

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