About Tracy Deebs
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where — and sometimes who — she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story — something with a rainbow and a prince — and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes young adult novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids to cyberArmegeddon stories and sexy contemporaries to superheroes.
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Review by Suze
Cherry is an international superstar. She's worked hard for years and now she wants a break, so she can get her independence and freedom back for a little while. That's why she goes to a regular high school as Dahlia. There nobody knows who she is and she tries to stay in the shadows to keep it that way. There's one guy who notices her though. His name is Keegan and he likes her from the start, but he doesn't know how to ask her out.
Dahlia overhears Keegan when he talks about the girl he likes. Because he's such a nice guy she wants him to be happy. She decides to help him to get his dream girl and has no idea that she's the one he's in love with. They go on a few practice dates, but Dahlia can't tell Keegan the truth about her identity. Will who Dahlia is matter in the end and will she and Keegan have a chance to get to know each other?
The Secret Life of a Dream Girl is a sweet romantic story. Dahlia and Keegan don't have simple lives. Dahlia's father is controlling and he wants her to make money. She wants to live her own life instead. While going to school and being Dahlia she finally has the chance to figure out who she really is. She's such a kindhearted girl with so many talents and she's easy to like. Keegan's dad is ill and he has a difficult time at home. I had tears in my eyes when I read about this. Keegan is a good guy. He's charming, attentive and friendly. He and Dahlia have great chemistry and it's clear from the start that they belong together.
The Secret Life of a Dream Girl is a quick and straightforward read with a lot of depth. Tracy Deebs writes about serious topics in a sensitive and understanding way. Her descriptions of emotions are clear and complete, I could feel them without any difficulties and liked that very much. Dahlia and Keegan are wonderful people and they're also really good together. Their story managed to grip me from the start. Tracy Deebs writes vividly and I loved the way she describes and understands music, which shows in the way Dahlia and Keegan communicate together. I especially enjoyed the little things, like the way they write their texts. Tracy Deebs knows how important something small can be and I loved how she uses that for her story. It's what makes her book so heartwarming and adorable. I liked The Secret Life of a Dream Girl a lot and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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