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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Cecily's crush, singer Andrew Holiday, will shoot his new video in Cecily's hometown. Cecily has a boyfriend, Zach, but secretly she's always loved Andrew from afar. When one of her friends asks Cecily to accompany her to her audition for Andrew's video Cecily is happy to agree. She doesn't have much acting experience, but would love to be an actress. This sounds like a great chance and she also gets to meet her idol. The directors are looking for the ideal girl next door to play one of the parts in the video and Cecily is perfect for it. It's a dream come true, but will Zach and Cecily's friends like that she's been given this chance?

Andrew's lyrics mean something to Cecily, it's like he gets her and that's exactly the way she feels when they talk as well. Cecily might have a boyfriend, but that doesn't mean she can't be friends with Andrew. However, Zach starts to behave differently from the moment she's been given the part. Will their relationship survive or will she lose her first real boyfriend? Hanging out with Andrew is something Cecily's always fantasized about, is he just as nice in reality and what will happen when they get to know each other better?

Can Dreams Come True? is a heartwarming story. Cecily deals with regular teenage problems. She's insecure about her looks, she feels she isn't beautiful enough because most of her friends are much more mature. She loves reading a good book and prefers stories over parties. She's a gentle and friendly person and doesn't always notice when someone is treating her badly. I loved how Krysten Lindsay Hager describes her world. Not all teenagers are confident and sophisticated and she perfectly captures the out of your depth feeling that often comes with it. She does this with a fantastic sense of humor and plenty of insight and empathy, which makes her story funny and feelgood, but gives it a nice layer of depth at the same time.

Krysten Lindsay Hager has written a story about a topic a lot of seventeen-year-old girls dream about, meeting their idol and being part of his video. It's a fabulous subject for a story and Krysten Lindsay Hager's execution is flawless. Can Dreams Come True? constantly made me smile and I kept having flashbacks from when I was a teenager myself, which made the story extra entertaining to read. I loved that the writing style suits Cecily's feelings so well, it gives the story a realistic feeling, which is sweet given the theme. I absolutely loved Can Dreams Come True? and highly recommend this cute, amusing and enchanting story.


If you love sweet YA about cute pop stars, friendship and being yourself you should definitely read Can Dreams Come True?, it's a fun read for both teenagers and adults.

About Krysten Lindsay Hager

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.


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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I write young adult books and I love to read. I’m also an old movie fan (I love Elizabeth Taylor movies, Rock Hudson movies, and Audrey Hepburn ones).

2) You write about very recognizable teenage issues like self-esteem, relationship problems, friendship, trust and fitting in. What’s the inspiration behind your stories about these topics?

Whenever I was going through a difficult time when I was a teen, I’d turn to books to escape and I’d often find comfort in those books especially if the characters were going through something like I was. My middle school years were difficult dealing with friends, frenemies, and cliques. I also see a lot of high school girls post about relationship issues where they see red flags, but don’t quite know how to handle it.

In my books I have my characters deal with these same situations and hope that this will show readers they aren’t alone in what they’re dealing with. I like to showcase different scenarios to show different things that might help them through that situation. I love hearing from readers who say they were helped by my books.

3) Can you describe the main characters of Can Dreams Come True? in eight words each?

Cecily: funny, real, imaginative, introverted, music fan, dreamer, authentic, overthinker

Andrew: famous, funny, dreamer, deep thinker, real, laidback, old-fashioned, sentimental

Lila: loyal, funny, strong, opinionated, trustworthy, blunt, open, sarcastic

Allie: trustworthy, down-to-earth, introvert, blunt, thoughtful, loyal, introspective, shy

Harlow: popular, fame-seeking, ambitious, self-centered, insecure, blunt, extravert, dramatic

4) Cecily has the chance to meet her huge pop star crush, something a lot of girls her age dream about, how did you get this idea and who was your pop star crush when you were Cecily’s age?

I wanted to show a different side of those books that have the girl meet the dream guy—I wanted it to deal with all the anxiety and also the funny parts and to have her wonder if the fantasy of the guy could hold up to the real person. When I was much younger, I had a huge crush on George Michael and I still liked him when I was Cecily’s age. I also had a couple crushes on some basketball players like Grant Hill, Jalen Rose, and Toni Kukoc.

5) What’s the difference between a real friend and a frenemy and what does true friendship mean to you?

A real friend wants the best for you and will be there for you in the hard times. A frenemy doesn’t enjoy seeing you succeed unless it helps them in some way and they bail if things get tough. To me a true friend is there when you’re dealing with difficult times and doesn’t run when things get uncomfortable.

6) If you could give your seventeen-year-old self some good advice, what would it be?

I would tell myself not to worry about what other people think. There were things I wanted to do and try out for, but I worried about what people would say and held myself back.

7) The main characters of your stories are sweet and fascinating regular girls, struggling with issues like popularity, being pretty enough and knowing how to behave in certain situations. What makes them so appealing to write about?

I write the characters I wish I had had as friends back then and the girls I needed in my life at the time. I think people will really like Cecily’s best friends: Lila and Allie. Allie is more down to earth and blunt, and Lila is the funny friend who will analyze the screenshots to death with you. They’re loyal, supportive, and funny.

8) You love cute clothes, makeup, notebooks, accessories, etc., where does this love come from and how do you use it for your stories?

I was really into fashion when I was in high school. I used to read Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar—all the fashions magazines really. I used to try to do my makeup like the supermodels in the magazines! I modeled a little bit, but I really didn’t find it fun, so it was more about clothes and makeup for me. My friend and I used to go to department stores when they’d have famous makeup artists visit like Bobbi Brown. Now I go shopping with my characters in mind—especially with accessories. I have bags and jewelry that I write into my stories and then share pics of on Instagram. I wrote about a bag I wanted for the Cecily book I’m working on and my husband bought it for me for Christmas!

9) If you could be part of the music video of a star you admire, whose would it be and why?

I like Ed Sheeran’s new stuff and I like Jon Connor’s music a lot. I’d love to be in a video of Jon’s. Ed’s music is catchy and I play it a lot when I’m working. I love Jon’s work and I have had to delete stuff off my ipod to make room for more of his music! He’s from Flint and that’s where I was born and I went to college there.

10) What are your plans for the future?

I’m working on the second Cecily Taylor book. I won’t give any spoilers, but she visits New York City with Andrew for a bit! There’s a lot of funny bits in it along with drama and romance!


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a Can Dreams Come True? book cover journal and signed bookmarks from Krysten Lindsay Hager.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Can Dreams Come True? sounds like a lovely story about pursuing dreams but also finding out who you truly are.

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Can Dreams Come True. I'm so thrilled you liked it.

  3. I love the character descriptions !

  4. Looks awesome! Another success from a great author!

  5. I love the title and the book immediately has my attention with it!! Sounds wonderful!

  6. Many thanks for the review and giveaway!


  8. I like the descriptions of the main characters.

  9. I love Krysten's books and I can not wait for her next release.

  10. Do you know something? When I look back and think about all the passion, angst and pressure to conform that we went through as teenagers, I'm surprised any of us made it through to adulthood!