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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

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Review by Anniek

Cecily is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in a small town. Everybody knows everybody and it's very important to stay friendly at the small school Cecily is attending. She has been a big fan of Andrew Holiday for quite some time now and Cecily can't believe what she's hearing when she finds out that Andrew will be shooting his new video in their town. There will be open auditions and Cecily accompanies one of her friends in the hope she'll catch a glimpse of Andrew. When it turns out that they're looking for the girl next door, Cecily is being offered the opportunity to be an extra in the video. She's over the moon, but will all of her friends share the same enthusiasm?

Cecily has a boyfriend named Zach and he's her first serious love. Ever since Cecily got a part in Andrew's video he's acting strangely. Zach is hanging out with his ex-girlfriend and is not being the same sweet boyfriend he used to be. Cecily often feels insecure about herself. She thinks that she can't compete with some of the other girls when it comes to looks. Cecily isn't an outgoing person and she doesn't like big crowds, but with Andrew she instantly feels at ease. Being around a lot of people most of the time is part of Andrew's profession though. Can two people who live such different lives find common ground?

Can Dreams Come True? is a sweet love story. Cecily and her friends are normal teenagers with recognizable issues. I loved it that Cecily gets to meet the person she's crushing on. It reminded me of my own teenage years and I loved reminiscing about the artists I had a crush on. Wouldn't we all love to get the chance to meet our idols? Andrew is so kind and I loved how caring he is towards Cecily. He makes an effort to connect with her friends and that made my heart melt.

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an incredibly skilled writer and she's written another brilliant story. While I was reading Can Dreams Come True? I felt like I was an extra in the story, this is how real Cecily and her friends were for me. The story has a natural flow and this made it easy to connect with the characters. Krysten Lindsay Hager perfectly captures the essence of what it's like to be a teenager. I loved the cute and endearing romance between an ordinary girl and a famous artist. I've read several books written by Krysten Lindsay Hager and really enjoyed all of them, so I can't wait to find out what the next chapter will be for Cecily and Andrew.


If you love to read YA books about famous pop stars, finding yourself and first love, Can Dreams Come True? is a story you shouldn't miss.

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

  2. It sounds really good. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. This sounds good! Thanks for the review & giveaway!

  4. Wow, would love to read this, it looks awesome!

  5. I love your books and would love to read Can Dreams Come True?

  6. Michelle FergusonMay 2, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Looks like an interesting story, another one for my list

  7. Wow, this sounds amazing. One of my "bucket list" was to meet one of my favourite bands. I have now met some of my huge favourites. The biggest still alludes me (as they don't do the VIP meet n greet) but had amazing fun. Seeing the wonderful Daughtry and getting 2 waves (in 2 different concerts) from my favourite was amazing and getting 2 kisses from the drummer (they did have - he's sadly left) was definitely something I wouldn't have dreamt of. I had to ask my friend at the time, whether I was actually dreaming or not lol.

  8. Sounds like an interesting book.