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Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse, by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

cmgonsalves's review

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4.0

this was very strange! I liked it a l0t! weirdly gave off subtle 'beloved' vibes, as far as someone coming back from the dead and stealing your life. the poetry was gorgeous.

blakely's review

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4.0

I loved this!!!!

slevatich's review

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4.0

very outside of my wheelhouse, glad I took the plunge

bibiik's review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

okayalej's review

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4.0

What a trip! Melissa Lozada-Oliva did something absolutely wreckless and magical with this one. She envisions a world in which she has resurrected Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Perez. It's dark, it gross, it's beautiful, it's sparkling, it's covered in pepperonis, and it's everything I probably dreamed of as a young kid. So many of Melissa's lines hit me right in the heart. A combination of poetry and prose, this book absolutely resounded deep within my innerchild. Some of the sentiments in the book felt long-winded, but never with out a punching stretch of lines that brought you to a place of thinking. Melissa's mind is incredible and I am ever grateful. This felt like some weird, f*cked up shared experience I had with someone I never met. But so was losing Selena. I didn't realize she was gone when I first sang Como La Flor in my backyard as it blasted from the boombox. My dad joked we could be related because we shared a last name. She had been dead a year then when my dad gave me my first Selena CD. I was informed too late to share in that grief. Yet, I share in it now. Thanks Melissa Lozada-Oliva. All I want to do is eat a pepperoni pizza with Selena.

gknitter's review

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dark emotional mysterious reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

whentheresteeth's review

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dark emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

I loved this book, though I knew I would. Melissa Lozada Oliva's poetry has always held a special place in my heart and this book now does too. I'll be forever grateful to her for teaching me about Selena and about girlhood and about poetry. Highly recommend!

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alexxlynette's review

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dark emotional funny mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

vdavy001's review

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dark emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

2.0

Poetry is not my thing but the idea is what made me read the book. I didn’t understand what the author was trying to convey. But it was still well crafted just not my cup of tea

deethebookgoddess's review

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challenging dark funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I just keep picking weird books man.