Fate has brought Jude, an Australian hunk, right to Alyssa’s door–or rather, couch. In this hilarious tale of long–distance dorm room swaps, Alyssa’s boyfriend, Rick, and Jude, his pal from Australia, have exchanged places for the winter break. As Alyssa teaches Jude how to deal with the wintry weather, she just might find herself a new snuggling partner.
Title: Suite Dreams
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I have so much to say for a surprisingly short book. This book had some enjoyable moments, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite of the Hawthorne books I’ve read.
Jude was nice and thoughtful and so, so sweet, but also, a little too perfect? Like, the whole book, he just did wonderful things and never messed up. Don’t get me wrong. I love that he was so wonderful, but he seemed less human this way. I just needed him to make ooooone little mistake. Just one.
As well, there was some insta-love going on here which I wasn’t thrilled about. I’m not a fan of insta-love and this book was the epitome of it. Everything just moved so quickly in their relationship. I had hoped the conflict would make it feel more real, but even the conflict wasn’t great. It felt like the author was really reaching, trying to fit some kind of conflict in there. It didn’t feel super thought out. Maybe if the book had been a little longer, there would have been time to cultivate Jude and Alyssa’s relationship, as well as, the conflict of the book. idk.
Lastly, what was the point of Stephanie’s character? Stephanie was Alyssa’s roommate that was staying there over break, as well. But, I couldn’t figure out why she was included in the story. Towards the middle of the book it seemed like she was going to be apart of the end conflict, but then she just…disappeared. I’m just really confused about her.
Despite all of these things, I somewhat enjoyed reading this book. There was some romantic charm and cliche bits, which I always love. Many things could have been improved, but I still enjoyed this book for the most part.
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I'm All Booked Up YA says
We love the premise, but sorry it didn’t quite live up to expectations.
The Book View says
Not all books can live up to my (admittedly) high expectations, but I love Rachel Hawthorne’s books so I’ll still be reading more by her.