Book Review: Suite Dreams by Rachel Hawthorne

Book Review: Suite Dreams by Rachel Hawthorne

Suite Dreams by Rachel Hawthorne is a story about a couch swap gone slightly awry. The book is filled with winter fun, and both the main characters are likeable. This is a cute and wintry read that will leave the reader with warm feelings.

Book Review: Suite Dreams by Rachel HawthorneTitle: Suite Dreams
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: December 23, 2008

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

A wintry romance from beach-read favorite Rachel Hawthorne, the author of Love on the Lifts and Snowed In that is perfect to curl up with on a cold night. Great for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Barnholdt and Susane Colasanti.

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.

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Review: Suite Dreams by Rachel Hawthorne

After her boyfriend suggests they take a break and signs up for a couch swap in Australia without telling anyone, Alyssa is stuck making room for a stranger in her own dorm over winter break. She slowly introduces Jude to winter in Vermont and, after some time, the two start to fall in love. I loved reading about all the winter activities Alyssa shows Jude such as skiing and snowball fights. The plot is admittedly overly cheesy, but for what it is, the book is still enjoyable.

❀ Enjoyable Main Character

I enjoyed Alyssa as a main character, and she is so generous. She goes as far as offering her own couch to a stranger when Rick’s original plan falls through and makes sure Jude has a great experience in America. She is also very studious, taking extra courses over the break. I liked how smart Alyssa is for still keeping up with school despite being presented with distractions and how she thinks things through before starting something that she isn’t sure will last. Jude is also a sweet character, but he is a little too perfect to be believable.

❀ Great Winter Read

Suite Dreams is a quick read about a couch swap mishap over winter break. I enjoyed reading about the main characters’ winter fun, and both of them are considerate. While this may not be the most realistic story, it is still great to curl up with on a winter day.

About Rachel Hawthorne

Rachel Hawthorne

Rachel Hawthorne is the author of many books for teens, including Caribbean Cruising, Island Girls (and Boys), Love on the Lifts, The Boyfriend League, and Snowed In. She lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband and two dogs.

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