Booked In With Jess: 9

Christmas. Time off from university and work, meaning even more time to immerse yourself in a good book. If you’re looking for something Christmas-themed to get you in the festive spirit then I have just the recommendation.

Flashback to summer when I was lucky enough to be soaking up the sun in Greece with Giovanna Fletcher’s Dream A Little Dream which I absolutely loved. They say you can’t put a good book down and, honestly, I started reading and didn’t stop until I’d turned the final page. Then I felt completely lost, like when you finish binge-watching a TV show on Netflix. What are you supposed to do after? I sat and thought about the story for a while, realising how the characters had become so important to me in such a short space of time.

Having just submitted my final essay of the term, it was sheer bliss to get hold of the seasonal novella Dream A Little Christmas Dream and throw myself back into Sarah’s world. As you have probably guessed from the title, it was Sarah’s world at Christmas time – I don’t think it could get much better than that.

Sarah has crazy dreams – I mean, really crazy. Dermot O’Leary fans look out for his cameo. When her dreams take an even more bizarre turn, a recurring theme forms, hinting at the plot but never quite clearly enough for you to unravel it ahead of Sarah. Trying to figure out what her dreams mean is a really gripping element to the story.

Dream A Little Christmas Dream picks up with Brett and Sarah as well as all their friends. Josh, Carly, Dan, Lexie, Natalia and Alastair are experiencing great success and happiness and, naturally, Sarah envies them. It seems as though she’s always last to get what she wants. In fact, in this story Sarah believes her life is about to fall apart because her boyfriend Brett has been acting weird, hiding phone calls and cancelling plans last minute. Strangely enough, he didn’t come back to hers on the night of his work Christmas party…

With some truly hilarious encounters – including walking in on an almost naked housemate on the toilet – and chapters encompassing everything from true friendship to common paranoia, Dream A Little Christmas Dream is packed full of wonderfulness (that’s the official technical term).

Fletcher has a knack for capturing real personalities and embodying them in her characters. Sarah is so brilliantly flawed, so easy to relate to. The voice in her head swears, rants and overthinks just like anyone’s. After getting such an insight into her brain it’s hard to remember that she’s fictional.

If only Fletcher had magical typing powers and could churn out books as fast as I read them.

Jessikah Hope Stenson

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