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The Dream Where the Losers Go [Paperback]

Beth Goobie

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Book Description

March 1 2006
No one knows why she hurt herself, least of all Skey. After five long months in treatment for self-destructive behavior, Skey continues to dream of dark tunnels with mysterious designs carved into their stone walls, a place where she is safe and alone. Then she encounters another dreamer, a boy her own age, dreaming the same dream, wandering the same tunnels. A boy with secrets much like her own.
   While trying desperately to remember what happened that sent her away and who the boy is that she met in the dream tunnels, Skey's life plummets farther out of control. When she realizes her friends do not have her best interests at heart and they may be the reason she is lost, Skey must face her fears and the truth of the dream tunnels, and find her way back to solid reality.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551434555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551434551
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 12.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,384,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–A richly layered novel that contains elements of both fantasy and hard-edge realism. At night, 16-year-old Skey dreams of dark tunnels. During the day, she is usually aware of her surroundings, a facility for troubled teens where she has lived since a suicide attempt. But even awake, she can slip into the comforting tunnels that keep her mind safe and where she encounters a wandering boy much like herself. Because her recovery seems to be going so well, Skey begins to attend school during the day. There she hesitantly rejoins her gang of old friends, led by her boyfriend, Jigger. The teens are alluring and dangerous and seem to hold the key to the trauma that pushed Skey over the edge. The deep bonding of a first sexual relationship is exquisitely portrayed, even as Jigger's controlling behavior escalates toward violence. Readers will be held breathless as Skey begins to discover the truth about the gang and its terrible hold over her. Her journey is partly in the real world and partly through the tunnels, the dreams where losers go to find what they have lost. Through her growing friendship with the wandering boy, and the damaged classmate he so closely resembles, Skey ultimately summons the courage to save herself and her new friend. This portrayal of the inner lives of trauma survivors is accurate, respectful, and hopeful. A wise and compelling book that addresses the traumas of sexual assault and emotional betrayal.–Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
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"A richly layered novel that contains elements of both fantasy and hard-edge realism...A wise and compelling book that addresses the traumas of sexual assault and emotional betrayal." (School Library Journal 2006-10-01)

"Goobie's writing is deft and evocative…Will resonate deeply with readers." (VOYA 2006-10-01)

"[A] frightening story of the power of peer pressure...Goobie's polished prose effectively weaves the dream sequences into this story." (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 2005-05-05)

"Goobie has great skill at creating imperfect characters readers can relate to." (Alan Review 2006-11-01)

"Wow! Wow! Wow! Beth Goobie has written an amazingly hard hitting story that will shake you to your core...A future award winner and a gripping read." (Resource Links 2006-04-01)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 29 2013
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Skey is on a path of self destructive behavior landed her in a psychiatric ward and cant figure out why with a block in her mind. Her escape is a dream of dark tunnels is where she loves to go for solitude, but finds that she isn't alone and that there is another with secrets like her own. When she is allowed to go to school again and returns to her own gang of friends and back to her boyfriend. After spending time with them she notices violent and strange behavior from her friends and boyfriend and retreats back to her dream tunnel. The more she spends with her boyfriend and friends she more her memory unravels and finds the reason for her memory block.

In the book the beginning seems to drag with dream sequence. When I first read this book, I had a hard time trying to get into the book because of it. No matter how boring the first sequence is get through it because it gets better. I came to realize they were Skey's way of trying to understand the real world and her past memories. This is the most real book I've read can be very relatable to the readers.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream where losers go July 10 2006
By Beautiful - Published on Amazon.com
Skey's suicide attempt lands her in a mental institution. While she dreams she finds herself in a dark tunnel with carvings on the wall. She meets a boy in this "dream" and begins telling him stories of the carvings. In the real world she enters her school again and her boyfriend trigger (a gang member of the Dragons) is pressuring her for sex. Soon she begins to remember the gang rape that happened to her.

I've been waiting since february for this book and I have to tell you this is the first time the book has been worth the wait. It's the best book I've read in a long time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!! Nov. 7 2011
By Mona lisa Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
You need to read this book. This book is so deep and touching, and holds many life lessons. Sometimes it feels as if you are her and are going through all her pain. I cried tears of anger, sadness, and joy. You'll regret not reading it!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams, secrets, and abuse June 22 2012
By Heidi G - Published on Amazon.com
Skey is living at a treatment facility after a suicide attempt, the cause of which is not revealed until the end of the book. She has dreams of being in tunnels and following a boy who seems to be harboring as much ain as she is. Once she is allowed to attend school, Skey falls back in with her boyfriend, Jigger, who leads a gang. Skey is paired for a school project with a boy named Lick; Jigger's jealousy results in Lick being badly beaten.

The book starts slowly with the dream sequences lastly much too long, in my opinion. However, the dreams are a central part of the story and help to weave reality and another world in both Skey and Lick's minds. The story is at times frightening, often depressing, and occasionally hopeful. Sex is not graphically written about but it is obvious it is taking place. Drugs and alcohol are evident. Mature readers will appreciate the sensitivity with which the story was written. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for this review copy.

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