Read + Review — The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

cure for dreamingThe Cure for Dreaming is about Olivia Mead, a budding suffragette who lives in Oregon in 1900 with her father, an infamous dentist.  Her father hires a hypnotist, Henri Reverie, to get rid of Olivia’s rebellious thoughts.  Henri accidentally gives her the gift/curse of seeing people as they really are; Olivia sees her own father as a vicious monster.  As the story progresses, she starts to realize that the hypnotist may need help of his own, and they need to work together to solve their problems.

I really liked Olivia.  I could tell how she changed in her views and opinions throughout the book.  I was impressed by how she and Henri worked together.  However, I didn’t think the monsters and ghosts that Olivia saw were completely believable.  Maybe that could have been portrayed in a different way.

One memorable thing about the book was Olivia’s ability to change peoples’ minds about women’s suffrage.  I won’t give anything away, but she does something very brave that pays off.


Reviewed by Libby, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library
four stars

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