Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler


How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 3/25/19-3/28/19

Man, I love this book. So much so that I am pretty sure I’ve read this a dozen times or so.  In an effort to not completely ruin the book, I am going to be as vague as possible because this genuinely is the cutest book in the world (not even biased) (okay, a little biased).

So this book alternates between Luke’s and Ella’s POVs. After the characters go on a pay strike, Walt Disney World hires a bunch of teenagers to fill in.  With the air of disillusionment, Luke and Ella are just trying to avoid thinking about what is going to happen as soon as they go back to their “real” lives.

Luke plays Dale, as in Chip and Dale (not Chippendale, very different thing). Luke has a 50k salary job lined up at his family’s business, but it just is not for him (if you are saying rich people problems, do remember that everyone has the right to dream their future.  Do not come at my favorite book, I will fight you). Chip is played by Cassie, a complete overachiever who is headed to Brown with a triple major (because a double major is too easy, right?), and is also Luke’s girlfriend.

Ella is trying to piece together her world after the death of her brother.  When her parents go on a missionary trip, she is forced to stay in Florida.  This job was her escape from taking care of her cousins while her aunt went to the spa and did everything but parent.  Her Prince Charming is played by Mark, a man who wants so badly to be her Prince Charming (hehe… books about Disney characters are fun), and also a totally Disney nerd.

When there are a lot of complaints about the characters not knowing what is up at the parks, management orders a scavenger hunt with about 700 items on the list.  If your team can take a picture of all of the items with both members in the picture, then you get 2 days off and a free stay in any of the hotels.  Because she is a total overachiever, Cassie chooses to work with Mark, leaving Ella and Luke together.

Now, I am pretty sure you can figure it out based on all this, but there is so much more that I haven’t said, and I truly truly truly want you to read this book.  It just makes my heart happy.  I am pretty sure I bought this book from Borders (yep, I’m that old. Look it up kids), and I have read it whenever I need to just destress.  While a lot of the books I have posted on this blog are of a higher quality writing-wise, this book is just incredibly cute and fun and I thought the review would be good, sue me.  I don’t want to lose myself in the process of reading ALL THE TIME, and so I figured I would talk about a book that I feel embodies me so much, purely by the memories I have made while reading it. (P.S. I have highlighted this book to high heaven, so yea, it not only is cute, but it teaches a lesson).

I’m not going to give it a star rating (cough cough 6 out of 5), but I do absolutely 1000% recommend you read it. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, or have a book you recommend to read when stressed, let me know in the comments.  Also feel free to e-mail me if you would like to talk to me privately at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all at the next book!

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