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Book Title: Dreams of Forever|
Date of issue: December 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780553267006
The author of the book: Francine Pascal
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 495 KB
Read full description of the books Dreams of Forever:The various Caitlin trilogies (all three of them) came out in the 80's and oh my lord, does it show. I remember reading a good chunk of the nine books as a kid and then filling in the gaps when I was a little older (teenager, maybe). I decided to re-read the ones I could still find to see how they held up, especially since I don't have quite the nostalgic love for them that I do for SVH.
Eh. Dreams of Forever is the first book in the last trilogy and this arc follows Caitlin and Jed into adulthood. Well, as adult as one is at 22-24. Fresh out of college, the two move to NYC (because it's always NYC) where Caitlin is set to follow her dreams of being a writer and Jed is attending law school. Fine, sure, I'll buy Jed's career path, but since when did Caitlin want to write? I cackle at the thought that initially the series was sold as "Like Jessica Wakefield? Then you'll LOVE Caitlin Ryan!" and by the end, Caitlin is some weird Liz Wakefield/female Bruce Patman hybrid. (And no, female Bruce would not be Lila. Bruce is old money and Lila is most decidedly not.)
Anyway, SPOILER ALERT:
Jed's father dies and for some reason losing his family home, business, and y'know, only parent he's spoken to in a decade seems to throw the man for a loop. He spirals into the kind of depression where you wonder why bother striving for what you were doing before, nothing matters so you might as well live it up before you die. This doesn't sit well with Caitlin and it doesn't help that some other dude is busy falling in love with her and Jed's ticked that Caitlin can't see it.
Probably because everyone is in love with her, Jed. Why would she notice yet another fool?
Anyway, the two love birds wind up back together when Regina Ryan suffers a stroke and Caitlin finally realizes that Jed had a right to be thrown off track and Jed realizes that maybe his father's death isn't a license to party all the time.
Somewhere thrown into this mess is Jed's younger sister, Melanie, who also moves to NYC and within three seconds finds the worst boyfriend ever (because he dresses punk. We're told he's violent but never shown any instances where he's any more violent than say, Jed.) and then Caitlin's old friend Laurence Baxter appears to do a story on Caitlin (did I mention she's a model? Because of course she's a model) and he and Melanie seem intrigued by one another.
Basically, this book is the old fantasy of moving to NYC, getting discovered, but finding your voice so that you don't NEED the superficial discovery. Also, being rich enough to buy your own apartment and decorate it all at once. That's the real fantasy.
Read information about the authorFrancine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the first book ghostwriters were hired and edited by Dan Weiss' packaging company.
Ms. Pascal was married to writer John Pascal (July 8, 1932 - January 7, 1981), and her brother was Broadway lyricist Michael Stewart (August 1, 1924 – September 20, 1987).
She now divides her time between homes in New York and the south of France.
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