Book Reviews of Dream Factory

Dream Factory
Dream Factory
Author: Brad Barkley, Heather Hepler
ISBN-13: 9780525478027
ISBN-10: 0525478027
Publication Date: 5/17/2007
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is for your more mature and/or older teenagers. It does deal with a lot of sexual situations (second base..a "special night" in a hotel room that they keep mentioning..you don't have think too hard to guess what that special night means, a girl in the nude in her character costume etc etc) there is also underage drinking in this book along with mentions of drug use.

So now that we're past the warning..the review:

A good story line all in all. I wish it dealt a little bit more with Disney and the park instead of two people trying to figure out what's right for them and what isn't. But it is interesting how it "rewrites" what Disney has already written. It proves that nothing can be set in stone (you'll get this little hint if you read to the end of the book)

A cute read though again, I was surprised that Disney let them include all of the above content in the book. I was surprised to even find that content in the book!
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

Living so close to Disney, I had always wondered what would happen if the characters went on strike. Would the park close down or would the powers-that-be make it look like Disney was the still the "happiest place on earth?" I think it would be kind of fun to step into the role of a Disney character for just a little while. Brad Barkley and Heather Kepler tell a pretty good tale about a group of young adults who are hired to be "scabs" when the regular characters go on strike with DREAM FACTORY.

Costumes hide so much more than your face. Easily they can hide emotions you feel. The story centers around two of the cast mates - Ella and Luke. The book is told in alternating viewpoints of the two characters. Disney fans and fans of romance books will enjoy reading this one. I know I did.

Ella is a high school graduate biding her time until college starts in the fall. At the moment she is kind of lost, adrift in the world, bottling the sadness deep inside of her. Her brother died in a car accident and she is having trouble dealing with it. Her parents don't deal with the situation at all, instead running off to work in Africa on some missionary work. So now she is working at Disney as Cinderella's replacement. Ella is nothing like Cinderella and, truth be told, she just got the job because she was the right size. As she says, although it is a plum role, all the cheerful friendliness is starting to take its toll on her.

The guy that is Dale's replacement is a hottie -- but you would never know it because he is inside a hairy, smelly costume all day not saying a word, just waving to visitors both old and young. If you take a superficial look at Luke's life, you might be envious because it seems that he has everything, including a gorgeous girlfriend. But, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. Luke doesn't need this job - he has a job all set up for the taking in the family business. The problem is that he doesn't work want to work for his dad and this Disney gig is good delay tactic.

All the characters are made to participate in a scavenger hunt on Disney grounds. The people in charge thought it would be a great team-building, moral-boosting activity. Luke is paired up with Ella when his girlfriend, Cassie, bails on him to team up with the Disney know-it-all, Mark. Cassie wins, but at the same time she loses, as Luke and Ella discover the magic of Disney as well as the undeniable attraction between themselves .

Every story about Cinderella and Prince Charming has them living together happily ever after. Should Ella give a it go with Mark, a Disney fanatic, a really nice guy who plays the Prince to her Cinderella, or will this book rewrite history? Can you picture Cinderella ending up with someone other than Prince Charming? Can dreams really come true? Read DREAM FACTORY to find out for sure.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought this book was really cute. I felt as though the characters were very similar to Cal and Eliot from Barkley & Hepler's book "Scrambled Eggs at Midnight," but the setting was a lot more fun. I didn't think the story was really that well developed, but the hilarity that ensues from everything that happens at the Magic Kingdom really drew me in, and there are several really cute scenes. A quick read, but one that's worthwhile
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Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

Living so close to Disney, I had always wondered what would happen if the characters went on strike. Would the park close down or would the powers-that-be make it look like Disney was the still the "happiest place on earth?" I think it would be kind of fun to step into the role of a Disney character for just a little while. Brad Barkley and Heather Kepler tell a pretty good tale about a group of young adults who are hired to be "scabs" when the regular characters go on strike with DREAM FACTORY.

Costumes hide so much more than your face. Easily they can hide emotions you feel. The story centers around two of the cast mates - Ella and Luke. The book is told in alternating viewpoints of the two characters. Disney fans and fans of romance books will enjoy reading this one. I know I did.

Ella is a high school graduate biding her time until college starts in the fall. At the moment she is kind of lost, adrift in the world, bottling the sadness deep inside of her. Her brother died in a car accident and she is having trouble dealing with it. Her parents don't deal with the situation at all, instead running off to work in Africa on some missionary work. So now she is working at Disney as Cinderella's replacement. Ella is nothing like Cinderella and, truth be told, she just got the job because she was the right size. As she says, although it is a plum role, all the cheerful friendliness is starting to take its toll on her.

The guy that is Dale's replacement is a hottie -- but you would never know it because he is inside a hairy, smelly costume all day not saying a word, just waving to visitors both old and young. If you take a superficial look at Luke's life, you might be envious because it seems that he has everything, including a gorgeous girlfriend. But, as we all know, looks can be deceiving. Luke doesn't need this job - he has a job all set up for the taking in the family business. The problem is that he doesn't work want to work for his dad and this Disney gig is good delay tactic.

All the characters are made to participate in a scavenger hunt on Disney grounds. The people in charge thought it would be a great team-building, moral-boosting activity. Luke is paired up with Ella when his girlfriend, Cassie, bails on him to team up with the Disney know-it-all, Mark. Cassie wins, but at the same time she loses, as Luke and Ella discover the magic of Disney as well as the undeniable attraction between themselves .

Every story about Cinderella and Prince Charming has them living together happily ever after. Should Ella give a it go with Mark, a Disney fanatic, a really nice guy who plays the Prince to her Cinderella, or will this book rewrite history? Can you picture Cinderella ending up with someone other than Prince Charming? Can dreams really come true? Read DREAM FACTORY to find out for sure.
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This is more for young adults, but I really enjoyed it! It's cute and romantic.