Every Sarah Dessen Novel, Ranked
10. Dreamland (2000)
Caitlin’s perfect older sister, Cass runs away on Caitlin’s 16th birthday and leaves the family in shambles over it. Now Caitlin has to figure out what life without Cass looks like and pretty soon she meets an ~edgy~ and ~misunderstood~ guy named Rogerson. But when their relationship becomes violent, she still finds herself drawn to him and unable to leave.
Sarah Dessen does an amazing job when it comes to addressing heavy and important issues, and Dreamland is no exception. While the story is obviously sad, I think the way she portrays Caitlin while struggling through domestic violence is so raw and real.