The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming

Book - 2014
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In Portland, Oregon, in 1900, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie, who's paid by her father to make her more docile and womanly but who, instead, gives her the ability to see people's true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781419712166
Branch Call Number: FICTION Win
Description: 352 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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It's 1900, and what's a single father to do with a rebellious daughter? Why mesmerize her, of course. Also available to download on audio.

Olivia is a very opinionated young woman--too opinionated if you ask her father. So he hires a hypnotist to banish those dangerous ideas from her mind, but instead Olivia sees the world how it truly is... and the monsters she is around every day. Can Olivia banish the monsters and show the peopl... Read More »

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ArapahoeMarie Aug 19, 2016

I loved the quotes and old photographs scattered throughout the story. This story really puts in perspective how far women's rights have come this last century.

Aug 19, 2015

A cute story, though very predictable. They tell you their plans for the ending as they're going, and that's just what they do. The conflict itself seemed kind of forced to me, and I think it would have been a more interesting story from the point of view of the anti-suffragist women. Also, did this story remind anybody else of the movie Shallow Hal? Haha.

PimaLib_MegginK Aug 15, 2015

Wanted: Hypnotist to rid daughter of chutzpah!

Yep, Olivia Mead’s father has a plan. Horrified that Olivia acts, thinks and dreams in such an unwomanly manner—she wants to vote, go to college and work as a journalist—he enlists dashing hypnotist extraordinaire Henri Reverie to save her. Henri is hired to alter Olivia’s mind! But things get complicated when Henri actually meets Olivia and he must decide if he should alter her mind…or the plan.
Set in 1900, this is an interesting, fun piece of historical fiction. An eye-opening read about the unjust treatment of women.

PrimaGigi Jul 19, 2015

I gave this book three stars and said it was worth reading. It's worth reading for the lack of love triangle and forced romance.It's refreshing that the romance doesn't take over, that Olivia tells Henry she needs to take her of herself first. Her dialogue and the complete lack of history is why I gave them three stars. In the times of the vote women had a lot worse treatment then a hypnotist opening they're eyes. Which I wish had been touched upon. Suffragists were arrested for "prostitution", force-fed, beaten. HBO had a mini series called Iron-Jawed Angels who gives a better, less fanatical account of what our foremothers went through to gain us the vote.

multcolib_susannel Mar 05, 2015

When Olivia is hypnotized by the dashing Henri Reverie, she sees the world as it really is. But can she do anything about it? How can she speak up if all she can say is "All is Well'?
Takes place in Portland ,Oregon in the early 1900's.

Cynthia_N Feb 23, 2015

Such an interesting read. Olivia's father decides to have her hypnotized and have all her non-womanly thoughts and ideas suppressed. Lots about the women's suffrage movement and I loved the photos that were used. This book makes you think about something we take for granted.

Jan 04, 2015

I enjoyed this novel about a young woman growing up during the women's suffrage movement. Olivia's mother left the confines of marriage with Olivia's father early on, and with good reason. Olivia's father is a dentist with a social climbing aspirations for his daughter. He is also a rabid suffrage opponent. With his daughter growing up and thinking for herself (oh my), he tries to mold her to his ideal and dissuade her from turning out like her mother. There's a hypnotist with a secret, a doltish and brutish judge's son, plenty of caricatures of the time, and Franny's family--my favorite (they own a bookshop:)).

Oct 23, 2014

In A Shadow Blackbirds is one of the best books ever, can't wait for this one!


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