Can Dreams Come True? (Book One of the Cecily Taylor Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager Contemporary YA fiction
Blurb: Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star? Order the book now:
"Andrew Holiday is sure to give readers of all ages their own fangirl meets Harry Styles moment. One won’t be able to resist rooting for this old-soul, popstar in the flesh. Cecily is no exception. The music Andrew creates puts words to feelings she struggles to express, as if he has a bird’s eye view to her soul.
Fans of Young Adult books will love reading about what most teenage girls only get to dream about. The author weaves the phases of Cecily’s teenage life using a delightful tangle of adolescent drama, humor, and insecurity all the way through to dreams come true. The young adults and characters are unique and memorable creating a world that readers can enjoy living in and reminiscing in. Readers may also appreciate a small peek into the workings of the entertainment industry along with Cecily and her friends. The love triangle tugs heartstrings in both directions until a happy ever after for now leaves readers satisfied and excited to see what comes next in The Cecily Taylor Series."-InD'tale Magazine
"Can Dreams Come True? by Krysten Lindsay Hager is a teenage novel that covers all the issues faced by today's adolescents. I loved the way the author has created such a strong and unique character in Cecily. She shows a mature attitude which is rare in this genre of novel. Her feelings of low self-esteem and the development of the relationship with Andrew are real and heart-warming. There are some hysterically funny moments in the story too. The other characters are also believable, and the way young girls interact and speak to each other is very realistic. The plot moves forward constantly with conflict perfectly placed to keep you engaged. The reality of how rumours and jealousy can cause damage to a person is effectively shown within the story. A wonderful and captivating teenage love story.”—Readers’ Favorite
"Most teenage girls I know of develop a crush on a pop star or two. This book is perfect in bringing to fruition the imagination of millions. The book was really well done." -Writing Pearls
"I just loved the story and the love that built between Andrew and Cecily. I was hooked to the book from the start to the end." -Hasanthi's Book Blog – totalbooklover
"I love this book because, it is so well written that you feel all of the deep emotions Cecily experiences in wanting to be understood and accepted for who she is, and her deep connection to her crush through his music. His music expresses clearly how she feels; her loneliness, sadness of being rejected, and it draws her to him. As a teenager, music touched my soul to the core, and I felt so connected to the musician. Krysten captures this exact feeling beautifully and to perfection . If you love music, and have experienced the joy of being connected to your favorite artist THIS is the book for you! If you have been that teenager longing for that need to be understood you too will find this book captivating. It's exquisitely written, lovable lead characters and an easy fun read!" --Amazon review
"Krysten Lindsay Hager has created a fun and lighthearted coming of age story that both teens and adults can appreciate. Cecily is an average girl that most listeners will be able to relate to, and Andrew is a dream come true. Watching them grow together is part of the joy of the story, especially at the end when both discover who they truly are. Zach, the boyfriend, is a little too easy to hate, and many of the frenemies are a little stereotypical. That being said, the way they are used to illustrate Cecily’s journey is still impactful. “Can Dreams Really Come True?” is a wonderful novel for those who love cute, adorable romances. With elements of romantic comedy and teen drama, it’s a well-balanced story that will leave listeners feeling good throughout!" Chelsea Andersen www.indtale.com/reviews/audiobooks/can-dreams-come-true-cecily-taylor-series-book-1
I love this book because, it is so well written that you feel all of the deep emotions Cecily experiences in wanting to be understood and accepted for who she is, and her deep connection to her crush through his music. His music expresses clearly how she feels; her loneliness, sadness of being rejected, and it draws her to him. As a teenager, music touched my soul to the core, and I felt so connected to the musician. Krysten captures this exact feeling beautifully and to perfection . If you love music, and have experienced the joy of being connected to your favorite artist THIS is the book for you! If you have been that teenager longing for that need to be understood you too will find this book captivating. It's exquisitely written, lovable lead characters and an easy fun read!
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Can Dreams Come True
1. Blue Arbor is a lake town I made up. Since I have a series set in Grand Haven, Michigan where they also visit Saugatuck, I wanted to create a separate town from those, too. I imagine Blue Arbor as a mix of Holland, Michigan and Spring Lake.
2. I watched (and read) a ton of music bios and documentaries while working on this story. Everyone from Ed Sheeran to Elvis, Marvin Gaye, Ariana Grande, George Michael, and many more. It helped me see what that celebrity lifestyle was like with all the pressures.
3. While I was working on the book, my music crush since I was a kid (George Michael) died. I stopped writing for a bit because he had inspired me a lot to write this. His music kept me going though.
4. I was very close to my aunt, so I wrote an aunt character for Cecily to confide in.
5. I visited two piers while working on this story for the music video shoot scene. One was in Holland, Michigan, and the other was in Grand Haven. Going to places in person and walking the path my characters take helps me set my scenes better.
6. I have had some interesting comments about the Zach character from readers. A lot of mixed feelings there about him because apparently a lot of people know someone like him. I had a male tell me he saw himself in Zach a bit more than he was comfortable with!
7. Cecily feels uncomfortable after her guidance counselor doesn’t seem to think much of her extracurricular activities. I wrote in an assistant principal character who gets Cecily’s love of reading to show that everyone has their unique strengths.
8. Mr. Warwick is loosely based on my father. He loved reading and took an interest in helping his students. I remember him telling me he knew a little girl who loved reading, but she didn’t have books to read at home, so he brought some of his old Hardy Boy books to her classroom.
9. F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite writers, so I had Cecily start reading him after her assistant principal suggested him to her and found a documentary on him to watch.
10. The documentary Andrew and Cecily both like is Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan. I found it at the library and really got into it. I checked it out so many times that I finally just tracked down a copy of my own.