Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo
Darcy’s life was never exactly simple, but it was about to become a lot more complicated.
Recovering from a distressing illness in her parents’ cabin surrounded by looming pine trees, Darcy spends most of her days alone, warming herself by the log fire. That is, until she ventures into the woods hours before a heavy snowstorm, and finds herself face-to-face with a grizzly bear. Their encounter takes a surprising turn when it flourishes into a warm and caring companionship.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the snowy Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Mimi Thebo’s poetic tale inspires compassion and friendship, sensitively focusing on how the seemingly impossible can become the achievable.
VERDICT – 5/5 stars – I loved it !
This was a library impulse borrow mainly because I liked the cover….I know I know but what can I say, the blue and the bear caught my eye. Technically a 9+ book, I actually think the themes are pretty complicated for children so I’d say this is an 11+ book in my opinion. However, as an adult I took a lot from it.
Utterly compelling it is beautifully written and you get a real sense of the complex emotions experienced by a teenage girl; sometimes overly simple, sometimes extremely complex the book addresses teenage petulance, the family dichotomy and relationships in an open and honest way you cannot help but relate to. Darcy’s connection to the bear is beautiful as it is a relationship that they both need at that time and it is written with a style that leaves the reader hungry for more. However, this connection in itself brings with it issues and I love that the book does not shy away from the impact forming this kind of relationship with a bear can have.
A complete page turner I read this in a single sitting as I just could not put it down and before I knew it ‘one more chapter’ turned into the entire book. Would definitely recommend.