Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl
9.02 Dream On
Written by Krystal

Ethan woke to the yelling of Amma telling him to get up for school. He had the dream again; the dream where he was falling and a girl was calling his name for help. The one where he’d stretched out his arms to catch her, but all he caught was air and then they touched fingertips and green spark flew in the darkness only to have her slip through his fingers. He could smell the lemons and rosemary of her body, but he couldn’t catch her, and worse, he couldn’t live without her.

He had been having this dream for months now and part of him loved this girl, the girl he didn’t know. It made no sense though. In all these months of dreaming he had never once seen her face, but somehow he knew he couldn’t lose her.

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Memorable Quotes:

Ethan: And I couldn’t live without her. (Page 4)

iPod: Sixteen moons, sixteen years
Sixteen of your deepest fears
Sixteen time you dreamed my tears
Falling, falling through the years…

Ethan: So that was my secret, all there was to tell. I was sixteen years old, I was falling in love with a girl who didn’t exist and I was slowly losing my mind. (Page 7)

Amma: “Well, don’t think you’re goin’ out in this weather with wet hair. I don’t like how this storm feels. Like somethin’ bad’s been kicked up into the wind, and there’s no stoppin’ a day like that. It has a will a its own. (Page 8)

Ethan: “I think it needs work. Like all your other songs.” It was the same thing I said every day, more or less.
Link: “Yeah, well, your face will need some work after I give you a good beatin’.” It was the same thing he said every day, more or less. (Page 11)

Questions for discussion:

What do you think about Ethan’s dream? Is it scary or is it just fascinating? Who do you think the girl is?

What do you think the song Sixteen Moons means metaphorically?

The South seems to have a lot of superstitions like Amma’s dark and Ethan’s ‘omen’. Do you think that the setting, the South, has a lot to do with this?

Did you notice something in this chapter you’d like to discuss with the book club?

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