How far would you go to reach your dreams? What would you give up? Who would you give up? In Lilliam Rivera’s newest book, Dealing in Dreams, we find out what one young woman would risk to get what she wants.
Nalah aka Chief Rocka is the leader of the Las Mal Criadas, one of the all-girl crews in Mega City. Her crew is tough and has the chance to live in the opulent Mega Towers, a place where only the best and invited are allowed to live. Chief Rocka and her crew are so close to becoming residents, but they have one more thing to do: find the Ashé Ryders, a crew believed to be a myth. Or are they?
I have said this many times and it continues to be true: young adult books are giving adult books a run for their money for so many reasons. For one, they are way more diverse than adult fiction books. In Ms. Rivera’s novel, most, if not all, of the characters are Latinx, which is refreshing. I love when books contain characters who look like the real world. It makes the story more relatable. But that’s not the only reason I like this book. The author wrote a story where the girls run everything. Girls and women run the crews, the businesses and the city. The men show respect and are basically eye-candy, working in the “boydegas,”for the crews’ enjoyment. But this isn’t a man-hater novel. Ms. Rivera wrote a book about what it means when power is held by a few. Do you fall in line or do you take a stand?
Dealing in Dreams is a take on what it means to truly live freely and what it takes to make a home. It gets a little preachy at times, but not so much that it’s a turn off. I’m hoping that there will be a sequel to this story, as I’m eager to know what happens with Nalah and her girls.
Dealing in Dreams is available now. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or library. I highly recommend it.