Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling
Claire Voyante has been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead.But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain.
It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer.
And a whole lot more dangerous.
Claire Voyante lives up to her name but instead of having visions of anything important she just sees flashes that lead nowhere. However, this all changes when her grandmother Kiki, a former dancer turned socialite, give her a cameo necklace that enhances her power. Claire is also starting a new school where she only knows one person, Shelia her former best friend, and is having a hard time making friends. Enter Becca Shuffleworth, who also transferred in but can they truly be friends when Becca keeps so many secrets? When Claire starts dreaming that Becca is in danger she sets out to solve the clues and find a way to keep her friend safe.
This book was a great read and I am about to order the sequel. The main character, Claire, has a passion for vintage clothing that she receives from her grandmother Kiki and loves the beautiful cameo bestowed upon her for her birthday. Her love of these clothes shines through and you can tell that Lauren Mechling either loves old clothing or did some research. She describes in detail what new/old clothing Kiki is passing down to Claire. Kiki is a hoot and her socialite friends are very memorable. You can feel how much Kiki and Claire care about each other and although Kiki’s relationship is stained with her daughter she does not let that get I the way of her seeing her grandchild.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery because the supernatural element does not take over the plot. It would be a great introduction those who like chick-lit but are not sure about the fantasy element.