Talking Books | Sprint Dreams by Faith Dismuke

Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Published: June 2, 2020
Self Published
Series: NA
Format: ARC (Paperback)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Available: Amazon
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Mekada Delane is a first year college athlete is looking to get the student debt her mother is steadily falling under some help. When the school of her choice doesn't give her the scholarship she feels like she worked so hard for, she drops out and transfers to a out-of-state school that offers her a full-ride.  But that full-ride comes with a weight that Mekada isn't prepared for.   

I feel like Sprint Dreams the plot of this story got swept away with too many unresolved issues that were going on within the book itself. What was the purpose of Sprint Dreams? Initially going into this story, I thought we were going to get a story about a young college student navigating her way through athletic academia while exploring her sexuality. Although the book starts off pretty strong, it often times loses its purposes the further the reader goes into the story.

Don't get me wrong, there are good points in this story. The focus on the abuse and misuse college athletes go through was stellar. But what is its purpose? What story is the author attempting to tell here? The plot of Sprint Dreams imo gets lost in unexplained and unresolved side plots. The powerful points Ms. Dismuke seemed to want to take on are often times lost in translation. the end of it all, I do think Sprint Dreams is a gem of a story and can be used as a cautionary tale for young college students. 

TW: sexual abuse, rape and abortion.

Three 1/2 star rating on Goodreads

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