Dreams of Significant Girls manages to touch on all the "issues" of issue books - depression, divorce, sexual assault, slut-shaming, statutory rape, absent parents, suicide, abortion, homosexuality, revolution, war, genocide, you name it! - without actually saying much about any of those experiences. To do this, Garcia uses three rich girls, one American (of Cuban and Jewish descent), one Canadian (of German descent) and one Iranian Princess. Vivien, Ingrid, and Shirin are thrown together as roommates for a summer at a posh Swiss boarding school (and then for two more summers to follow). Set in the early 1970s, before the Iranian Revolution but after the Cuban one and close enough to WWII to incorporate Nazi Germany as well, this book attempts to cover all the bases in just 238 pages. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work out. The characters never grow beyond whatever problem they are having at the time and end up being rather one dimensional and, honestly, boring.