by Lucy Keating
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 12th 2016 by HarperTeen
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?
Whimsical, romantic and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel will win readers’ hearts.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Alice and Max both had very bad nightmares when they were kids that were triggered by a loss of someone close to them. Then suddenly, they start dreaming about each other—dreams that are adventures of them together. Alice thinks Max isn’t real until she moves to a new school and she sees him there. From then on, Alice starts to wonder how these dreams came about with the help of a few friends who make the story extremely enjoyable and fun.
Every night with Max, for as long as I can remember, has been a dream. Because Max is the boy of my dreams…and only my dreams. Because he doesn’t actually exist.
Alice and Max were so cute together in their dreams. In real life, they were cute too! Yes, Max was kind of a nice jerk (weird but trust me, it fits) at the beginning but when he stated his reasons, I’m pretty sure I said, “Awwww!” Their friendship/relationship was so sweet. The reader can actually feel the attraction they have towards one another but it’s very PG…actually, it’s very G so that’s why it made the story so cute. At times, the characters felt very young for their age, which would throw me off. I mean, Alice and her best friend Sophie made imaginary clones of each other so they wouldn’t miss one another when they were away. For a second, I thought I was reading a Middle Grade novel or even younger. It was cute but weird for high school girls.
The dreams were weird for me. I know they are dreams so they are supposed to be weird, which in a way made this story realistic but they were so weird! I felt like I was imagining a movie in my head. Even with the weirdness, it was very entertaining! I really liked the scientific approach this novel took concerning the brain and the dreams. I felt a bit smart while reading and then dumb in other parts but this made the validity of the dreams and the explanation more believable in the story.
At times, I didn’t feel that this story was fantasy. I had to look on Goodreads to check if it was really fantasy because the story was very close to being contemporary. I think this made me enjoy the story even more, the fact that it had such a huge realism aspect to it with a hint of fantasy.
Overall, this was a cute and unique story. I’d say it’s more for the younger audience but still very enjoyable 🙂
Dreamology for me was a pretty enjoyable read, full of witty and cute moments and an interesting take in the meaning and importance of dreams. The first thing I have to say about this book is that I agree with Gen in getting a middle grade vibe from this book. I believe that is due to the fact that some of the dreams tend to turn a little ridiculous along the way and I understand where the idea came from but at the same time I feel like these weren’t dreams of 2 high schoolers. They were cute and happy but I don’t know. I feel like there was something missing for me in that area. Another thing that I must agree with Gen is that I also loved the scientific approach this novel took around the topic of dreams. I do think that it could have been showcased a little more on the book but I won’t complain over the parts we did get.
Now my major problem with this book was the characters. Personally, I couldn’t find myself sympathizing with Alice. I didn’t like her attitude towards the situation and it led me to not really liking her as a character. I felt she was a little too immature. And then there’s Max which I’m okay with but not overly in love with. To me he felt a lot like those indecisive characters I like to call the “hot and cold ones” (Katy Perry reference right here), so yeah Max welcome to the club. He was just so indecisive and that is a little pet peeve of mine. I just can’t stand when characters say one thing and then turn around and do another—it’s just freaking annoying. Now I do have to admit that the romance was pretty cute—some moments are pretty cute and romantic. I didn’t enjoy it as much because, you know not liking the characters and all, but I can understand why people do.
Again this book was enjoyable but not completely for me. I still recommend this book, especially to younger audiences.
Are you one to have very weird dreams, enough to be made into a book or movie?
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