Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dreamology by Lucy Keating | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+ 

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: The boy of her dreams just might be real in this debut novel with the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han's books. Whimsical, romantic, and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s novel will win readers’ hearts and is perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything.

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. But Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Until the morning she finds him sitting next to her in class, very much alive. 
As Alice and Max get to know each other all over again, Alice learns that real-Max is nothing like dream-Max. He’s complicated and stubborn and has a whole life Alice isn’t part of. 
When their dream life starts interfering with their waking one, Alice and Max have to find a way to make the dreaming stop. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Cover: The cover of this book shows a girl sleeping while the back cover actually has a similar image but with open eyes.  I think this is very representative of the story and how Alice has to let go of her dream world and come into the real one.  This cover also uses pinks and blues and yellows instead of realistic colors to add to the dream world aspect.

My Review: This book is one that I want to describe as whimsical even though I'm not 100% sure that's the right word to use.  The brain is such a complex thing as are dreams so to have a pair of 16-year-olds trying to figure what is happening between them gives this book an edge to it that I really enjoyed.  I mean, being a sophomore in high school is hard enough socially, but when the person you dream about appears in your psychology class the year immediately becomes a little bit more confusing.  Both Max and Alice love dreaming about each other and going on adventures, but they approach their time awake differently.  Max does well in school, has lots of friends, plays sports, and is always prepared for everything while Alice spent most of her time awake wishing she could go back to sleep.  When they discover they have to make, the dreams stop Max knows everything is going to be okay but Alice, who had already felt desertion once before, doesn't know how to handle losing the dreams.  The two go from each others comfort blankets to classmates to strangers in the hallway who have to decide if losing the real version is okay once they have already lost the dream version.  

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