Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Published: April 12th 2016 by HarperTeen
Length: 336 pages
Source: eARC from publisher
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.
Thank you to Harper Collins for this book in exchange for an honest review.
The first thing I want to mention about this book is the beautiful cover. The simplicity along with the beautiful font really piques my inner aspiring cover designer. (Also, the fact that the main character’s name is the same as mine made me giggle.)
One aspect that I loved about this book was the sweet interconnectedness between all the characters. Max and Alice had such a wonderful chemistry, and the friendship between Alice and Sophie was just so sweet. Additionally, I wholly enjoyed the aspect of the dreams blending together and the eventual relationship between Alice and Max. There was a whole ton of drama, which I fully enjoy in a short, sweet read like this one.
In contrast, the predicability of the book was somewhat distracting. A few examples: the girl falling for the dream-boy, the girl and the boy getting together, a death that make the story bittersweet, etc. Especially because there wasn’t really an underlying reason for the death, except to explain the estrangement between two people.
Although the plot was somewhat predictable, DREAMOLOGY was a lovely read in which Keating deeply explores the fine line between fantasy and reality and how, maybe, dreams can become reality.
Overall, I recommend this book to those looking for a sweet contemporary with a small fantasy twist.