Genre: YA, Fantasy, Contemporary Publication Date: April 12, 2016 Pages: 336 Published By: Harper Teen Series Standalone Review copy: e-ARC 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?
Don't be creepy don't be creepy don't be creepy, I repeat to myself as I make what feels like an epic journey across the well-manicured lawn. I have a million introductions swirling around in my head . Phrases that will make me seem witty and cool, a femme fatale of someone's dreams, which technically, I am.
"New blood." She nods. "I'm Celeste."
Oh god. Celeste? Names like Celeste kick dirt on names like Alice on the playground. Names like Celeste steal names like Alice's prom dates. Names like Celeste are apparently dating names like Alice's imaginary dream boyfriends.
Now I don't just feel noodly. Now I'm a noodle that's been chewed up by a mother bird, regurgitated and fed back to he babies in the nest. My brain knows it's completely idiotic, to feel rejected by someone you aren't sure you actually know... but my heart does not seem to have gotten the message yet.
Honestly, I think I was drawn to this book by its title and cover. There was no true expectations, because I could't have told you what it was about if I tried. I know you should never judge a books by its cover, and probably doubly by its title, but thankfully this time it worked out just fine for me. Debut author Lucy Keating really nailed it with this one. This book is filled to the brim with unique awesomeness. There is something entirely fascinating about dreaming come to reality, and this book captures all of it and more.
When everything started, I was sure on one thing: this book was either going to go horribly right, or it was going to go horribly wrong. Not wrong in the traditional sense (you can't really tell your own story wrong), but wrong in the way that it was going to become your typical love story, with your typical obstacles. There's nothing wrong with that really. I enjoy books like that every now and again when I am looking for something easy and fun. Dreamology was not typical though. With it's dream world crashing into reality land, I found myself fully diving in, wanting to figure out how everything went so beautifully wrong.
Alice herself may not have been horribly complex but she was fun as heck to read. She said awkward things and over thought things, the way that I am sure the majority of us did as teens (some still as adults). Basically, Alice and her behaviours were real and easy to relate to, and if they weren't they were amusing to read at the very least. This also made it easy to sympathise for her on other levels for me. I'm not sure how many of us have dreamed a guy into existence (probably none if we're being honest), but it would be freaky as hell and super hard to know how to handle. Alice is developed basically perfectly and her quirk had me laughing on more than one occasion.
It's super hard to know how to react to Max. There's this awkward line that is most definitely blurred due to odd circumstances. He is basically an anomaly and because of this at times his cold attitude seems justified. Well, I felt it was at least. You can't just expect someone to be as cool in real life as they were in your dreams... or I don't think you can. However, this doesn't mean that Max did not have redeeming qualities to him. He could be kind and the person that Alice thought he was, was there it was just hiding behind some fairly big insecurities. It was also his reactions that very much kept this book from being insta-love, which is a very enjoyable fact. There was something awesome about not exactly knowing how the attraction between these two would end.
Honestly I had a lot of fun reading this one. It was light, fun, different and 100% enjoyable. Keating really nailed her debut and I'm looking forward to more from her in the future. It's quite simply too hard to explain all of the little things, that complimented the bigger things to make this such an amazing read. There is no doubt that this book will give people a serious case of cover lust and the writing was beyond enjoyable. For anyone looking for a fun and amusing summer read, don't hesitate to pick this beauty up.