Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: Dreamology

Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Date Read: 3/13/16
336 pages
Rating: 1/2

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?

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from ARC may or may not be in the published edition.

It's been about a month since I finished Dreamology, and to be honest, I'm a little conflicted. As a brain person, I very much enjoyed reading about sleep, dreams, and the like. Yet on the other hand, I felt like I was reading just to read this. But you know, who would want to pass up on reviewing this? Look at all the puns I can make!

Alice has dreamed of Max all of her life, he's literally her dream boy. And that is pretty much all she can think about, except the fact is, he isn't real. Until she transfers to a private school in Boston, and finds out that yes, he DOES exist. Surprise! But is he the REAL Max? Or our all of their memories only in her dreams?

Much of the novel focuses on the meeting of Alice and Max, and how their lives are transformed once they meet each other. You would think that once they realize that dreams can come true, they'll run off together. But that doesn't end up being the case. Max already has his life all lined up. He already has a girlfriend, other friends, and obsessing over a nonexistent girl did nothing for him. Unfortunately, he can't avoid the Real Alice since the two of them have a bigger problem. Dreams are seeping into their reality, and they must become unattached to each other before it gets worse.

You see, this book was really interesting. I like dreams. I don't remember them often, which sucks. It would be pretty nice to have a recurring dream boy for myself. One that I can remember.

Also, BOSTON. Not the best representation of Boston. I mean, all that's really described is Beacon Hill. Alice's place is accurately described, at least I can say that for certain seeing as I stayed in one of those 4-story narrow houses on Beacon Hill a couple years ago. Lots of stairs.

And uh. Max. He is very flippy floppy with his decisions on whether he should be with Alice or not. I don't know about you, but if MY dream-mate was RIGHT THERE in the flesh, I would just go for it. It's literally what both Alice and Max have been dreaming about for years.

I didn't mind reading Dreamology, though there will definitely be more memorable books out there. It also reminds me of this other book I only have heard of, called Dream Boy. I have NO IDEA whether it is similar at all, but it came up immediately after I read the synopsis.
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