by Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
by Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
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?
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About the Author
Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.
When she's not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns
Review (and Favorite Quotes)
Ever since she was a child, Alice has dreamed of a boy named Max. She even fell in love with him, though she knew a relationship with a fictional person was hopeless. Until she moved to a new city and saw him walk into one of her classes. But the dream Max and the real one are not completely the same. If they are ever going to be together, they will have to overcome some hurdles first—beginning with his girlfriend, Celeste.
Dreamology was sweet. It was filled with the chaos of dreams and romance. It was a story of growing up as much as it was a teen romance with a magical twist. Misunderstandings and arguments, confusion over what is real as far as their relationship, love triangles, and much more make the book extremely interesting.
I think what I loved most of all, though, were the characters themselves. They each had a distinct personality that was not over-the-top as many distinct personalities tend to be. Alice was my favorite. When she zoned out she thought about the weirdest things that were ironically still related to the situation. This fun fact, for instance, came up in a conversation about security systems: “Did you know that in ancient China, an emperor’s last line of defense against an intruder was a tiny Pekingese dog hidden up the sleeve of his kimono?” Little tidbits like this made me love the main character and the crazy story.
The characters grew so much during the story, too. Alice had her head in the clouds too much, and not only in her dreams. She never really moved on after her mom left, and Alice was having a hard time growing up as an adult with plans for her future beyond high school. And when the dreams ended, the story continued, because the characters were not quite done growing yet.
One thing I did not like was that they book portrayed the characters doing drugs a little bit. It was kind of something done on the side without much influence on the characters, but it was there and it was not shown to be a problem so much. Teenagers drinking alcohol underage, a high school adviser offering drugs to the student, and hints of something sexual going on in the background. These things certainly exist for teens, but that does not mean it is good to have them portrayed so openly without the characters putting up a noticeable protest against them.
Despite its flaws, I truly enjoyed this book. The negative elements just mentioned were so minor and in the background I might even go so far as to say the book is PG, but only barely. And I enjoyed the sweet romance, the bizarre dreams reminiscent of my own, and the growth of the fascinating characters. I would recommend this book to readers of romantic YA fiction.
And I am left contemplating a line that truly showed how much Alice grew throughout the tale: “Dreams are all we have? I frown. No, Mom, they are not all we have. We have so much more than that. We have friends and loved ones and real life. We have people that matter, real people, and what we do matters to them in return. They rely on us.”
I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for and honest review.