ARC Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating (YA)

Book Blurb

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

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. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed 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?


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Alice and her dad have moved from New York to Boston. On the drive there she dreams of Max again. They always find each other even though the dream changes. Her friend Sophie hopes she will meet someone real.

The shocking thing that happens to Sophie on her first day of school is finding out that Max is real. She can’t believe she is seeing him. He doesn’t act like he even knows her. She is definitely going crazy. Yet she keeps seeing him in her dreams.

She is devastated when she learns he has a girlfriend named Celeste. Alice has dreamed of him since she was a little girl and loves dream Max. She has no idea how to handle reality Max. Now that she knows he is a real person she is determined to find answers. How is it possible to dream of a real person when you have never met?

Alice is set on a journey that makes her face her fears and the reality of her life. The cause of her dreams is a surprise as she and Max have to find a way to stop it before they lose their sense of reality.

This book was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting the direction the author took it. It was a fascinating evolution. Both characters were devastated at a young age and what was done at that point set them on the course they now were on.

It was a sweet love story where they met in their dreams. What makes it extremely interesting is how literal it was. They met in a dream when they were children and continued to see each other for years in dreams.

The shocking revelations that they are both real people sets them on an answer finding trip to save themselves. The author brings the questions in this book looking at the possibility of manipulating a person’s dreams. Leaving the ideas that the brain is so unknown in science that who knows. It is an extremely creative story. I’ve not come across anything like it. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

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