Published by HarperCollins on April 12, 2016
Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
Honestly, I just want to pop into the book and befriend all of these characters. They’re hilarious, ridiculous at times, full of fun, and they just breathe life. Alice’s narration made me grin and laugh out loud more than once, Max is dreamy yet down to earth at the same time, and even the side characters had such depth and substance that I couldn’t let go of them. Dreamology is like a gummy bear: sweet, chewy, and bursting with flavors. You never get tired of them (for real, I could eat a whole bag by myself) and you can enjoy them any time of the day.
We start the book with a dream Alice is having, with her boyfriend – that is, boyfriend of her dreams, Max. From the very beginning my heart shipped this couple. Their antics are absolutely adorable and I can’t get enough of them. <3 It all changes when Alice moves to Boston with her dad (who’s an absolute delight) and sees Max in real life for the first time – with a girlfriend.
I’m beginning to realize that maybe I never knew him. Not entirely anyway. And that dreams and reality are far from the same.
So this is the part where I usually start ranting because I have a huge dislike of cheaters, but I do think that the author handled the situation quite well. There’s a lot of books where it’s full-on cheating with no thoughts to the consequences, but our characters do learn from their actions and they grow from them. Can I just give a shout out to Lucy for not adhering to the common tropes of high schoolers that we see today?
What this book doesn’t have:
- Slut shaming
- Screeching teenage girls
- Disappointing characters that don’t learn from their mistakes
- Vengeful teens that go all out against everyone else
- Bland side characters, especially parents, that are cut from cardboard and other stiff material.
- Unnecessary high school drama that (truth be told) no one likes to read about.
What this book does have:
- Beautiful relationships of all sorts: whether it’s romantic interest, friendship, and everything in between.
- Real, flawed characters that work out their problems and grow as they learn from mistakes and figure out how to fix them.
- Witty, delightful dialogue that make characters feel real and three-dimensional – no stiff boards in this place.
- An intriguing and unique premise that draws on legit psychology theories but with a twist.
As Alice gets to know the real life Max, both their dreams start mixing with reality and they have to get the help of the Center for Dream Discovery to fix it. The book is told through the first person POV of Alice, and you will DEFINITELY enjoy reading this girl’s thoughts – dreams and all. I really can’t stress how much I love the characters and what they have to overcome. There’s just this spark in them that make them stand out from the pages.
Told from the perspective of a dynamic narrator, Dreamology will just fill your heart as our characters battle through dreams and reality to find the answers to their questions – and love as well. Dreams can definitely be nice, but nothing beats the stories we make in real life.
“We have each other. No matter how different we are or how many dumb things we do, we make each other better. And what we have is better than what the dreams could ever give us. It’s real.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5