Yo yo yo bloggers and book dragons! I hope your day is filled with feels! I have prepared another amazing book review for you. ENJOYY 😀
Author: Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 9/10
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?
“It surprises me, how a small gesture can feel so very big. How sometimes you don’t realize the nervousness or sadness you were holding deep inside until the touch of someone you love lets it all out of you, like your entire body is exhaling.”
FLUFFING AWESOME! I love this sweet book to the bottom of my heart. Dreamology was one of those books that gave me the pleasant ‘butterflies in my belly’ feeling. I had a smile plastered to my face for the entire day it took me to read the book. I felt like I was floating on a cloud while reading!
In short: book + dreams + cute characters + humour= a perfect combination for delighted Maya!
The reason I had this book on my tbr list is because I am a person with a very active night mind and I tend to have insane dreams nearly every day. I’ve never read a book about dreams so I was curious and excited to finally read something I could relate to a lot. Also I used to have terrible nightmares as a child and had to see a therapist for a while so I could relate to the characters.
I loved all the main and secondary characters immensely and found them all fun to read about. The story was evenly paced and the plot had enough going on along with cute fluffy awww moments to balance the story out. The language used was simple and elegant, it was neither too flowery nor too dry and it fit perfectly with the theme of the story.
The right time to read Dreamology is when you’re in the mood for a sweet warm humorous story with the good kind of high school romance and drama. It’ll make you smile and long for the days where you could just dream and live in those dreams. A must read for the dreamers 😉
The dreams that were found every couple of chapters were amazing and I think the aspect of dreams was captured in a really vivid imagery way. Lucy manages to make dreams unique, wild, and romantic with the presence of Alice and Max. The science behind the dreams was introduced in an intriguing psychological way that I never thought of before. Although some parts were unclear and remained unanswered, like how did Max and Alice actually connect as children, or how the scientist who fixed them separated their dreams.
I LOVED THE CHAPTER TITLES IN THE BOOK! Having chapter titles is rare to find and I was satisfied to see that this unique book had such absurd hilarious titles. You wouldn’t even get what they mean without reading that specific chapter. Examples: Law & Order: Special Cookie Unit, They Were Really Smart Birds, and I Like Your Alpacas.
Alice is an adventurer with a hyper active imagination. She is fresh and proud of her weirdness which is why I feel like I’d be close friends with her in real life. The author presented her struggle to live in the dream world rather than real life because it was easier that way and I admired that most in the book. That is literally the story of my life and I liked seeing someone else go through the same thing.
Other than that, the romance between Alice and dream Max was so adorable and cute I would’ve put them in a jar to savour them forever! Alice and real life Max had a tenser bumpy ride. I thought Max was being a douchebag pretending like he didn’t know Alice and that he didn’t have those dreams. Personally, I’d have reacted the same way Alice did and I don’t think she was whiny at all. It did annoy me how they did kiss in real life knowing that Max was still with Celeste! Max should’ve ended that relationship before. Then I found Alice irritating for complaining after their dreams were separated, like girl you have the real Max who is dream Max and you’ve managed to fall in love in real life too, why are you so ungrateful?? Why’d it take so long for her to realize that dreams aren’t all that she has?
“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.”
The author also included some issues that children might go through at a young age and I loved the psychological reasons behind everything and how they didn’t make this book depressing at all! Both Alice and Max had traumatising childhood experiences, Alice’s mom left without any proper farewells while Max’s older sister died in a car accident. Their parent/s couldn’t deal with the situation and they both had to somehow develop their own coping mechanisms as children! Alice and Max still turned out to be reasonably good teens, Alice was quirky and cheerful while Max was more reserved and calm. The point is, they both managed to emerge from a really difficult state and that is a great thing to achieve and I loved them both with all their flaws and fights and drama.
The side characters Oliver, Sophie, Jerry, and Celeste were all so damn fun! They provided so much laughter and fun when both Alice and Max were going crazy. I’m glad that Oliver didn’t end up being too heartbroken and that Celeste accepted the fact that her friends cheated on her and moved on. I liked Celeste and more than that, I liked how she was a perfectly nice person and that she wasn’t one of those typical ‘mean girl’ girlfriends who everyone was just relieved that she lost her boyfriend. Not all the girlfriends of the boyfriends have to be mean popular bananas.
In conclusion, I loved this dreamy book with all of its fun characters and interesting absurd ideas. I wouldn’t mind reading something else by the author because I enjoyed her style of writing.I definitely will be rereading this one day…
Did you read this book, and what did you think? Let me know in the comments below 😉