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?
That awkward moment when you’re the person who loves all the books and you become the black sheep…oops? I went to log this one into GoodReads only to realize that nearly all of my friends had rated this one 4 or 5 stars when for me this book was 3.5 maybe?
It’s an odd feeling to be on the outside, I’ll tell you that. But it also made me go back and wonder what was wrong with Dreamology, and I came up rather empty. I just didn’t ship it super hard? Was it because of the characters? Was it because of the way the story was played out? Was it because of my deep love of Sarah Rees Brennan’s Unspoken and how similar the two were? I don’t know what it was about this book exactly but lets look at some exact details.
Here’s where we get to the root of it, I don’t think this book was what I expected. I expected some fantasy, excitement, some really cool connection between these two that leads to something magical, instead their dreams were explained as a scientific experiment gone awry. So we scratch the magical aspect for something more simplistic.
Then comes the couple, while they were adorably cute, there just seemed to be moments where they didn’t feel really…real to me. I had some issues with choices Alice and Max both made. I guess once again I was expecting more fantasy less realistic?
I did enjoy the book overall! Like As a whole experience I didn’t DNF the book, I read the whole thing and almost binge read it took. It was a solid 3.5 star read. It wasn’t a new favorite, it wasn’t a book I was going to rush and buy instantly, but I did enjoy it.
I did enjoy some of the ways that the book dealt with the two going from these dreams to reality. Some of it felt a little weird, but overall it was nice seeing that Max had another life outside of the dreams. I enjoyed seeing the two of these characters grow together and learn how to deal with their medical problems together. (Although the fact that a large plot of the book was medical issues thanks to their dreams was something that was…weird.)
Overall I’m glad to have read the book, but I don’t plan on purchasing it any time soon, nor do I plan on really ever rereading it. So if you’re curious about it I recommend checking it out from the library first.