Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 12, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 3336 : ARC edition
Source: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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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?
When this first popped up on my doorstep from HarperTeen, I have to admit I hadn’t heard of it but was very intrigued by the cover, the title, the synopsis…pretty much everything. Add to that that I had been in a bit (ie. a 2 month long) reading slump, this was just the book I needed to kick my reading funk all while being a super adorable and enjoyable read!
This is the type of book that eating a marshmallow while listening to soothing music on a rainy day feels like. In other words, it’s sweet, it stops and makes you think about your life, but it also has that hint of sadness to it (just a hint. A splash. Like adding cinnamon to hot chocolate).
The entire premise of this story is just so refreshing and original. I find dreams to be very special so to have a story written about them in such an interesting way made for a really interesting book. Especially since the dreams and psychology of it all was explained here and there but not in a way that detracted from the story (I mean, hello, Mr. Levy sounds awesome and I want to sign up for his psych class immediately).
I also really enjoyed how the dreams were described because I fell into the pages and wanted to be there with Max and Alice the entire time. And the rest of the characters were awesome as well! So original and life-like.
So, I think this may go down as one of my top books of the year and hope to see a lot more from Lucy Keating in the future!
Bonus: Totally give this song a listen while reading Dreamology. I had it on loop almost the entire time and it just worked so well with the entire book.