ARC Review: Dreamology

Dreamology by Lucy Keating
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release date: April 12, 2016

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?

Alice has had a dream boyfriend for as long as she can remember, and then she meets him in real life. Stuff of fantasies, yes, but there is are dreams and then there is reality. In reality, Max already has a life, a girlfriend, and she has only been living in her dreams. But there is an undeniable familiarity and attraction between them, and she wants to pursue it but he is reluctant to do so. When she chases down the reason they are the way they are, she comes across a scientific study group mapping dreams, and when they both start to lose the ability to differentiate between dreams and reality, it’s time for them to take measures to fix it.

The book is more contemporary than fantasy, and part of it is devoted to the dreams they share. At first, I thought they were relevant, but they are mostly cute surrealistic landscapes that they share. The real plot is in reality, where she has to decide when to let go and face her fears. There is some amount of psych in there, but I wish it translated more into the dreams besides that one significant one. The science was also too vague for it; I wasn’t convinced it was science rather than magic, in the way they were ‘fixed’ so easily. The characters are the best thing about the book – they are all so fun people to know and experience; Oliver was definitely a hoot and so was Sophie! I loved that the messy drama of a love triangle was not pursued; Max and Alice were too adorable to be mired in that angst. Overall, it is a sweet story touched with a sprinkle of magic, like a modern fairytale.

Received a free galley from HarperTeen, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

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