Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Summary: 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?
Thoughts: This book is such a light, easy read that is perfect for anyone who is looking for a book that will get them out of a reading slump. It was such a sweet love story that pulled me in and I found it hard to put down for the first half of the book. I just wanted to get to the end of the book to find out if she ended up with her dream boy because secretly, part of me didn’t want her to.
I loved how Lucy Keating created her characters so real and so lovable. I thought it was great how undramatic these characters were – I find some books to over-exaggerate their characters. That being said, I found the real-life Max to be rather boring and that Alice was too stuck on loving him just because of her history with him.
This book stays pretty light throughout the novel and I loved how you get a glimpse of the love stories in her dream world and her real world. But as soon as the unrealistic stuff started happening, like dream bleeding, I found myself less interested.
This book is perfect for someone who wants to read something without getting over-invested into the characters and the story. It will definitely help those in a reading slump because of how wonderful the writing is and how fast it can be read.
Judging a book by its cover: I picked this book up because its cover. I think it is beautiful. It doesn’t give away anything from the book, it’s just cute and drew me in.
Favourite quote: “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.” And “Whoever invented pizza, I’d like to kiss them on the mouth.”
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