“But all broken bones or burns or hearts . . . well, they all heal up eventually.”
Rating: 3/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have travelled 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?
Dreamology has been sitting on my bookshelf for years before I finally decided to take the plunge and pick this up. I’m not going to lie, the main reason I bought this is because of the pretty cover first and the synopsis second. I can’t say I was disappointed with this but I also wasn’t in love with it either. It was just enough to keep me entertained before moving on to the next book I’ve left sitting on my TBR for years.
This is a more difficult book to review because just about everything other than the summary basically is a spoiler. And in case anyone else is in the same predicament I was and had this sitting on their bookshelf for years, I’ll try to keep it simple. Alice dreams about Max almost every night, he’s the boy of her dreams literally and figuratively. So, when Alice moves with her father back into her grandmother’s house for a fresh start she’s shocked to find out that Max is in fact very real. When Alice tries to get to know the “real” Max things get off to a rocky start, considering Max has a girlfriend and a whole life Alice never knew about. But when Alice and Max’s dreams start to take over their real lives (think the wildest hallucinations ever), they know they need to get to the bottom of what’s going on even if that means cutting each other out of their dreams for good.
I do have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the reasoning behind why Max was appearing in Alice’s dreams. I wasn’t necessarily expecting the book to get as deep as it did. Even though it was a little weird of an explanation I liked that it tied into more heavier topics of what teens can be going through, specifically living with a single parent and feeling abandoned by your other parent. I also really enjoyed the writing in this as well. The story flowed pretty well back and forth between dreams and reality and I definitely loved the twist on the story where Alice began to question what was real and what was a dream.
There were a few areas where I found this book lacking/frustrating and the first was definitely how Alice and Max dealt with everything. They were very indecisive and majority of this book could have been resolved with a conversation. It was just odd to see how much they cared for each other in their dreams and then in real life it was just so… flat. Also, neither of the main characters were that lovable. I was more interested in the side characters Sophie and Oliver. The actual dreams were a little too over the top for me as well. Don’t get me wrong I’ve definitely had my fair share of waking up and the morning and thinking “wtf just happened” but these were so over the top that it seemed like maybe Alice was doing acid before going to bed every night. 👀
“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.”
“Love is a dream, then you wake up.”
“You prefer things when they are stranger and prettier than everyday life. But that means you also make every moment of my life dreamier. More exciting and unexpected.”
All in all, even though this won’t be on my favorite books of 2019 list it was still an entertaining read. I can definitely say I’ve never read a book like this before so if you’re looking a unique contemporary you should definitely give this one a shot!
Until next time,