Genre: Young Adult, Realistic, Romance
Published: April 12, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Source: Bought at Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3/5 stars
Summary: 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. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
When their dreams start to bleed dangerously 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? [Goodreads]
I waited a few days to review Dreamology because it seemed to be that kind of book that gives a great overall impression right after you finish it, but once you have time to think about it, the problems are clearer.
My biggest problem with this book was that Alice spent the whole time talking about Max. There were so many characters that could have had more in terms of story and plot. Although Alice’s mother did have some mention, it felt like she was only a plot device to help move along Alice’s problems instead of the fact that she was her MOTHER. Alice’s father, her new friend Oliver, her best friend Sophie and Max’s girlfriend Celeste had a lot of potential to be more, but instead they felt very flat. I really liked Oliver, but he was quickly reduced to a very small role and ended up being super cliche, which was frustrating. Even Max wasn’t very in depth. He had a small tragic backstory that was touched upon once or twice to give him the sympathy factor, and then it was over. I am one of those people who really love good characters, which is why I’m giving this book that rating even though the plot was great.
I really like Alice, however. She was super awkward and cute, and she was very relatable as a main character. She had great reactions to all the events in the story, and her relationship with Max (although I wasn’t completely for it in the beginning) was very cute and interesting to read about as they went from being in each other’s dreams to actually knowing the other.
Alice and Max’s story is a super weird one. Honestly, I was confused as to whether this was a science plotline or a fantasy one (I’m pretty sure it’s scientific). I wasn’t a big fan of the whole our-dreams-are-becoming-real thing, because to me, it seemed like the focus should’ve been on the characters and their relationships. Sadly, it wasn’t. However, this was cute and lighthearted, so if you’re looking for a quick summer read, this might be for you! Plus, the cover is very dreamy (sorry for the puns). Have you read this books (or do you want to)??