Apr 18, 2016

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Author: Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: April 12, 2016
Pages/Format: 336, eARC
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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?

Book in One Word: Cute.

Dreamology is a book that first grabbed my attention with it's bright and beautiful cover. Then I was interested in its premise, because what isn't interesting about a girl who dreams about a boy and then suddenly that boy is real? I finally picked it up when I asked Twitter what to read and everyone was all "Dreamology Dreamology DREAMOLOGY." That, coupled with five-star reviews praising the excellent fluff of this book, had me excited and ready to read a book that I would fall head over heels for. Except that I didn't.

This is in no way a bad book. I wouldn't even say that I disliked it. I think the problem is that everyone seems to love it and I don't understand why. At the core, Dreamology is a simple and cutesy novel with a unique concept, but it was too simple and there wasn't enough to create a complete, solid story. I'll start with the basis: In Alice's dreams, her and Max are madly in love and basically the cutest couple ever and they go on the most whimsical, dream-fueled adventures ever. Max feels real to Alice, even though he isn't. Until he is. He's not quite the same as Dream Max, but he's still Max. There is, of course, an explanation behind all this, and perhaps it's logical, except that I don't even know what the explanation is. Yes, there was one, but it wasn't even explained--the what and the how and the science of it--and therefore I'm not really buying it.

My other issue of sorts resided within the romance(s). And honestly, I'm not sure why Alice is so gung-ho about Max when she could have Oliver. (More on him later.) But, like, here's the deal: Alice may be a little too stuck in la-la land. She didn't know Max was real, and he didn't know she was real, either. So can she really blame him for having a life without her? NO. Even then, the two of them together in the real world was a little too much and a little too fast (though I didn't dislike it, really), because this is the real world, not the dream world, and things are different. And really, I just thought that Alice would be better off with Oliver. Or maybe I'm just getting really snobby with books lately when they aren't as detailed and fleshed out as I'd like.

As characters, Alice and Max weren't really dislikable; I just had a few issues with their actions and how realistic things were and blah blah blah. And, yeah, I guess they're okay, but maybe the real problem is that Oliver stole the show. And the other problem is that he really, seriously, legitimately did not get enough page time. I'm not just saying that because he's the best character in the book--I'm saying that because he was a really, really good character and he deserved to be around more. Who needs Max and Alice when you can read about Oliver? I adore him. He's funny and a bit of a troublemaker, but he's also really nice and, again, the best character in the book. (It's been, oh, a month since I've read this and I can't think of anything else to say about Alice and Max? When I think about this book it's less about liking it and more about whying it.)

I would like to reiterate again that Dreamology was not a bad book, and that I did not dislike it. I think I just had higher expectations for it and I've been getting really picky with books lately when they play it safe and don't give me everything. (Maybe because I'm getting older? Am a damn writing major?) I just don't understand how nearly everyone is loving the hell out of this and I'm just sitting here like "bah bah black sheep." I will say that this book was nice and light and fluffy and fun, which I love, and it's a quick, fast read and a bit of a page-turner, which I also love. The romance and dreams were cute, and sometimes it just feels good to read a book like this. The concept behind Dreamology was SO COOL, but it's like having a really good, amazing dream and then waking up and only remembering fuzzy bits and pieces--it's not all there and it's not enough.

Did I like it? Yeees.
Did I love it? Nope.
Would I reread it? This is unlikely.
Would I purchase it? Off the clearance shelf, but I wouldn't spend full price on this and I don't really need it (except for that pretty cover).
Who would I recommend it to? People who are fans of fluff, romance, unique concepts, dreams and imagination, and favorable secondary characters.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. " So can she really blame him for having a life without her? NO. " That one sentence is making me think I shouldn't read this. Does she really get grumpy with the guy for having a life outside of dreams? I mean....what? That's just annoying. I DON'T KNOW. Now you're making me think twice xD

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook


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