Author: Lucy Keating
Genre: YA contemporary
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?
This book was quite adorable! I understood the title of the book after the first chapter. By the end of the second, the plot (I didn’t remember the summary) and oh I was down for this book! I loved the story and was very interested in how it would go on.
Plus, the cover is so pretty! I love it.
Alice has dreamt about Max for as long as she can remember and one day she sees him in real life in her new school! A little later, we find that Max has been dreaming about her too. They try to get to the bottom of why because both of them are starting to lose sense of reality. Their dreams are merging with reality and they have to stop before they lose their sanity.
- Alice loves dreaming because she gets to see Max and they always go to exotic places and their dreams are so very fun. She’s in love with Max and she thinks that maybe it’s time to move on from dreams, but that was right before she met Max in reality. She’s a dreamer, fun-loving and goes after something will all of herself, holding nothing back.
- Max is a serious, practical kind of guy who moved on from being too attached to his dreams and Alice. He’s now dating a girl called Celeste, has left his best friend Oliver behind and changed. He’s someone who doesn’t like uncertainty and therefore is wary when Alice shows up. He’s also this gentle, kind, caring person and is the perfect boyfriend.
- I loved Alice’s dad, whose just the best sorta-eccentric dad ever. He’s a neuro-scientist and when she is off or cranky and says it’s nothing, he uses his knowledge and facts about the brain to explain her actions and how she’s not fine. He’s pretty cool.
- Oliver and Sophie (Alice’s best friend) are quirky people who are such great best friends. They’re always there to listen and bring your mood up.
It was touch-and-go for me, for the most part. Alice was all behind Max and he didn’t want Alice because he has moved on from dreams and made a life in reality with Celeste. Then they were trying to figure out their dreams, and became a little close. Max was hot and cold, alternating so much that even I got a slight headache. And Alice just refused to see beyond him, like infatuation, in the beginning.
The only thing I liked was that in the end, we were given a glimpse of them as a couple. Most YA books end as the couple get together but this didn’t, and I got the sense that yes, they will work out.
It was an adorable book with interesting theories and so much talk about the brain and dreams and science. I would love to read a book with the same beginning but which goes differently, without the science and CDD and dream-merging. For what it’s worth, the book is really good and I would definitely buy it not just for the cover.