Author: Lucy Keating
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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?
oh look, some ugly graphics until i sort everything out!
anyway, i’m here to review this book.
it’s weird because i don’t know what to say. majority of my book reviews are negative, and there are loads of points i need to cover. but i liked this book. like, i really enjoyed it. i don’t read a lot of contemporary, so i was pretty surprised by the fact that i even finished it. and in a decent time too.
the first thing i want to talk about is characters (seeing as theyre the most important to me). alice was pretty cool. she was relatable but different from a lot of other characters i’ve read about (i’m not sure if this is because contemporary have a different target audience than fantasy but i assume it might be).
oliver was bloody awesome. he’s probably my favourite character. i’m not usually a fan of the “bad boy” type thing, but he wasn’t even “bad”??? he was funny and cool and relatable. he wasn’t a dick like so many are.
celeste is probably my favourite out of the whole book. who says the guy-the-protagonist-wants girlfriend has to be a bitch?? she’s so nice and kind. she’s a little on the too nice side, but i still really appreciated how she didn’t act immature and bitchy. girls are often perceived in that way, and the fact that she wasn’t is extremely important for everyone.
max was the only one i didn’t really like. i feel sorta bad for admitting this, but it’s true. yeah he’s a good character and whatnot but some of the things he did really annoyed the hell out of me. he didn’t make any sense, why did he do half the things he did? no one knows, but alice was in love with him no matter what. (kinda annoying if you ask me, seeing as i couldn’t figure out what she liked about him).
so yeah, this book is a romance-y sort of read, but there was no instalove! except for this weird oliver thing that i didn’t understand, but the max-alice thing fully made sense because they dream about each other all the time so it’s understandable as to why they feel like that. there was some hints at a long triangle (involving celeste, max’s girlfriend) but at the same time, it didn’t feel like one because of the way celeste was so mature over everything. and also the whole max-has-a-girlfriend thing where alice is just his dreams not reality. it was kinda nice.
there were some points where i got a little bored and found the story slow, but i’m coming from a fantasy background so we’ll ignore it. i’m sure most contemporary fans will have no problem (seeing as they are the target audience, not me).
overall, this book was really bloody good. it got me out of a reading slump!!!! it’s the first book i’ve read, liked and actually finished this month! i’m more than happy! i recommend this book to everyone not just contemporary fans.