Review ~ Dreamology

Posted April 22, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 43 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review ~ DreamologyDreamology by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
4 Stars

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?


This book was quick, cute, whimsical and just something I didn’t want to put down. I first fell in love with it because of that beautiful cover. Then I read the blurb and was all in. I mean a real dream boy and dreams bleeding into reality??? Yes, please!

Alice has a certified boy of her dreams. His name is Max and she has been dreaming of him for years. She only wishes he was real. That is until her first day of her new school when he walks into her classroom. Is this Max like her dream Max? Does he dream of her too?

There was so much to love with this one. I think the characters were probably front and center for me. I loved Alice. She was kind of weird and awkward. I totally relate with that!! I can’t imagine meeting your imaginary crush at your new school. Plus you have no friends there to talk about it with! Thankfully she has an amazing best friend, Sophie, back where she moved from. We get phone calls between the two and eventually a visit. Sophie was hysterical and a great addition. Another awesome secondary character was Oliver. He befriends Alice at school and is super quirky and fun. He added to the overall whimsy of the book. I liked Max but feel like he wasn’t given his due completely. I would have liked more.

As you would expect in a book about dreams were the dreams themselves. We are treated to Alice’s dreams throughout the book. For the most part, they are entertaining and adventurous and something I looked forward to. Then the second part dealing ith the dreams was why they were having them, why of each other and other questions like that. This added a little bit of a mystery to the story.

There were also a little heavier of topics thrown in their, mostly centered around Alice and Max’s families. I like that these issues were included, however they weren’t given enough attention to have me feel satisfied. This is especially true for Max.

While it may have been a little cheesy at times, I still found it quite charming. If you want something fun ad sweet and a really quick read this is a great choice!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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43 responses to “Review ~ Dreamology

  1. AWW YAY I’m really glad that you ended up enjoying this book Grace! I also have an eARC of this book I got from Edelweiss, and I actually haven’t gotten to it yet because of school (and also due to the fact I was slightly doubtful with the story). Reading your review makes me want to get started on it now 🙂 And I absolutely love the concept of the book too! Great review <3
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  2. I almost grabbed this and then didn’t because I was afraid it would be a bit too much and unrealistic. I can see that I would have had a fun time with this one darn it! Oh well, I’ll have to grab it another time. 😉
    Great review Grace, have a wonderful weekend!
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  3. Been wanting to read this one for a while now so I’m happy you enjoyed it. Would love to see how this story plays out and experience the characters emotions and interactions after dreaming about each other. Nice review.

  4. I read this and really liked how short and quirky it was, and the fact that it talked about DREAMS! I loved how there was a dream center hahaha. I also really liked how Max’s girlfriend (I can never ever remember her name, was it Emily?) was nice to Alice, which you usually don’t see at all! It was refreshing to not see her in that light.

    Awesome review Grace!

    (Btw, you accidentally repeated the second paragraph in the first paragraph!)
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    • Yes the dreams were so awesome and makes me think I need ot read more books centered around them. Max’s girlfriend – no idea on the name – was very cool and I liked her a lot. Thanks!! And thank you for letting me know about that pesky paragraph!

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