Review | Dreamology by Lucy Keating


Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 12, 2016
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Standalone
Pages: 322



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?



Dreamology is the kind of book that will easily get a reader’s attention. Because, first, look at that gorgeous cover! And second, its concept is extremely unique and intriguing. This was quite a fun read, playful and dream-filled, cute and lighthearted. The thing I like most out of this book though is its humor. There were a couple of issues I had on the way, but hell if it didn’t put a smile on my face!

Before I lay my issues with this book on the table let me tell you that, overall this isn’t a bad book. If light and sweet cotemporary romance is what you’re seeking then I’ll recommend this to you. Though if you’re planning on buying this book I suggest you borrow a copy from the library first, or maybe loan it from a friend and try to get a feel to it before you decide.

So, moving on to the parts that I find a bit lacking. First up, this book lacks a good villain. While I appreciate the fact that there was no slut-shaming in there, it was disappointing that there wasn’t much of anything in the negative side to balance out the story. No mean girls to make our protagonist’s life a little harder. No scientific side effects to what Max and Alice are experiencing. No hurtful secrets from anyone that could have intensified things a bit. It gave me the impression that the author is keeping everything on safe grounds. I saw a lot of good directions that this book could have gone to. But the story felt like it was being held back from becoming massive.

My second issue was with the romance. It wasn’t totally bad, but I wasn’t thoroughly invested to it either. Alice had literally been dreaming about Max since she was a kid. In her dreams, they were madly in love, they know everything about each other, and they go on whimsy adventures together until Dream Max became a constant force in Alice’s life. So when Dream Max suddenly pops into her real world, of course she’s into him already. But I find it hard to ship Alice and Max. Because first, I wasn’t so crazy about Real Max. Despite being the lead character he didn’t really shine the way lead characters should. Second, why go for Max when you can cheer for this cool, funny, bag of wits that is Oliver? He is the kind of friend everyone wants to have. He’s all tact, and humor, and smiles, and bright colors that Max just seem flat and uninteresting next to him. Boy, had I ever wanted for a side character to end up with the main character this much?

My third and biggest issue was with the way the problem was solved by the end: Vaguely. So, Alice and Max found out that their brains were in fact, synching, when they dream. What caused it? And how do they stop it from happening again? Hold on, there’s an explanation to it. Only that the explanation wasn’t very clarifying. Like it was done in a bit of a rush. The ending wasn’t a total let down but I could have used a better, clearer, more precise explanation as to what happened and how everything was unriddled.

Again, this wasn’t a lousy book. It’s quite enjoyable though it’s not a must-read for me. I’d say read it if a fluffy and weird read is what you’re in the mood for. That is if you don’t have any other book lying around that you would want to read first.


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