Author: Lucy Keating
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Date Read: May 23-24, 2016
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?
Before I say anything about the contents of this book, can we take a moment and appreciate that gorgeous cover?
I’m not the kind of girl who judges a book based on their cover, but this one really did it. It was all over my Instagram feed, I just thought I need to have that book on my bookshelf! Unfortunately, I couldn’t wait long enough for my physical copy to arrive so I started reading it in Kindle.
Anyways, about the book… The synopsis was direct about what this book would be all about. And no doubt, it was about having a dream boyfriend, and then suddenly he’s directly right in front of you.
The thing is, I was ready for that plot. Expecting it, in fact. But sometimes, I couldn’t stop myself hoping for a plot twist because to be honest, lately, contemporary books has been so predictable, it keeps getting harder to continue reading them.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the twist I was hungry for.
I won’t even hide the fact that I skipped through on some pages. I just didn’t find that much thrill while reading it.
But it’s not a total disappointment. Being a teenager myself, or rather have gone through that stage since I’m turning 21 soon, I know what it’s like to have that perfect guy you meet when you close your eyes at night or even sometimes at naps. I can’t imagine a day of my life when that man (or men. tehehe!) would suddenly appear where I’m not sleeping.
But let me warn you a little on what you would encounter when reading this book: Jargons.
I honestly am a science girl, but not an outstanding one. I had to keep switching to google to understand some medical/scientific terms I’m not familiar with. I even had to bug my nursing-graduate sister just to familiarize myself with unknown terminologies, until she finally told me to “bugger off!” because I’m annoying her.
Anyways, this book was still satisfyingly good and I still felt that subtle butterflies in my stomach, but butterflies nonetheless.
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