Alice has been meeting Max in her dreams for as long as she can remember. Every night they travel through the dream world having adventures together. Alice is madly in love with Max, after all he is her dream boy.
But that’s the problem too. Max doesn’t actually exist.
At least not until Alice and her father move to Boston and Alice finds Max at her new school. Unfortunately Real Max isn’t at all like Dream Max. He claims he doesn’t know Alice and that he wants nothing to do with her.
While Alice is desperately avoiding Real Max she and Dream Max are still having beautiful dreams together. But something is wrong in their dreams too. As elements of their dreams start to appear in their waking lives, Alice and Max realize that their dreams might be ending all too soon in Dreamology (2016) by Lucy Keating.
Dreamology is Keating’s first novel.
Alice narrates this story in first person including dream sequences and her day-to-day life. While the dream sequences add a strong dose of silliness, Alice is still dealing with pent up feelings from her mother’s abandonment years ago. She and her father are still working out how they work as a family of two (two and a half with their dog).
Although she is often naive to the point of rashness, Alice is an endearing heroine with an authentic voice and problems that will be relatable (and seem surmountable) to teen readers.
There is no way around it: the premise here is kind of wacky. Readers able to provide a willing suspension of disbelief will enjoy this funny story where dreams blend with reality and romance transcends both. Dreamology is a quick diversion with a sweet romance and a nice touch of humor.
Possible Pairings: Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis, It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble, Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White