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?
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I originally rated Places No One Knows 2 stars, but after reading Dreamology, I had to bump it up half a star. After reading it, I wanted to see if there was another novel with a similar premise that was more what I was expecting. Conveniently, I had Dreamology lying around.
The major difference between these two novels is Places No One Knows is memorable. It has a superb cast, a distinctive writing voice, and an interesting main character, if it lacked in other areas. I can see myself looking back on this year and remembering PNOK.
I can’t see myself looking back and thinking twice about Dreamology, because it reads like a regular contemporary romance except with a few magical realism elements thrown in. There’s nothing particularly lovely or distinctive about the writing, and I never cared about the characters.
One of the things people raved about was the activity of Alice’s imagination and how happy Lucy Keating’s writing was.
Maybe it’s because I read a lot of middle-grade as well as YA, but whimsical writing doesn’t do it for me. It may sound great to eat cake in a museum and get chased by security guards with the guy of your dreams once or twice, but once you’ve encountered overactive imaginations repeatedly, the storyline grows old.
I don’t mean to attack this book, but it was so bland, and after reading Places No One Knows, I was looking for something more unique and surprising than this. If you’re a contemporary fan who doesn’t read MG, I would recommend this to you. There was nothing wrong with it, strictly speaking. The pacing was typical of contemporary, and the romance had some fun parts.
This is one of those cases where it’s me, not the book, but if you’re looking for a darker, more twisted novel, I would recommend Places No One Knows instead. 1.5 stars.