Dreamology by Lucy KeatingDreamology by Lucy Keating


byLucy Keating

Hardcover | April 12, 2016

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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?

Title:DreamologyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.09 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.09 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062380001

ISBN - 13:9780062380005


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Creative! I haven't heard anything about this book or author before, but for some strange reason I decided to pick it up at the bookstore, and boy am I glad that I did! This book was so fun to read, the author is the most creative author I've read from with quirky contemporary novels. The characters are unique and fun to follow. If you like this book I recommend Lucy Keating's other book, "Literally" which is even more creative than "Dreamology", but in the end, highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's cute I loved the idea of this story. I think there need to be more books like it! The romance was cute, the story was perfect for it's age group. It's a really good read. I saw some reviews afterward criticizing the agency/development of the side characters. To that opinion, I'd agree. They kinda just stood around, didn't do much with themselves. That's something I would have like to seen be stronger. But it's a totally fluffy, cute read that doesn't make you roll your eyes!!!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising! I bought this book without reading into it. I expected it to be a cute typical YA love story but it was so much more. It is a very adventurous and humorous novel. I would definitley recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Funny Loved this book! It had the right amount of dream craziness and character connections to make it all fit perfectly together. The way it was written made it so light hearted that you couldn't help but laugh at some of the situations.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting and unique story! This was a cute book and I feel like crying and I'm not sure if it's because of the emotional parts in the book or because I was very satisfied with how it ended. Alice's dreams were pretty crazy at times, kind of funny too. Some of the dialogue and a lot of the characters really added some good humour to the story as well. The dream versus reality and "dream bleeding" is a very intriguing and also scary concept if you think about it. And even while trying to figure out things like the characters in the story I found myself just as confused and a little unsettled as the characters! I loved the part where Sophie and Oliver argue about their friendships with Alice. And how Oliver assumes he's going to bump Sophie out of her best friend status. I loved Oliver in general I love his personality and his humour and playful confidence.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An unusual sci-fi romance that glows with yearning, whimsy, and concept Dreamology by Lucy Keating is an unusual, lushly romantic YA sci-fi novel that surprised me with its pitch perfect voice. I read the first 100 pages with a lot of breaks in between, and then the rest of it all in one fell swoop because I had to know what would happen. If you’re into sci-fi or fantasy YA, and you’re looking for a contemporary transition, this might be a good one for you. Alternately, if you’re into contemporary or romance and you’re looking for something a little bit more speculative, this would be a great pick. Alice, the protagonist, is a girl who has spent her life dreaming of Max. In their dream lives, they have had wild, amazing, adventurous dates in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on safari in Africa, in hot air balloons and more. They’re definitely in love. There’s only one problem: Max doesn’t exist outside of Alice’s dreams…until the day Alice moves back to Boston, where she grew up, and he’s there, in front of her, at school. Honestly, I don’t want to give too much more away, but I will say that if I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be “yearning.” Feelings of longing and need for each other just abound in this book. I feel like Lucy Keating nailed this part of teenage love and I really think the synopsis got this one right – there’s quite a bit of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in this book, as well as some adorable, lush, and quirky moments that will make a shippy heart sing. I will say that because of the quirkiness of the characters and the sugariness of some of the moments, it occasionally read a little young for me. Even though I adored the writing and felt that it perfectly conveyed the concept of the story (more on that in the bonuses), I felt a bit of a disconnect with the characters. They were cute and sweet and shippy, but…I was missing an emotional element. I never felt fully invested. I think a big part of that missing piece was the lack of detail in the backstory with Alice and Max and their families. We are told a few things about them, but I never felt like Keating mined the characters enough. I know that the focus was supposed to be on their love story, but I feel like the book would have been even more emotionally charged and compelling if we’d gotten to see more of their family lives. Still, this is a cute read that explores the concept of fantasy vs. reality in romantic relationships really well. I think it could definitely be good for a younger audience that’s looking for a little more concept than the usual contemporary and I could definitely see this one in a middle-to-high school library. BONUSES: Form Follows Function Writing: Keating’s writing was what kept me going through this book – the voice of the novel was just so perfectly quirky, dreamy, and romantic – but without losing its focus. I also loved how how well the voice fit Alice and how distinct all of the secondary characters were. Love Triangle Gone Right: I know a lot of you hate cheating and love triangles, but as I’ve mentioned before, I really appreciate when a love triangle is done right – because they do happen, especially in YA. I appreciated that the two girls interested in the one boy were both obviously great people, and that Keating never made either one unlikeable. The Bostonians: If you live in or are a fan of the city of Boston, this is SO the book for you – the characters hang out everywhere from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to the Public Gardens to Porter Square. As someone who LOVES Boston (and her friends there; hi Kath, Andi, Gail and Sarah!), this book was SUCH a delight for me. The Science of Dreaming: Learning more about dreaming and how our minds work while sleeping was one of my favourite parts of the book – it’s clear that Keating did a lot of research into the science. I was also particularly impressed by how she balanced descriptions of the science with gorgeous and surreal dream worlds that Alice and Max inhabit – they just fit so well with my own impressions of dreams. THE FINAL WORD: Dreamology by Lucy Keating is an unusual sci-fi romance that glows with yearning, whimsy, and concept. While I felt a bit of disconnect with the characters and emotional journey, it is nevertheless a confident debut that seamlessly blends science, romance, and adolescence. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for Lucy Keating’s next book – I think she has a unique voice in YA and one that can only get better with time.
Date published: 2016-04-18

Editorial Reviews

“This story of the ultimate meet–cute just gets cuter and cuter.”