by Lucy Keating
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 12th 2016
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve always had a fascination with books with dreams as a main plot. I liked the idea of Alice dreaming about Max long before meeting him. It was particularly interesting to see the way the dreams turned weird and actually came across as dreams, rather than being completely logical.
It was nice to see the book written entirely from Alice’s POV. I enjoyed getting to know her as a character through the course of the book and I especially liked seeing her relationship with her father. I really didn’t like what I learned of her mother… even though there weren’t a lot of details about her.
There was a very surreal feeling for most of the book, but that did make sense towards the end. I did enjoy seeing Alice’s friendship with Oliver, who was quite an amusing character, though the more I learned of him, the more sympathetic I felt towards him. It was good to learn a bit more of the history between him and Max.
Although I really don’t like love triangles, I thought that the one in this book made sense, but I did feel that too much of the storyline was glossed over. It would have been good to see more interactions involving Celeste, particularly given that she didn’t seem to play much of a part later on.
I really did like seeing Sophia’s friendship with Alice. It was good to see that Alice did have a friend who believed her and who she could talk to. However, I did think that everyone believed in the dreams a bit too quickly. The plot was quite simple, with very little in the way of surprises.
While there wasn’t much in the way of action, there were some really emotional scenes, particularly involving Max and Alice. I thought it was good to see their interactions together… and certain things I learned did make me a bit sad.
I would be interested in reading more books by this author in the future. This book was simple and easy to read. I did like the ending and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It would be good to see more of the secondary characters in the future.
When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.