Alice has made up the perfect boy, and she sees him every time she dreams. He is sweet and fun and takes her on crazy adventures, and makes sure she’s always safe. She is madly in love with him and no other boy will ever compare. But then she moves to a different city, and on her first day at her new school she sees him. Max. The boy she dreams about nearly every night. Only this time he’s very real.
WARNING: Spoilers Ahead
I love the cover of this book. Its gorgeous. The colors are so intense and pretty against the white and I just can’t stop looking at it. The story however is less captivating. I liked the book, but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be. Not a whole lot happens.
Alice moves to a new place and meets Max in real life only he doesn’t seem to know who she is and has no interest in getting to know her and he has a very pretty, very popular girlfriend. So she is broken hearted for a few days.
Then she discovers that Max does know who she is because he dreams about her too, he was just pretending he didn’t because he didn’t know how to handle it. So then Alice is super happy.
But Max still mostly pretends he doesn’t know her when they’re in public because he doesn’t want his girlfriend to know about their dream selves. And even though Dream Max is in love with Dream Alice, real Max doesn’t want to be with her. So Alice is broken hearted again.
It goes back and forth for a while.
The big plot driver isn’t their relationship though. Its the fact that now that Max and Alice know each other in real life their brains are losing the ability to tell between dreams and reality and their dreams are slowly bleeding into their reality. In essence, they are going crazy and hallucinating. But they think the hallucinations are real. So they have to go seem a sleep specialist to fix it.
Overall I was disappointed by the lack of things happening. The story was cute and the idea intriguing, but I felt like the plot fell through. The romance between Max and Alice was unable to support the lack of things happening since the romance between Max and Alice is terrible.
For the entirety of the book, Alice wants Max. She loves him and she wants to be with him. Max however can’t seem to make up his mind. One minute he’s kissing Alice and the next he’s telling her he’s not sure if this thing between them is worth getting into because they’re too different. And then when Alice expresses fear that things won’t work out between them (possibly because Max is so hot and cold with her) Max gets angry at her. But then when she admits that maybe he was right about her and her insecurities and apologizes to him, he says she was right and walks out on her.
In the end they end up together but I couldn’t get excited about because I was so tired of the way Max was treating Alice and the way Alice was always waiting for Max to come back to her.
But I didn’t hate it. I got a little frustrated and bored but it wasn’t a bad book and I think it will be quite enjoyable to some people.
So give it a shot and let me know what you think!