Book Review Dream Boy

Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett

Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 1st 2014
ARC from Netgalley
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Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.

One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

Review:

What if your dreams came true and your dream boy suddenly became real? Annabelle’s world goes still when the boy of her dreams walks into her class. She may have imagined him, but she never imagined him walking, talking, breathing AND going to school with her. When Annabelle learns there is a thin line between dreams and reality, she also finds out that nightmares can happen in both.

“I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape.”

Let me just say that I was very excited to read Dream Boy before I got into it. Such is the case with most of the books I pick up, but this one in particular enchanted me with its imaginative concept. I mean the boy of your dreams suddenly comes to life? While this isn’t exactly unheard of (I mean- we’ve all imagined this at one point-right?), I liked how Mary and Madelyn turned it into something more paranormal and fantastical. I liked the way the authors vividly presented the world of dreams (even just the small town setting, really) although I wish there’d been more backstory. Still, I found the whole idea creative, and liked how it made the book unique.

“For most dreams there are no real beginnings. Only middles.”

It’s not just that, though. I liked that the book, the story, the plot was solid and harmonious. I felt like I was reading just one author- I never felt jolted by sudden changes in the writing or anything of thee like. Mary and Madelyn did a great job creating and unifying Dream Boy and they crafted a handful of interesting characters together. I liked Annabelle, who I empathized with, especially with how she felt stuck in Chilton and longed for what was (or who was) in her dreams instead. I liked that she was also artistic and that she loved her friends and family. That said, I wish we’d been able to dig deeper into her character, as well as with the secondary characters- Martin, her dream boy, Will, her closest friend for the longest time, and the rest of the gang. I felt like I still had so much more to know about them but never got the chance to because the latter part focused on the conflict.

“Here’s the things about being scared: When it’s actually happening, and you’re not just thinking about how it might happen, the fear does something strange. It sets you free.”

Regarding the romance, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t feel Martin’s dreaminess. But that’s probably because I was already rooting for someone else from the very first chapter, particularly, Will Connor. He was the guy best friend, he liked wearing geeky shirts and he liked photography. How could I not like him? He is my kind of dream boy. And of course he’s been in love with with Annabelle forever and she doesn’t know it (which I feel is very obvious from the start so I don’t think it’s a spoiler) and it makes me ship them more.

“It turns out there are no clear lines, just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.”

Finally, I just enjoyed how compelling Dream Boy was. And of course the best friend romance (however oblivious the the MC was about it) was winner. Plus, one of the secondary characters is supposedly from the Philippines. It’s just nice to have my home country mentioned in a book (even if it was just that one time). Overall, I found Dream Boy to be a good book and I would totally recommend it for people who are interested in reading about the world of dreams.

Rating:

three point five

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21 thoughts on “Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett + Giveaway

  1. The fashion model Miles McMillan. If you Google him and take one look you will not have to ask me why!! Oh, and he is also a painter. I love artists. :)

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    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 8:25 am
  2. OH MY! I’m getting the chance to review this too, and it looks lovely! I’m glad you liked it Hazel!

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:24 am
  3. Awesome review, Hazel! It got me even more excited to read this book. Hopefully I’ll win your giveaway haha. ;)

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:30 am
  4. my dream boy would be none other than Michael Clifford because he’s beautiful, he may not even know I exist but he never fails to make me smile even in my darkest days, I love him because he’s a dork (an adorable one) just everything about him just makes me fall for him harder everyday

    amazing review Hazel! looking forward to reading this book soon

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:50 am
  5. Another great review from you~ my dream boy would be Josh Hutcherson since he’s cute and I think he’s fun to be with. I hope I’ll win! :)

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:56 am
  6. I’m really curious to see what this nightmare is that comes along with the dream boy! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:56 am
  7. My dream boy would be Luke Hemmings because he’s an amazing singer and one of the sweetest people ever.

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm
  8. I don’t really read a lot of paranormal novels, but I think that the concept of your “dream boy” coming to life is absolutely fascinating! I’m glad the writing was fluid even with the two authors.

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm
  9. I have had a few dreams lately that I would NOT want them to come true. I would cry ;). Great review!

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm
  10. I don’t really have a dream boy. I don’t really fangirl over celeb crushed & haven’t found the perfect book boyfriend just yet! I do think Dave Franco & Ian are really cute though.

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:03 am
    1. ** celeb crushes. Can’t wait to read the book. The concept is a bit original.

      Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:04 am
  11. I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the giveaway and good luck to everyone entering!

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:05 am
  12. My dream boy is William Herondale from The Infernal Devices trilogy. You swoon if you so much as think of him.

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm
  13. Dream boy → Aaron Warner !!! ♥

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 6:38 am
  14. I have a dream boy in mind but he hasn’t been put down together yet. The closest one is would probably be Frank Porter from Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. Dream Boy looks really good! Wish I would win *fingers crossed* :)

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    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 7:32 am
  15. I love the cover of this book. It’s been on my TBR list for a while – maybe it’s time to bump it up a bit?

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    Posted on July 20, 2014 at 7:14 am
  16. My dream boys are Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer Trilogy and Will Herondale from TID and of course Christian Grey <3

    Posted on July 20, 2014 at 9:55 am
  17. I have lots of dream boys, mostly from books or celebrities. Right now, my dream boy is Ian Somerhalder. His eyes are so blue, and he started ISF, which aims to make the world a better place.

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    Posted on July 20, 2014 at 10:30 am
  18. My dream boy is…Luke Hemmings, the vocalist of 5 Seconds of Summer. He’s currently on tour with his friends and here I am admiring him from afar.

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:05 am
  19. My dream boy is Will Herondale from TID because he’s perfect- midnight blue eyes, reads books, a shadowhunter.. I mean, what more could you want? But if I had to pick a real-life one, it would be Will Behlendorf of IM5, because he read tfios 8 times and cried every time- and his idea of a perfect afternoon involves reading a stack of books. Interesting that they’re both named Will,huh?

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 2:11 am
  20. Hmm, does he have to be real? I recently finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and Mal would be my dream (book) boy because he’s so devoted to what he loves.

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm