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Review: Dream Boy ( Madelyn Rosenberg)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA older MG
Pages: 336
Publisher: July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781402295836
Genre: mystery, paranormal
Source: eARC from Netgalley

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. 

This. Book. 

I really don't know how/why it's getting 4 star reviews on Goodreads. The idea is beyond my understanding. I really felt like I was being generous with 3 stars at times. 

Let me start by saying that the flow of the plot held me back from loving this book. I was around 60% complete before something "good" started to happen. Something that made me go "oh, hey now" instead of mindlessly reading. Needless to say, it was super slow at times.

With that being said, I can mention the characters. Annabelle just annoyed me for some reason. I cannot exactly put my finger on it, but she did not impress me at all. In fact, she was a bit annoying. The idea behind Dream Boy is highly original, so I can say it's fresh. But I just wasn't buying the whole "let me love the boy from my (literal) dreams from day one" thing.  Maybe I'm crazy, but if lover boy showed up to my school from my dreams, my first reaction would be WTFizzle just happened. It would NOT be hey boy, remember that dreamy kiss? Let's do it again. So Annabelle gets a big wah wah from me, and Martin/Josh gets a super wah wah wah (cue cheesy game show sounds). If you told me Martin/Josh was an alien, I would totally buy that based on how he acted. His speech patterns and way of explaining things were definitely weird. I was not impressed.

I was also not impressed with the setting. Dream Boy takes place in a small town somewhere, and it really could be Anywhere, USA. There was nothing descriptive or even tangible to hold on to.  It felt under developed and lacking.

The one thing I did enjoy was the best friend, Will. The banter between Annabelle and Will was believable and I adored it. There should have been more. He was the character that kept me reading. 

So, this is going to be another book that you will either love or dismiss. It's going to be up to the reader to form his/her own opinion. This girl, however, was unmoved.  


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