Jul 4, 2014
Title: Dream Boy
Author: Madelyn Rosenberg, Mary Crockett
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
Imagine a world where not only dreams become reality, but so do nightmares…
It all begins with Josh, a blue-eyed hunk who appears in Annabelle’s dreams. Never believing for a moment that he could ever be real, Annabelle’s shocked when a boy who shares his exact physical appearance shows up at her school, introducing himself as Martin Zirkle, the new guy in town. Annabelle can’t help but stalk him every chance she gets, trying to get a closer look, and through her efforts, she discovers that Martin is her blue-eyed Dream Boy.
When she discovers that Martin did appear from of her dreams, the next question becomes, was he the only one?
I really appreciated the concept of the novel; Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett created a world where both dreams and nightmares could become reality. Now, I have to ask, how scary would it be if that could truly happen? That’s what went through my mind when I read the synopsis of Dream Boy, and I immediately knew I had to request a copy. I was actually lucky enough to receive an ARC thanks to the wonderful people at Sourcebooks.
In addition to the overall premise of Dream Boy, I appreciated the character development between the main characters as well as the secondary. Among all the characters, my favorite would have to be Annabelle’s best friend, Will. He was down to earth, genuine, likeable, and regardless of Martin, he always had Annabelle’s back like a best friend would.
Dream Boy was addictive! I began reading it at 10:00pm before bed, and ended up staying up all night to finish reading it at 3:00am the next morning! The suspense kept building throughout the novel, and I was not expecting the twists unravelled at its conclusion. There were also many occasions where, despite the time I was reading, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. I would definitely recommend Dream Boy to those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction with a Paranormal twist.
Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett, thank you for sharing this fun story! Now, please write a sequel?