Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: Dream Boy by Mary Crockett & Madelyn Rosenburg

I rated it 2 out of 5 stars.

Overview: 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: Oh man, I really wanted to like this one, but I didn't. I think this is the first two-star rating I have given on my blog (one stars are reserved from books I can't even finish because I don't want to waste my time). So why a two-star? PREDICTABLE. Everything that happened was so predictable. The characters were so obvious, I mean cleary you can see who's into who. Everything is spelled out for you which takes some fun out of the reading. You would think with two writers on this book that they could have seen how predictable and obvious it all is.

Alright, I know what you're thinking, Michelle, give the book some slack, it is a young adult book for christ's sake not an American literary masterpiece. And though I do understand that this is directed for young adults, I think they should be challenged in what they read. They should think for themselves and come to their own conclusions. This was a 'fun' little plot book, but it was too obvious for my sake. I only read half and skimmed the rest. The more I buy books that I don't really end up liking, the more it makes me want to go to the library and just borrow books. However, I know buying books is a way to support the author, which is why I continue to buy them, but man, I keep getting disappointed as of late.

One book I wasn't disappointed in this week? Made For You by Melissa Marr. A review of that one will be posted sometime this week!


  1. hmm. very interesting.
    You know, it makes me reflect on my own writing. Now I'm thinking if certain moments/outcomes were predictable.
    Anyway, sorry you didn't like. I've been wanting to read it. You've given me food for though.

    1. Yeah same here. The best way for me to learn how to improve my writing is to read. If you've been wanting to read it, you should check it out. It just didn't fit my personal taste.

  2. We can't love all books, and not all books are worth loving. I think us writers hate to admit that most of all.
    The plot still sounded interesting. Too bad it was so predictable.

    1. True. Maybe someone will love and absolutely adore this book, but it just wasn't for me.

      The plot was what hooked me to read it and if it would have surprised and shocked me with some twists and turns, I feel like I would have been along for the ride.

  3. Sounds like it had potential. I love the cover!
    My thing about YA has always been, I don't want to read books that are "aimed" at teenagers. I just want great reads irregardless of how old the protagonist is. There is never any excuse for dumbing things down in a YA book or even MG for that matter.