Dream Boy

Dream Boy

by Mary Crockett, Madelyn Rosenberg

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Dream Boy by Mary Crockett, Madelyn Rosenberg

"a mysterious adventure where romances, friendships and even the power of dreams are tested. You don't want to miss out on this exciting and totally unique adventure."—Girls' Life.com

A thrilling, romantic young adult novel that, like a dream, will have you questioning what is real. Martin is the boy of Annabelle's dreams. Literally. When he suddenly appears at her high school, Annabelle is giddy with excitement...until she realizes if dreams can come true, then so can nightmares.

Annabelle's dreams have started coming to life. Which is great when you're dreaming about a gorgeous guy whose purpose in life is to win the Best Boyfriend Ever Award. And then Dream Boy walks into your science class. Talk about the perfect date to homecoming. But not all of Annabelle's dreams are so...friendly. And when the dream stops, the nightmare begins...

It was all just brain waves, I thought—disconnected, like the notebook my friend Talon keeps. She draws a line down the middle; on the right she writes everything she remembers about a dream, and on the left notes about what's happening in real life. Reality on one side, dreams on the other, a clear line between the two.

But it turns out there are no clear lines—just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.

"The authors expertly weave the real world and the mysterious world of dreams—where we access our deepest desires—in a perfect blend."—Eric Orloff, author of In Dreams

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402295836
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 662,966
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Dream Boy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
cnifong More than 1 year ago
I'm not a teen reader, but I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting and surprising read. Pick it up for an exciting trip into a town with a confounding secret and a host of heart-warming characters. You'll be glad you did.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
When I saw that Dream Boy by author Madelyn Rosenberg was about I was so, so eager to get reading. The premise was interesting and unlike anything else I had ever heard of before—which was made me so eager to get reading. A novel about a boy from your dreams that shows up in real life? Who wouldn’t want something like that! To say the least after finishing Dream Boy, you might not want that as much as you’d think. In Dream Boy, Annabelle Manning has dreams about the beautiful, irresistible Josh. He’s perfect. Everything that a dream boy would be. Sadly Josh is just a part of her imagination and will never become a part of her reality. Or so Annabelle thinks up until she sees him standing in the doorway of her classroom in real life. Suddenly Josh is very, very real except that he isn’t Josh at all. His name is Martin Zirkle and he knows exactly who he is to Annabelle. None of her friends want to believe it. Even Annabelle isn’t quite sure about what’s happening and then she starts to have nightmares. Terrifying nightmares that have her worried that if she can bring one figment of her imagination to life what’s stopping her nightmare from becoming a part of her reality too? What got me right off the bat with Dream Boy is that the introductory chapter is beautifully written. It pulled me in and kept me interested in the entire novel. It’s absolutely perfect. The writing in Dream Boy is, for the most part, very well-written in terms of properly expressing Annabelle’s thoughts and the setting, major plot-points, etc. When it comes to more romantic scenes that involve kisses and the like there isn’t as much detail with, for some readers, might be a turn-off. I personally didn’t pay it much mind. Dream Boy wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as it is without Martin’s character. He’s a boy who knows that he isn’t from this world and has only been in it for a limited amount of time. Everything is new to him and some of the comments he makes are just unintentionally hilarious on his part. His feelings for Annabelle are what drive him to do a lot of possessive, territorial things around her friend Will, which are all cause for entertaining scenes. I do feel like Martin’s character doesn’t do much growth through the novel but hope that if we get to see him again in the future his character gets to see more development. And though their romance does play a key role in the novel’s plot, the romance between Annabelle and Martin isn’t very organic.  The entire cast of characters in Dream Boy is very diverse. I personally took a liking to Annabelle’s best friend Talon who is very cool and very intelligent when it comes to helping Annabelle uncover just what’s at work here. Annabelle herself is a character who I couldn’t relate with but that isn’t to say that other readers might be able to. The big bad antagonist in Dream Boy is pretty intimidating and the nightmares that Annabelle has are very well-described. There’s a constant foreboding presence while reading the novel which makes it feel more ominous than you’d imagine. If there is a book 2 I can’t wait to see just how everything plays out for Annabelle and the others. I would recommend Dream Boy to readers who are looking for a novel with a unique plot. To readers who are looking for a novel that’s borderline paranormal- romance and to any readers who are just looking for a new novel that will keep them hooked throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially ordered and read "Dream Boy" because one of the authors was a professor at my college. I was so glad I did! This is a terrific Young Adult novel that will appeal to adults as well as teens. It has a little bit of something for everyone. There is paranormal horror, there is romance, there are fantastic evolutions in family and friend relationships. The authors have a voice that will engage readers and keep them reading; I could not put the book down, because I had to know what would happen next (specifically, before I went to sleep and dreamed that my dreams might come to life...) While there is a trend towards the creepy and paranormal in YA literature these days, something I really loved about "Dream Boy" was the way in which the characters problem solved and developed theories about what could and could not happen when dreams came to life. There was a perfect balance of teen drama, meaningful philosophizing, and real-life challenges. I will be re-ordering this fantastic book as a gift several times in the near future!
Paperback_Wonderland More than 1 year ago
Arc provided by Sourcebooks Fire through Netgalley In case the five star rating isn't obvious enough, I loved this story! ~inserts huge grin and lots and lots of fangirling~ It must be difficult being an author in our time and age striving for originality. Let's face it: The publishing market has been flooded by vampires, demons, zombies, werewolves and so on and on. If it has a paranormal trait, chances are it has been read and re-read by the public. This one... well some authors have used it as well, but in a dramatically lesser scale. And as far as everything I've read... never like this. In the small town of Chilton, Virginia, Annabelle is your typical high school student. She feels trapped in her life. She feels like she's not going anywhere, and only her friends keep her grounded in her life and mostly sane. Her best friend is Will Connor and... getting into the southern spirit, he's the cool wind to her bigger than life existence. Will is the friend every girl wants to have. He has an incredible mind and just the right dose of wittiness in him. As you can read, this sounds like a very YA type of story but, the good kind of YA! Where the characters aren't cardboard stereotypes, having instead a life of their own: a chaotic, messy, real teenager's lives. It was great! The authors were able to create a vast number of characters, each of them perfectly defined and, most importantly of all, interesting to read about! There's girl power. There's healthy, normal girls' friendship, which _in case you've been reading the latest YA books_ you know how hard it is to find!! Annabelle falls in love, but that doesn't mean that that will be the story's single plot, with a whole lot of drama and teen angst. Definitely not!! This is one of the sanest YA books I've ever read! And it has a paranormal twist! So yes, this was masterfully crafted!! The first page is perfect. It sets the tone for what is coming, but it also snares us completely. Please bear in mind that this is an ARC and, as such, susceptible to changes: "I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you pulled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away." I dare you to begin this book, and being able to DNF it. The writing is pretty much perfect. They may be teenagers, but they do know how to properly speak, and I couldn't help but appreciate the small tidbits that would be "carelessly" thrown once in awhile (lol)... so we could see that these kids have a solid cultural background. Perfect balance between: I'm funny... and smart. Try to keep up with me! Ever read a story where you feel like the characters of the book you're reading would be BFF with another book's characters? O_O Well, I have. The first time was with author Jenn Bennett's character "Jupe (Jupiter)". The kid is so amazing that I couldn't help but think that he would be right at home with Sarah Rees Brennan's The Lynburn Legacy world. And now, for the second time, I find characters so interesting that I couldn't help thinking: Hey, Talon has the potential to be Angela's best friend! They're both secondary characters, but they definitely know how to steal the main character's spotlight. In case you're not "computing", this means that I really, really like them!! So, perfect writing, perfect characters, a love interest... with a small dash of love triangle in it (I know!! But it's really small, and it works!), perfect plot! The plot! It was so good! And you know why? Because the characters question what is happening to them, they don't fall into easy plotholes. Imagine what would happen if your dreams started coming true... if people from your dreams started appearing in real life. After a while would you be able to differentiate reality from dreams? And what would happen if the same thing happened with nightmares? Imagine a creepy nightmare stalking you and your friends in our average day routine. Imagine lots and lots of creepy, slithering reptiles... Ugh. The last part is amazing. I honestly couldn't read it fast enough. I wanted to know what was going to happen, while at the same time dreading the outcome! Perfect. Oh, and the cover? Completely enticing, and knowing that the tree with the bottles hanging on its branches plays such a big part on the story, just makes it even more perfect. Definitely recommended! The only thing that left me a little... unsatisfied (a tiny little bit) was the ending... I wanted a few more pages! Something from Annabelle or even Will's point of view, would have been nice. In the end, everything is pretty much resolved, as much as one can resolve things in a plot with a paranormal setting, but I can't help wondering if there's going to be another book... or books? Either way I'm happy. Of course having loved this, I wouldn't mind getting back into this world.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Dreams and their interpretations have always interested me, so this book quickly caught my interest. Although I've read something similar to the concept of this novel, it wasn't exactly the same and I found it very imaginative. I loved Annabelle's voice - she was humorous, sarcastic, and completely believable as an insecure high school girl and I laughed out loud more than once. Having come from a small town myself, her comments about Chilton brought back some memories. As much as I enjoyed Annabelle, my favorite character was Will. He wasn't afraid to be himself and give honest opinions and knew some of the most random facts I've ever heard. He also wore some pretty cool T-shirts! I would classify this book as YA paranormal, but it gradually evolved into very mild horror, a direction I didn't mind at all and felt that it set this book apart from the typical YA paranormal. Although I really enjoyed reading this book, I felt as if the ending was rather abrupt and left maybe too much to the reader's imagination. I would have liked more closure with some aspects of the plot. This reviewed is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.