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. – Goodreads.com
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.
Dream Boy is scheduled for publication July 1, 2014. This reviewed is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.