(Cover/synopsis from Goodreads.com)
By: Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
Publication: July 1st, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance
Synopsis: 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.
Dream Boy was an interesting read. Definitely unique. So much paranormal stuff revolves around vampires, zombies, aliens, etc. People from your dreams who come alive? That spells ‘different’ with a capital D.
Annabelle was an okay protagonist for me. I found her annoying at some points-at the beginning it seemed like she would only believe she was beautiful if Martin told her so. Yes, she’s a teen girl, but if I was Annabelle’s friend, I’d be quick to tell her that no guy’s opinion should ultimately make her feel bad or good about herself. Throughout the story, I kept thinking that if I were in Annabelle’s position, I’d be asking more questions, trying to be more involved. Annabelle never really gets in on the action until the ending.
As for the rest of the characters, most felt pretty real to me. The only stereotype present, the one that’s been used in YA novels constantly-and in most movies for tweens/teens, is the Queen Bee. So someone’s pretty or popular, that doesn’t automatically make her awful, does it?
Annabelle hates this girl named Stephanie, who is the “Queen Bee” of this book. Honestly, I can’t even remember any reasons Annabelle states for hating Stephanie, no stories of humiliation or bullying popped up, so, does Annabelle just hate her for no reason? They don’t even have that much of a history.
Let’s talk Martin, then.
If I dreamt someone up and they just showed up at my school, I would probably have a freak out. I wouldn’t start kissing him the first time I met him (*cough* *cough* Annabelle) and I probably would find a guy like Martin to be creepy. He says to Annabelle, “You’re perfect.” Does she really believe him? He’s not perfect! She’s not perfect! End of story.
Annabelle and Martin’s relationship isn’t real in my opinion. Maybe it works in dreams, but not in reality. I preferred Will (Annabelle’s longtime best friend) and Annabelle better as a couple. Will was funny, sweet, and just better overall. Speaking of Will, I didn’t really feel that the ending of Dream Boy was much of a closure to his story. What really happened to him? Did he and Annabelle get together? I’d be open to reading a sequel to Dream Boy.
Onto the paranormal aspect:
The idea of dreams becoming real was awesome. I can see the authors using this idea in the future. Imagine if Annabelle dreamed up Harry Potter and he was the boy that showed up at her school? The possibilities are endless, and that’s one of the things that I find to be a trait of good books.When anything is possible in the character’s world, the readers can let their imaginations take the reins and wonder what the authors are going to do next in the already established world.
The nightmare little girl was scary, but a little bit undeveloped in my opinion. So she wants to kill Annabelle? That’s every other antagonist ever written into an adventure story’s goal. I wanted to know more about this girl. What’s her name? Is she really a little girl? How could she ‘become’ Annabelle? I didn’t really get that much of an explanation, but, hopefully I will if there’s a sequel.
Summing it up:
Dream Boy will most likely be popular among teen girls. I enjoyed most parts of the story, even if I did have the occasional annoyance with the characters/plot. I’m hoping for an update from the authors on Goodreads about a sequel.
My rating: 3.5 stars.