Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Genre: YA Dreams
Source: ARC Gift from Mostly YA Book Obsessed
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Sloane and Maggie are two complely different girls with the same full name. Maggie has dark hair and lives in New York working as an actress. Her mom is never around but she loves her sister Jade. Sloane has blonde hair, two loving parents, brothers, great friends, and goes to high school in Connecticut. But when they go to sleep they dream about the other one's day. At first I was a bit confused about how they know that the other one is indeed dreaming their life but I guess they figured it out from observing during the dream. They do talk about attempting to find the other girl by looking them up where they live but have never found them.
Then for a big part of the book the dream part kind of takes a backseat. I felt the main theme of the book was about finding love and allowing yourself to be loved and even how to love. Both girls are unsure if they can ever find love and if they do how do they know it is real? Seems like a serious thing to think about at 17 but honestly I have thought about it since I was 17 so it felt real and relatable to me. Maggie is dating Thomas but is it because she likes him or that he might be able to give her career a big break but she also met Andrew, a film student who is becoming her best friend and maybe more. Sloane has a great best friend named Gordy but falling for the new guy James and also not over the loss of her best friend Bill.
These girl's struggle to find love is at times beautiful and other times heartbreaking. I felt especially sad over Sloane's loss of Bill. With Maggie I just wanted her to hurry up and get with her new friend Andrew and I wanted Sloane to get with her friend Gordy. But these girls were very unsure of who to give their heart to. They are very vulnerable with many family and friend problems. I really became attached to the characters. It is hard for me to explain why I loved them. The writing was just very emotional. But then when I got towards the last 100 pages I was completely confused!
The dream worlds and different girls lives collide and I didn't have a clue who was who and had to look at the chapter titles which shows which girl is currently narrating. The ending was so sad (was totally balling my eyes out) and sweet but at the same time I can't honestly even tell you what the heck happened?!?!?! I have been questioning people that read it and have yet to truly figure out for sure what the ending means!!!! That is my biggest compliant. I love dream books and understand they come with confusion, which is part of the fun and mystery, but by the end of the book I would like to finally have everything spelled out to me and be sure of what happened which I wasn't. But don't let the weird ending put you off. The story was very beautifully written and I really cared about what happened to these girls.
If I fell in love, I wouldn't be lonely. Not that I am. But how do you fall in love? Is it really something that conveniently "just happens" to you? Or is it something that you have to make happen, see your opportunity and don't let it get away? Even though I'm only seventeen, I have this scary conviction that if it was going to happen, it would have happened already. I mean it's even happened to Sloane. Even though I'm the only one who knows that.
Doing a reasonable imitation of Ryan's voice, Andrew waggles his eyebrows: "Mags. I want you. To have sex with me. So that you'll thin I'm getting Macauley to give you a role, but I'm also having sex with five other actresses, promising them the same thing."
"Hey. At least I'd get to have sex with him"
That stops him cold. It also revealed that he is utterly and overwhelmingly jealous. I love, love, love that.
"We're both lucky we found each other. I mean, I don't know what I'd do with the rest of my life if I ever lost her. Crazy, huh?"