Review – Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

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Lucid

by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

Summary: What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?
Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.
The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.
This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers’ hearts.

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Source: I purchased a paperback

Review:

Lucid was a strange book about the lives of two very different girls. They dreamt about each other’s lives each night, yet neither existed in the other’s world. I have conflicted feelings about the book and the ending makes it difficult to review because the things that I appreciated about it are things that are super spoiler-y and I don’t want to give anything away.The ending was extremely vague, leaving a lot up to interpretation, though I think a lot readers have come to a relatively similar conclusion. It can be frustrating to deal with such an ambiguous ending after a detailed novel in which we live their day to day lives in a small fraction of time.

The book was split into two narrations. Maggie was an actress living in New York City with her little sister and never present mom. Sloane was a student living in Mystic, Connecticut with her mom, dad, and brothers. They had very different lives. Maggie was lonely, but very energetic and she had a lot of opportunities. While I don’t believe she was happy being so neglected, she had the life that most teenagers would dream of. Sloane, who literally did dream about Maggie’s life, was the studious type, wanting to do well and go to a good college. She was a bit shy, didn’t really like the spotlight on her, and felt as if she lived an ordinary life.

Throughout the book, it wasn’t clear which one of the girls was real, if they both were, or if neither was real. It was the kind of thing I’d expect from a psychological thriller, but the book was completely contemporary. It wasn’t remotely dark and neither character felt mad or as if they were losing their grip on reality. It was the concept rolled into a typical YA contemporary, which was a bit weird, but certainly unique.

I enjoyed the book and I like the various thought processes I had when the book ended and I attempted to piece together my own theory about what actually happened and why. It was initially frustrating and I wish that book was more clear about the circumstances. Without the twist and concept, it was essentially 2 YA contemporary stories about falling in love. But the concept of dreaming about lives is in the synopsis and on the cover and is the reason people are picking up the book. so it’s frustrating that the whole thing was so vague. I was intrigued and as the story went on, I wondered what the conclusion would be and how the authors would surprise me and what the whole cause of their dreams would be. I felt like the story should have had a bigger wow factor. It’s almost as if the concept was what they ran with and they didn’t have a good reason as to why the two characters were dreaming about each other, like they began with a great concept and wrote themselves into a corner and chose a slightly ambiguous conclusion in order to get out of it and satisfy the story.

I would recommend the book as it’s enjoyable as a YA contemporary and the ending is weird enough to make you ponder about it for awhile. It’s missing a lot for me to really call it a great book, but any book that makes me sit around and stir up some thoughts about why things happened the way they did deserves a decent rating, even if it wasn’t as amazing as I initially expected.

Star 3

 

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