What Dreams May Come: In Dreams, book 1 by Beth M. Honeycutt
Published: May 2014, 249 pages
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Reality is overrated. Or so Ellie Cross has always believed.
Ellie is an ordinary, nothing-special girl who feels invisible most of the time. She’s the kind of girl who would loan her lunch money to anyone, but she’s definitely not the kind of girl to get noticed. Well, except by her mom, who constantly nags her not to be such a dreamer, and the class bully who makes her life miserable. It’s kinda grim for a girl who’s already painfully shy and all-too-aware that she “takes work.”
But Ellie has a best friend, someone she can turn to whenever she has a problem. Well, some might call him an imaginary friend, since they’ve never actually met outside of dreams.
And, sure, Ellie knows it’s kinda weird to have a friend no one else can see, but since her real-world friends currently number one, she figures an imaginary friend can only improve her social life. Even better, since he isn’t real, she can tell dream-guy-Gabe anything, without ever worrying that he’ll ditch her for someone cooler or embarrass her by blabbing her secrets. And so what if she happens to have an itsy-bitsy crush on her reality-challenged friend? Who’s it hurting, really?
But things are about to get complicated, because there’s a new guy in school—a guy with hauntingly familiar eyes. A guy who knows things about Ellie that he shouldn’t have any way of knowing…
I've read a lot of books about dreams lately and they're all unique. What Dreams May Come tells the story of Ellie. Ellie has a best friend, but the problem is, she's never met him in real life. Gabe is there for her for everything, even though her mom calls her a dreamer. Her mom has sent her to therapists to try and cure Ellie from her imaginary friend, but Ellie doesn't know what she'd do without him.
Ellie is a super sweet and extremely nice girl, which means she's often the target of the class bully. Her best school friend is a perfect fit for her and helps her through school the best she can. One day, Ellie is surprised to find a new student in class and he seems to know an awful lot about her. Although the popular girls try and sink their claws into him, he only has eyes for Ellie.
I thought the way the dreams worked was very creative. I enjoyed seeing Ellie blossom and develop confidence in herself. Of course, Gabe is the most awesome best friend ever, not to mention the most dream-worthy guy ever (pun intended).
I'm interested to see where this series goes.
Content: no language that I can recall; very mild violence; mild romance. Clean!
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