1.26.2015 | Monday


category: Book Reviews

Lucidtitle: Lucid
author: Adrienne Stoltz, Ron Bass
published: 2 October 2012
publisher: Razorbill
genre(s): contemporary, fantasy, romance, thrillers
pages: 352
source: bought
format: hardcover
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: five-stars

the blurb

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.

my review

This book was very different from pretty much anything I have read before!  I just don’t know how I feel about it.  It is a book that makes you think, the story line so unusual and so gripping.  I was totally engrossed, just needing to know what was happening.  But the book was a complete mind trip!

Sloane and Maggie were opposite ends of the spectrum.  Sloane is a good student, living with her family in Connecticut and crushing on the new guy.  Maggie doesn’t go to school anymore, needing the time for auditions, living a glamourous life in New York City.  The two couldn’t be more different.   But when they go to sleep each night, they dream of each other, despite never having met.  And this is where the mind bending comes in.  Who is real?  Who is a dream?

The story is told through the perspectives of each girl from chapter to chapter.  We get to know each of them so well, two complete and distinct girls.  But then when things start to fall apart near the end, it becomes almost impossible to separate them.  Both of them stand to lose everything and it is impossible to root for one over the other.  Both girls are vulnerable and good people and it is heart wrenching.  The ending is emotional and perplexing, the kind of conclusion that is completely open to the reader’s interpretation.

This is an intense book, full of love and loss.  It is a book that makes you think and I came with an infinite number of theories for why things were as they were.  Who is real and who isn’t?  What is insanity and what is dream?

About Adrienne Stoltz

She graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California with a Bachelor’s Degree. She is the writing partner of Ron Bass, a screenwriter in Los Angeles, California.

About Ron Bass

Ron Bass is the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Rain Man, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and The Joy Luck Club, among many others. He has collaborated on screenplays with Adrienne Stoltz for the past ten years.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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