Day 68: Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
You know how many stories, whether in book or movie form, start with something like “Let me start at the beginning…”? Well I want to start with the ending. See, I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about Lucid until I got to the last 15% or so of the book. The ending sold me, I’m not going to immediately rush to see where this fits on my top x books ever list or anything crazy like that, but it solidified Lucid as a good read. It’s dramatic, intense, and it will rip your heart out if you let it. There is such a powerful array of emotions and both MCs trying to get a grip on what they think is reality that you can’t help but be swept into their plight.
Speaking of the MCs, I did enjoy reading about both Maggie and Sloane. However, every review I’ve read seems to pick a favorite, and mine will be no different as I did connect more with Sloane. She’s more reserved, she’s the book lover and desires to be a writer, all things I feel an intimate connection to. Her personality just meshes with mine. That doesn’t mean I didn’t connect with Maggie too, just not in the same way. I liked Maggie, her backbone, her sense of humor and take charge attitude were very appealing. In the end I just can’t not feel closer to a book lover you know? ^.^
The romances. Oh boy. See this is why I can’t jump up and down and squee over the awesomeness that one of my best bookish/twitter/bloggy friends Annabelle from Sparkles and Lightning finds in Lucid. We weren’t just given one love triangle, Stoltz gave us two. I understand, symmetry between the two characters, some things need to be similar so that the worlds can stay intact, etc. etc. but that didn’t make it drive me crazy any less. Don’t get me wrong, the love triangles were pretty well done, though I thought the Thomas/Andrew one was pretty obvious in its result. Regardless, multiple love triangles was just a bit much for my taste.
The plot was done in a slow buildup fashion, no two ways about it (ironically enough). As I said, the ending portion of the book was riveting, but it took quite a while to get there and some of the early-to-middle parts developed just a tad slower than I would have preferred. On the other side of the coin some of my favorite lines were in those sections, so maybe keeping everything in was worth it after all. I certainly wouldn’t want Jade’s character to be lessened even in the slightest, it was fantastic, so I’ll take the development speed in stride in this case. Little sister characters always get me darn it.
The psychological discussions and debates (even if mostly one sided) were enjoyable. I love that sort of material, and while I wasn’t blown away by the therapy bits, they were done well. I don’t know how much more Stoltz could have delved into the character’s “condition” so maybe going into the amount of detail that there was is a good thing. I do know that I need to read another good psychological book (maybe a mind-fuck, those are fun) after reading Lucid to keep that inner-mind vibe going.
Overall Lucid was a good read. There were certainly elements (mainly one) that I wasn’t fond of, but they didn’t overshadow the many positive aspects. I’m not going to rate it a perfect 5/5 (sorry Annabelle) but I think a solid and positive four reflects upon the book pretty accurately. Neither character was perfect and neither were either of their lives, so maybe the rating for them matches that. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 69 (insert joke here)!