Book Review: Lucid

Genres: Young Adult; Romance; Paranormal Fantasy

Rating:  4.5 stars


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.

Wow. Just… wow. That was certainly a rollercoaster of weird.
Everything about this novel was masterfully done, each word designed to break my heart when all was said and done. And, much to my heart’s chagrin, it worked.
What I loved about this book is that, despite the incredibly perplexing plot, it is all about one simple theme- love. Finding it, losing it, living in it. Each girl finds herself wondering what it means to be in love- is it safe, like Gordy? Is it easy, like Thomas? Is it wild, like James? Is it comforting, like Andrew? I am amazed that this book manages to include two- not one, but two- love triangles, and I don’t hate it. The love interests make sense in each scenario. When Maggie and Sloane make their choices, they are growing up and out of their childhood, and into their future. It is wonderful to be able to experience this with them.
When their lives start to converge, towards the end, the girls are on their way to finding themselves. Instead, they lose themselves in each other. They cannot tell who is real, who is not. They don’t even know if they are real. That’s when things start getting complicated. As they start to unravel, the worlds began to merge in my head, and I was just as clueless as them as to who is living. I still am not sure what happened. All I know is that it destroyed me- I was crying for quite some time.
The closest thing I can compare this book to is Now You See Me (the movie). I’ve also heard it compared to Black Swan, Inception, and Momento. If you liked any of these, then I recommend this book to you, because it is similarly mind-boggling.

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