Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)


Title: Dreamers Often Lie

Author: Jacqueline West 

Published Date: April 5th 2016

Genre:  YA


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Jaye wakes up from a skiing accident with a fractured skull, a blinding headache, and her grip on reality sliding into delusion. Determined to get back to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaye lies to her sister, her mom, her doctors. She’s fine, she says. She’s fine. If anyone knew the truth – that hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters have followed her from her hospital bed to the high school halls – it would all be over. She’s almost managing to pull off the act when Romeo shows up in her anatomy class. And it turns out that he’s 100% real. Suddenly Jaye has to choose between lying to everyone else and lying to herself.

Troubled by the magnetic new kid, a long-lost friend turned recent love interest, and the darkest parts of her family’s past, Jaye’s life tangles with Shakespeare’s most famous plays until she can’t tell where truth ends and pretending begins. Soon, secret meetings and dizzying first kisses give way to more dangerous things. How much is real, how much is in Jaye’s head, and how much does it matter as she flies toward a fate over which she seems to have no control?

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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph’s  Review***
The first thing about this book that caught my eye was the cover, I loved it! I then read the blurb and it instantly attracted my attention. I was so excited to receive the book that I jumped right in as soon as it arrived. The book started with a bang (literally as Jaye received a head injury) and proceeded to maintain a fast pace throughout the story. The reason that this is a 4 star and not a 5 star read is the ending….it didn’t do any justice to the story. It just ended leaving the reader in a perpetual state of confusion….I went back and read the last chapter twice more and nothing. It was a total disappointment….

The books spends a lot of time referencing Shakespeare plays and characters and while that is not my favorite, it surprisingly didn’t bother me at all. The appearance of the characters just seemed to blend into the story and after the first few times the reader kept expecting them. The plot was unique and the characters were compelling. I enjoyed the love triangle and the entanglements that went with it all while keeping the book clean. I still just didn’t like the ending….

This is an author that I would read again in the future and look forward to seeing how her next book goes. Add this to your TBR list and if you love Shakespeare then you really should read this…if you don’t you will still enjoy it, but maybe not as much. Overall it is a good solid story, but that ending though….


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