Thursday, March 22

Life Is But a Dream by Brian James

Life Is But A Dream by Brian James
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel And Friends
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240

Summary: Alec and Sabrina are crazy in love. Problem is: Sabrina’s really crazy.

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? Her decision may have fatal consequences.

My Thoughts: Oh gosh, we jump right into Sabrina's head and realize she isn't exactly normal. She is diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been taken to the Wellness Center to get better. Sabrina doesn't actually think she's sick. She doesn't really understand why everyone thinks she is even if she does have dreams and sees things differently from the way they really are. In her mind, this is normal. We also experience flashbacks throughout the novel, giving us insight into Sabrina's world.

We than meet Alec who is also in the Wellness Center. He's in there for a little different reason than Sabrina. At first you figure he's pretty harmless but than you start to wonder if that is true when you learn more about him.

Sabrina and Alec see the world a lot alike. They also feel like everyone else are the different ones and society are the ones that want to conform everyone to be the same.

Sabrina and Alec are a good pair, sort of. I'm surprised they didn't try to keep them apart more though.

Honestly, I'm not going to say much else about this one. I just wanted to write up a few quick sentences. Life Is But A Dream just wasn't the book for me. Probably because its not all rainbows and sunshine. I prefer my romance books to be all about the epic battle to be together and the sweet moments. This book was rough in a few ways. I also felt sorry for Sabrina and I didn't like seeing her struggle with her battle. I didn't like the way the doctors treated her but I do understand why and they were just doing their jobs.

Overall: This book was just ok for me. I think if you like the kind of books focusing on illnesses than you'll enjoy it more than me. It was also very very detailed and at times I wanted to skip ahead because I just felt myself not really caring too much. This book was alright but not for me but I did finish it at least. To sum it up, it was just alright, I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it.  Hopefully you like it more than me.

Cover: Like it. It's very pretty. Like the way the girl is laying.

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Melissa said...

Super excited about this one. The subject matter is very interesting me. I am one that finds psychology super interesting.

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I really loved the writing for this book but I can see why you weren't as big a fan based on the kinds of romances you like. It's great for those of us who like issues books :)

Mandy said...

It sounds really good, but at the same time a bit weird. I'd have to be in a certain mood to read this.

Great review, thank you for being honest! I'll have to go see more reviews on this to see if I want to add it to my list or not.


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