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Dreamers Often Lie

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Dreamers Often Lie

From the stunningly talented author who wrote The Books of Elsewhere series and STARRY EYED comes DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, a book full of whimsy, fantasy and adventure! Jacqueline West brings her trademark poetic and hauntingly enchanting writing style to her newest book, DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, with ease. She incorporates elements of Shakespeare's time-honored and beloved stories into the fast-paced world of today’s teenager.  

This story literally starts with a bang, as the main character, Jaye, receives a head injury at the very beginning of the book. It maintains this fast pace throughout the story as there is a cliffhanger on every page. After Jaye’s head injury, she hallucinates and has an incredibly difficult time distinguishing reality from fantasy --- or, more accurately, from delusion. However, she insists she is fine and demands to be sent home from the hospital in order to keep her lead role in the school’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” But soon Jaye begins to spiral into delusion after one of her supposed “hallucinations” comes to life. As Jaye gradually loses her grip on reality, she is left wondering if she can trust those around her, or, more importantly, if she can trust herself.

"Jacqueline West brings her trademark poetic and hauntingly enchanting writing style to her newest book, DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, with ease...I absolutely loved this book!"

I absolutely loved this book! There were two aspects of this book that I felt best conveyed the author’s writing expertise and the story as a whole. These two aspects were the author’s use of magic realism and talent for character development. West seamlessly blends the real world and Jaye’s perceived hallucinations into the same story, setting and plotline, all at once. The fact that the main character is an unreliable narrator makes the story much more compelling and suspenseful to read. The character development is incredible: each character in the story seems to go through multiple stages, morphing and blossoming into a different person by the end. For example, one character goes from a close childhood friend to a distant stranger to a passionate love interest --- all in the same book!

Despite all of its strong points, this book had just one downfall: the ending. The book seemed to end abruptly and I was left confused. I re-read the last chapter, but I still couldn’t make sense of it. I then re-read the last three chapters and I was still left confused by the ending. Some books leave the reader with a feeling of awe and enchantment after the ending, but this one just left me dazed and confused. The ending, however, this is just a minor pitfall compared to the rest of the book, and some readers may enjoy the mystery.

To conclude, I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 13 as there are some scenes of violence and physical injury as well as emotional pain. More specifically, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy fantasy, the paranormal or love triangles. This book is an especially compelling read for those who enjoy theatre, Shakespeare and school theatre productions.

Reviewed by Vaishnavi S., Teen Board Member on April 4, 2016

Dreamers Often Lie
by Jacqueline West