To Dream in Daylight by Candace J Thomas

From childhood, Adri and Simon have always been there for each other, through every loss, triumph, joy and heartbreak. They’re perfect for each other – but there’s an unfortunate catch. They’ve only ever met in their dreams, which means each of them thinks the other one is just a figment of their imagination……but what if they weren’t?

All it takes is one video clip to change their lives forever. 

When introverted Adri finds herself going viral overnight thanks to an embarrassing video, all she wants to do is disappear forever. But on the other side of the country in Portland, Simon sees the video and realizes for the first time that his soulmate – the girl of his actual dreams – is real. Simon’s search for Adri leads him through the streets of Chicago, hoping against all odds that they will finally find each other in the waking world instead of losing one another forever to the haze of their dreams

Review:

Adri and Simon believe they are figments of each others imagination as they only exist in their dreams. Through their whole lives there has been a part of them that belongs to each other. They are each others perfect match in so many ways except that they don’t dont think the other exists in reality. Through a crazy and embarrassing viral video, Simon is shocked to see that Adri is indeed real and sets off in a desperate search to find her.

I loved the concept of this story and how it is laid out. You are shown sequences of dreams throughout Simons search for Adri that shows their innermost thoughts and feelings. You are taken on this journey between what is real and what isn’t and you feel the desperation and somewhat craziness that Simon feels as his world is turned on its head.

I am a big fan of magical realism in books and the blurred lines that it created between realities.

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