For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant.
Miss Riki’s Review:
I have sort of mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the third-person present tense narration was a little hard for me to get into, but on the other hand, as the story progressed, it became clear that the narration was spot on in pushing forward a fast-moving plot. The book is written in a very unique way, with short, choppy sentences and a very sparse sort of prose. When I first began reading I wasn’t really into it, but as I got further into the story, it grew on me.
That being said, the premise to this novel is really intriguing. Janie gets sucked into other people’s dreams when she is in close proximity to them sleeping, which happens more than you might think when you’re going to high school where kids sleep in study hall and during boring lectures. She is helpless to resist the overwhelming pull of the dreams and at first cannot escape. Sometimes the dreams are the typical meanderings of the teenage mind, filled with silly worries and devoid of meaning, but sometimes they are nightmares that devastate Janie as much as the dreamer.
I won’t say much more for fear of spoiling the book, but there’s a wonderful love story and an intense drama to this story that helped me overcome my first impressions of the unique writing style. I loved the secondary plot line with Janie working in the old folk’s home and the strange encounters that come out of that position. The unlikely ally she finds in a dying woman is really a highlight of the novel.
Despite my initial reservations, the style works for this story and I was kept interested until the end.