The Metaphysical Double Life of Eri Lane by Jocelyn Nora Moore
Everyone knows that fourteen-year-old Eri Lane is different. She is too intense, always tells the truth, and she somehow knows things she shouldn’t. Her confused teachers know she’s different. The means kids know. Her hardworking single mother knows. The cute, nerdy senior that she loves knows. There is just something about Eri Lane. But none of them know just how different, because absolutely none of them know that there are actually two worlds, the world of Dream and the world of Wake. Only Eri Lane and her best friend Malcolm Harris know that.
Eri and Malcolm never sleep, since they were twelve they have been among the special guardians of the boundary between the two worlds, known among themselves as the Awake. Now it’s November of their sophomore year, and Eri has been having a hard enough time trying to repair psychic leaks all night, and then navigate the ups and downs of being the black sheep of Marchland High School for the Gifted every day, (not to mention protecting Malcolm, who is openly gay, and their other best friend Ashley, who is too nice, from bullies), when a strange new creature shows up in the world of Dream, wreaking havoc and possibly even attempting to tear open the barrier between the two worlds. Now, Eri has to figure out how to stop it/him, how to save the world, and most importantly, whether or not the world is worth saving
This story was one that took full attention for me to read. There are several very visual and descriptive scenes that my usual reading speed couldn't quite comprehend what the pictures were in my mind.
I have no idea if that makes any sense. But I had to take this book is sections because of the very fantastical scenes. Trying to envision in my brain what the characters were describing as seeing took some time to read and then envision in my own mind to understand what was happening in the story.
The characters cross over between a dream land and awake world in and out like a thin veil. Experiencing a day dreaming effect while sitting in class, or wherever they are, going in and out of worlds was very surreal and imaginative.
It really is a fun, creative and whole new world to experience. It was like going into a dream-like state myself, completely immersing myself into the story. Each time I picked the book up again I was seeing something different than when I left off.
If you are looking for something different to read, and enjoy being sucked into a whole new world and letting your imagination run while, I suggest you pick this one up.