Tuesday, January 8, 2013
REM by Cheryl Abbott
Seventeen-year-old Bradalynn Collier is used to enduring night after night of unbearable restlessness. In the quiet darkness while everyone else sleeps, dreams that are not only hers take possession of her mind. Brady thinks her gift for entering the subconscious minds of others is a curse-until she meets the mysterious Alexander Connelly on her first day of her junior year in high school.
Alexander is a new transfer student whose mesmerizing green eyes seem to stare straight through Brady. Against the advice of her best friend, Doug Rothen, Brady decides to venture into the dark nights of Alexander's slumber. As she suffers through his relentless nightmares, becoming emotionally attached along the way, Brady finds reason to finally gain control of her unique ability. But just as an unexpected relationship emerges and blurs the line in her friendship with Doug, a devastating accident forces Brady to make an unthinkable decision.
In this compelling tale, Brady must betray the trust of others and make a choice that has the potential to tear her away from the only dream she now desires-a life with Alexander Connelly
There were things that I loved and hated about this story. But overall it is something that was compelling and something that I would recommend that you pick up. If you don't mind some romantic aspects that lean towards an overly doting relationships.
The most appealing relationship that I felt drove the story for me was the friendship between Doug and Brady. It had it's ups and downs, fully relateable and something worth fighting for.
I also enjoyed the main character Brady. She is stuck with this ability that she really has no control over at this point and is doing the best she can with what she has. Brady is the type of girl that thinks through her decisions and sticks by them, to the very end. No matter what kind of resistance she comes up against she is true to herself. I always admire people that have the courage to stand by their decisions, even when it brings out the stubborn side.