“Lucid” Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). To be published October 2, 2012. Razorbill (Penguin). 343 pp.

At the age of 17, Maggie has opted to test out of school so she can be available for auditions. She resents her mom for not paying attention to her and her little sister Jude. With the pressure of auditions, and falling for Andrew, an older NYU film student she meets in Central Park, Maggie feels like her life is spinning out of control. She doesn’t dare confide to anyone that when she sleeps her dreams take her to an alternate life. In this life, she becomes Sloan. In fact, she believes she really is Sloan.

Sloan loves her parents and little brother. She and her best friend Gordy have grown up together, and are stunned at the sudden loss of their other best friend Bill in a car crash. The shock of the crash draws them closer together, but their friendship is strained when Sloan falls for James, the new kid in school. Unsure of her feelings for either of them, Sloan is also confused because of the dreams she has about Maggie every night. Maggie’s life is so real. Before long, Sloan believes she really is Maggie.

Told in alternating voices, “Lucid” left me scratching my head. With each girl’s story achingly and rawly laid out by each of them, it was difficult to figure out who was real and who wasn’t. Towards the end, as both Maggie and Sloan got into each other’s heads, even they were confused, which made me even more confused. Some high school readers might have a difficult time interpreting the action between the girls, while some might enjoy the complexity of sorting through Maggie and Sloan’s stories. I will admit the actual explanation was not at all what I’d expected. I’ll leave the decision up to you as to whether or not you want to read “Lucid.”


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