Reverie is a modern romantic thriller, centering around Julia, a quiet cellist in one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the world, who is competing against most of her classmates for a impressive international award. Like most millennials, she gets almost no sleep, eats breakfast for dinner (mmm French toast), and is stuck in the middle of a love triangle.
…well, maybe that last one’s just her.
Julia’s best friend is Matthew, a fabulous violin player, who’s definitely in love with her. But then there’s Jeremy, the totally dreamy first chair horn player with the cute butt who won’t give a girl the time of day, but mysteriously buys Julia French toast and then walks her home afterwards, hovering creepily to make sure she gets inside her apartment building safely…or possibly just to see where she lives.
But then, a few nights later in the practice rooms, Julia runs into another guy – Cal is sweet and friendly, and invites her out to the same diner for a midnight snack. For such a shy, unnoticed girl, Julia sure racks up the suitors!
But when Cal points out an app on Julia’s phone that she didn’t install – one that allows anyone in her contacts to track her whereabouts – it becomes apparent that someone is stalking her movements, and it’s one of her guys.
About half way through the story the narration switches to the hidden villain’s POV, and he’s just as manipulative and horrible inside as I was both hoping and dreading he was. It begins with a manifesto on gaslighting; a topic that will feel uncomfortably familiar to many women reading this book. As it continues, the inner look at his character gives the story a spin that definitely raised it a level or two in my mind.
However, I did have two small issues with the book. My first issue is the sex. It’s not bad sex! It’s pretty darn steamy sex. It’s just not safe sex. I mean—come on, these are young adults in New York City at a highly prestigious university. I am one hundred percent sure that they should know enough to consider birth control either before, during, or after the fact. My second issue is more stylistic; there are some turns of phrase that felt a bit unrealistic. For example, I’ve never actually heard a millennial call another millennial “young lady” unironically.
In the end, while I wasn’t a big fan of the ending (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it!), it was a satisfying read. The writing did seem to improve slightly from the beginning to the end, but aside from Julia, there was almost no recognizable character change or growth. I give this one a B+, and I’ll definitely be reading the sequel.
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