Day Dreamer by Devin Hodgins
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Water Lily
When asleep, Steve dreams the next day; when awake, Steve tries not to make his dreams come true.
Every night, Steve dreams about the next day. It’s as if he is living each day twice–once asleep and once awake–and he is tired of it. When he learns his old girlfriend, Dawn, is home from college for the summer, he contacts her and begs her to help him find a way to stop dreaming of each day. As they grow close once again, she suggests he defy his dreams and do the opposite of whatever he dreams of each night. But then Steve is faced with a decision: does he follow his dream of being back with Dawn or does he do the opposite of what he dreamed and let go of her once again? How can he ever find the way to dream beyond tomorrow?
It’s all about dreams—putting your dreams on hold, asking others to change theirs for you, and maybe, eventually, embracing your dreams and seeing where they lead you.
Steven Wespers has had enough of dreams to last a life time. Not only did he have to put his personal ambitions on hold to care for his family following his father’s unexpected death, now he’s previewing his mundane life while he sleeps. It’s confusing, exhausting, and really hard to explain especially to the girl you love. He hasn’t seen Dawn, the love of his life, in two years, not since he popped the question and she left to follow her dreams. Now, she’s back. At least for the summer. But how is he supposed to reconcile the dreams he’s living and reliving with the dreams he’d like to pursue?
Day Dreamer has good bones. It starts with a great scene, ends with a good scene, and is tied together by a strong theme. It even has character growth. However, when an entire summer is covered in thirty-three pages it tends to become a series of lists and generalities instead of interestingly drawn moments the reader gets to live through with the characters. And that’s what happened here.
I’m not saying this was a bad book; just that it should have been a really good book. It has the bones. I’d have loved to see the glossed over relationship expanded and Steven’s revelations shown as full scenes.
If you are in the mood for pondering a quirky problem and discovering the author’s interesting solution without a lot of story in between, this quick tale might be just what you’re looking for.