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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.In Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by Macmillan on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Dating & Sex
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Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.
There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn't the only thing he's been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.
You know how some days you just want a nice vanilla sundae with some hot fudge? Not overly complex, fast but still really good… In Real Life was the book form of that for me. Good story, a quick read and it totally hit the spot. Hannah and Nick have know each other via computer and phone for years but have never met. They are best friends and know everything about the other. When Hannah gets the chance to surprise Nick and finally meet she jumps on it. But then complications, such as his girlfriend she didn’t know about, ensue. Can Hannah and Nick remain best friends, morph into something more, or is reality going to rear its ugly head and slap them down?
Jessica Love created a very real world in In Real Life. The settings were well thought out and made sense in the story. The writing was great and Love really nailed the teenage heart. There was a nice emotional quotient; friendship, love and family all played large roles. The pacing was quick and no scenes lingered. The characters were well fleshed out and you understood their motivations and actions. The plot, while simple, packed a lot in and made an impromptu road trip weekend something special.
In Real Life is one of those YA books that I could re-read as it hit just what I needed. I particularly enjoyed that this was a YA minus absent or uncaring parents. While they did not play a huge role, they showed their children consideration and genuinely cared about their well being. This is Love’s debut as a stand alone author (she has one other co-authored title) and I think she did it extremely well. While this was not a weighty tome with deep undertones, it was just what I needed to refresh after a bit of a reading slump. In Real Life is a sharp story with heart and emotion, and I highly recommend it for those days where you just want a book to make you smile.
Favorite lines – I’m noticing she doesn’t do things the way a normal person does. And she must feed off my discomfort like a parasite, because the more unsettled I feel, the more she’s acting like this is the best night of her freaking life.
Biggest cliché – But I talk to him all the time, he must be the same in person as he is online.
Have you read In Real Life, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge