ARC Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

In Real Life

Title: In Real Life
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Pages: 240
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): 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 Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

 

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has 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.

 

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This was such a cute contemporary romance read. I devoured it as fast as my schedule allowed; it’s a fast enough read that you could definitely read it in a day, if you had the time. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

This book was one of my Waiting on Wednesday picks, and I’m so glad I finally read it. I’m always looking for new contemporary favorites, and this one is right up there. The relevance of the main topic, online friendships/relationships, is prevalent in our society nowadays. With all the different forms of social media out there, people are finding others to befriend that are halfway across the country, halfway across the world. I think Jessica did a great job with the subject matter at hand.

 

The summary and the cute cover is what made me really want to pick up this book. After reading, I can conclude that this book definitely met my expectations, and even exceeded it occasionally. Hannah was a pretty great, realistic main character overall. She annoyed me a few times, along with her sister and her best friend, but people annoy you sometimes [in real life]. Note: pun intended. I liked Grace, Hannah’s sister, for the most part. Hannah’s best friend, Lo, annoyed me more than other characters, but even she had some great aspects to her character. The other characters were all fine, but didn’t make a huge impression on me overall when compared to these girls (other than Nick, of course).

 

Nick was adorable; definitely book boyfriend material. He’s more nerdy chic than some of the other love interests in YA books nowadays, which I love. Not every guy looks the same, and Nick is still handsome in my opinion, based on the descriptions. Unfortunately I haven’t seen him in person. Drats! The friendship between Hannah and Nick was amazing. I wish I had a guy best friend that I could share everything with, who I constantly talked/texted/video chatted with.

 

The book had tension/drama throughout, leading up to the fantastic conclusion. The slight annoyances were easily overcome by the happy feelings I had while reading the book at all the swoony parts. I’d love to see more of Nick and Hannah’s story in the future! I don’t think that’ll happen though, so I guess I’ll just have to daydream about them instead. I didn’t make note of any favorite lines, because I was too busy reading this cute book as fast as I could.

 

Final note: Another contemporary romance favorite to add to my growing list. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone that wants swoony romance on a socially relevant subject matter.

 

5 stars

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