In Real Life by Jessica Love
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: Okay!!! Seriously!! When I saw this novel for the first time I knew I had to read it!! How many of us have gotten to know a friend online? Really? And become good friends?? And with a boy?? I knew I had to read this one. And I was super excited. And I LOVED it.
We are introduced to Hannah who has gotten to know Nick quite well over the last few years. They talk on the phone, via text messages, and through video messaging. He’s one her best friends. The one who knows her like nobody else. Yes, of course they have just remained friends. They’ve both lived their lives, had other boyfriend/girlfriends, but have always had one another to lean on.
This was PERFECT. A PERFECT read for me!
Until one day when Hannah decides she’s going to do something outside of her comfort zone. drive down to one of his concerts and surprise him!
And boy is he surprised. And so is she. She learns he has quite a few secrets she didn’t know about. I don’t want to go on and on and give spoilers. I just don’t think that's fair to you! I want you to experience this one head on with everything. When you start, you better devote your whole night to it. You won’t stop reading it. You’ll have to know what happens.
I loved the plot. I loved the characters. I loved Hannah’s sister and her bestie. I loved Nick and his group of friends. I loved the setting. I loved the roller coaster. I just loved it.
In Real Life has turned into one of my favorite books of the year!!! I want to gush and gush but I’ll stop there. This one you MUST read!!!!
Overall: Romantic and exciting. Nick. Oh Nick!!! I just adored him. He was shy and awkward but awesome. He was sweet. He was lovable. And, Hannah. I loved Hannah’s personality!!! It’s going to be a hard followup to this one! If you read any contemps this year, please read this one!!!!!
AMAZING!!!! AMAZING!!! AMAZING!!!!!
Cover: Love It. It’s not very out “there” but it just appealed to me. And once I read that summary, I knew I had to have it in my hands!
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