Author: Jessica Love

In Real Life [Review]

Posted March 3, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 6 Comments

In Real Life [Review]In Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

My Thoughts

This book made me grin like an idiot! I quickly fell in love with the story and with the characters. Even though I loved the writing and the story itself, there were a few flaws. And a few things I would have done differently. But all-in-all, I loved this book!

The story is ultimately about 2 friends (Hannah and Nick) who have known each other since they were in middle school but have only communicated over the internet. Now, sure, they had done some video chats and they have each other’s phone number, but the most important information is that they have never seen each other/hung out with each other/talked IN REAL LIFE. So, the title I think is super cute and goes very well with the story.

I loved Hannah and Nick. They were great characters and it was so great seeing how they acted with each other when they first met. They clearly have a chemistry between them and there is obvious history with them as well (anyone could tell when they were with each other in person). I loved Nick’s girlfriend, Frankie, even though I wanted to hate her. And Hannah goes through the same feelings about Frankie, because she realized that she was in love with Nick.

Now, I loved Hannah’s sister, Grace, and Hannah’s best friend (in real life), Lo. BUT, I feel like they were also part of a flaw. They were awesome characters except when it came down to Hannah and especially when Hannah needed them the most. Now, I do agree that Hannah needed to solve a lot of the problems and FACE the problems on her own, but they also made Hannah feel like shit, which is not okay in my book. I’m all for tough love, but not at the expense that it could ruin my friendship. Like I’m sorry, View Spoiler » But I am glad that both Grace and Lo made Hannah realize that she needed to stop running away from life. So, I appreciate what they did for Hannah and in the long run, Hannah appreciated it as well. I just think they could have done it a little differently.

Speaking of things that could have been done differently… I loved that we got some flashbacks from the past to build on Hannah and Nick’s relationship, but I would have loved to see MORE of their relationship in a different format (text messages, emails, etc) rather than mostly in a narrative. I think that would have brought even more to the table. And I think it would have been really interesting and awesome.

As for the actual romance of the story, I FELL IN LOVE! I absolutely loved Hannah and Nick! I would love to see more of them in the future for sure. See how the long distance thing works for them and what not. Honestly, if you are looking for a story that is cute, quick to get through, and just something different, then check out this book! I will for sure be looking out for more stuff that Jessica Love writes, because this book hooked me in her writing!

 Let’s talk about it!

Did you read In Real Life? Do you want to?
How does it make you feel knowing that a lot of relationships (friends or others) are done over the internet?
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