In Real Life – Jessica Love

Synopsis

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.

Review

I cannot stand “Will-they-or-won’t-they” star-crossed lover plots. Just get together already! Stop preventing your own happiness!

Pros: Diversity! When you’re a minority, it’s not often that you read about people who look like you. I appreciated that. Also, that last scene was pretty darn cute. And I had to appreciate the friendship between Hannah and Nick.

Cons: Hannah is so childish and self-centred. Not everything is about her, and I don’t think she realized this lesson by the end of the book. In fact, Lo ended up apologizing to Hannah, and… for what? For having fun? For trying to push Hannah to suck it up and go after what she wants? It was so frustrating watching Hannah blow off chance after chance. And I wasn’t convinced by the catalyst that finally got her to do something. As if everything ever works out that perfectly in real life! I don’t know why Nick put up with all her waffling. You could say it’s Nick’s fault for embellishing his life a bit online. But I think she should’ve given him some advance warning, too! I guess they’re young and they make mistakes, but it was definitely a frustrating read overall.

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  • Better off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg
  • The Way Back to You – Mindi Scott & Michelle Andreani

Rating: 1/5

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