Title: IN REAL LIFE
Author: Jessica Love
Release date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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.
NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
If you’re looking for a read that’s quick and fun, angsty and sweet, Jessica Love’s IN REAL LIFE will more than satisfy. With a rock band, a road trip to Vegas, a couple of best friends who may not know as much about each other as they think they do, and a few unexpected surprises, Hannah and Nick’s story promises to be adventurous, delightful, exciting and romantic.
With her parents out of town, Hannah thought it was finally time to take a risk, be impulsive, and head to Las Vegas to see her best friend Nick. In person. For the first time in their very long friendship.
Not one to take chances, the idea of meeting Nick after all these years was nerve-wracking. She didn’t want the face-to-face to ruin their friendship or make things awkward between them. But she needed to sort out her feelings for him. And after their one and only failed attempt at meeting years ago, she knew that this would be their last chance. It was now or never and she wasn’t willing to let her fears cause it to be never.
IN REAL LIFE is an absolutely adorable story with a main character who you’ll both love and be driven mad by. Hannah is at times a bit clueless, frustrating, rigid and self-absorbed. She follows the rules. Plays it safe. And isn’t willing to confront her feelings. But in spite of – and maybe because of – all of that she is endearing and sympathetic. And the fact that she is not completely unwilling to change makes you want to root for her.
Jessica Love penned a story that so easy to devour in one sitting. The heartbreak, the secrets, the missed opportunities, the possibility of an almost-but-not-quite love story make this a captivating and entertaining and insanely good read.
About Jessica Love
Jessica is a high school English teacher who lives in Southern California with her husband, her son, and their two tiny dogs. She’s working on her Master’s Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University, and her big love is contemporary YA romance. Jessica spends all of her free money on concerts, constantly tries to prove that blondes have more fun, and is pretty much always on the internet.
IN REAL LIFE will be released from St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne on March 1, 2015. PUSH GIRL, co-written with Chelsie Hill from Sundance Channel’s reality TV show Push Girls, is out now.