Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Book Review: In Real Life

Title In Real Life
Author Jessica Love
Release Date March 1, 2016

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.

I enjoyed this book just as much as I thought I would. I was a bit worried after seeing some negative reviews on Goodreads, but this was a Waiting on Wednesday pick for me, so when I was approved on Netgalley I was super excited.

In Real Life feels so relatable to me. I've had numerous online friendships (and a romance or two). A few have even lead to real life meetings. This just feels so normal for me, so I was glad to see a book like this.

My only issue, really, is a few of the characters. It's not that these characters are unlikable. I just didn't like their actions, I guess. Hannah felt too indecisive and kind of whiny. She got on my nerves more than I would have liked. Grace and Lo were pretty disappointing, too. They start out wanting to support Hannah, but end up abandoning her. While I suppose Lo's explanation makes things *slightly* better, it still left a bad taste in my mouth. Nick was slightly better, but I don't really understand his reasoning for lying.

In Real Life wasn't perfect, but it was an enjoyable read for me.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from St. Martin's Griffin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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