I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In Real Life by Jessica Love
To be published on 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.
This book was cute, but the pacing was too slow for me. It's not something I would read again or necessarily recommend unless you like character-driven romances without much other plot. It reminded me a lot of Anna and the French Kiss, which a lot of people love.
The story starts off well enough. Hannah, a rule abiding Korean girl, is staying home for spring break with her older sister and her best friend while her parents are away on a cruise. She's been friends with Nick for 4 years since their older siblings met a concert and thought they'd get along. But Hannah and Nick have never met. After a lot of badgering from her sister and her best friend, Hannah decides that they should take a road trip to Vegas to finally meet Nick.
I love a good road trip novel, but nothing exciting happened on their trip. When they get to Vegas, Nick has a girlfriend he failed to mention. Basically the whole book is Hannah pining for Nick, but being too afraid to do anything about it. I like first person POV especially when there is a lot of internal monologue, which this book had, but it was too repetitive. Hannah drove me crazy! I wanted more action.
The writing was good because this book made me so mad, but it didn't really make me want to keep reading it. It wasn't a book that I wanted to sit down and read at long stretches.
Ultimately, the story was sweet. Nick was adorable - open and honest (most of the time) and so clearly in love with Hannah despite the girlfriend. Grace (the sister) and Lo (the best friend) were kind of awful. And Frankie (the girlfriend) was fun and super nice, and she had a blog, which I loved.
I think this was a case of this book not being right for me. It's not a bad book, just not my taste.
My Rating: 3 stars
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