Title: In Real Life
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: March 1st 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 are 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-friendship feelings for him.
Hannah’s 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 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 was literally the full length contemporary novel I’ve been looking for after having just gotten done with a long binge on fantasy and fairytale retellings.
This book was so freaking cute.
I honestly think there were only a few times I got annoyed, and that was with the fact that Hannah kept mentioning the fact that Nick’s girlfriend, Frankie, had big boobs? I just didn’t see what the big deal was about that. She kept mentioning how small she was, and how huge her boobs were, and I guess that made her a bitch or something? Honestly, I just didn’t get it.
Maybe that’s something teenage girls worry about now when it comes to competition, but I wasn’t really dating when I was that young so I can’t remember. I was too busy mentally dating a thousand book boyfriends to be honest.
I think I want to start doing this thing where I put a favorite quote from the book in my review, and this is probably not the best book to start with because there are so many! But I mean, a girls gotta try, so I’ll just put one of my favorite little scenes instead. It’s all about compromise, right?
“You want to dance with me?” I cover my mouth with my hand in mock shock. “Not with sexy Elsa?”
“Eh. I’m sure she’s a nice girl, but she comes off as a little cold.”
“Wow,” I groan. “That was–”
“Ghost, just let it go.”
I love cheesy jokes, and apparently I love cheesy teen romances more than I expected I would. Granted, this book’s plot might not be exactly “normal”, or maybe realistic is a better term, to a lot of people. But, personally, I am totally into the blogging world, and I have been since I started blogging on Tumblr in 2011, and I’ve made so many friends through it. If you take away the romance part of the book, I’ve been in this same situation a few times. Well, just wanting to meet my online besties, not actually driving out and doing it. I’m not outgoing enough for that. That and it’s thousands of miles, not just four hours.
Aside from the romance and realistic plot for this generation, I really really liked the girl relationships in this book. At first I was annoyed with both Grace, her older sister, and Lo, her best friend, for ditching her for boys, not gonna lie. But after Lo and Hannah’s mini heart to heart towards the end, I realized it was part of Hannah’s character development and it was helping her to learn not to depend on other people to make her choices. That only made me love this trio even more!
Plus, their banter was absolutely adorable.
“So, what do you think?” Lo says. “Do you think you might have ‘more than friendly’ feelings for Nick?”
“Like, ‘kiss his face with your face’ feelings?” Grace grins
So in the end, I think this is going to be the perfect book if you wanted a quick, cute read. And I do mean quick; I finished it in a day!
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!