Hi, everyone! Hope you’re all having a great Saturday! I went to Barnes and Noble last Sunday and got three new books. The first one I read was “In Real Life” by Jessica Love. Here’s the summary (from the book, not written by me!) :
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.
***Before I start my review on it, I’m just going to give a quick disclaimer that all of these are my opinions and I’m doing this review for fun. It is not sponsored by anyone. 🙂 ***
OK! So I initially came across this book on Goodreads and it looked really good. Lately I’ve been loving YA Fiction/Realistic Fiction, and this book takes place in present-day time, so I was really excited to buy it! Let me just say, this book had a LOT of potential. Maybe I expected too much, but I think I could’ve liked it more.
The beginning was good, the end was awesome, but the middle was really boring. Hannah, the main character, just goes back and forth from place to place. She just talked and talked and talked some more.
CHARACTERS: The characters were awesome. Hannah was really compelling. I got really into the book and when she made bad decisions I was thinking, “Come on, Hannah!” And I got really annoyed with her, haha. That is a sign of a good book, though – getting so into the characters and their decisions.
PLOT: One thing that bothered me about this book was that basically the ENTIRE book took place in one night (their one night in Las Vegas). I have never read a book that takes place in just one day. It was really strange for me, I’m not sure if I liked it all that much.
ENTERTAINMENT: This book was incredibly entertaining. I loved all the pop culture references and there were some funny parts too. There were also some really awkward parts which I loved because everyone has awkward moments, and it made the book seem even more realistic!
WRITING: I have never read a book by Jessica Love, I think this is her first novel actually. I was impressed, though. Even though the plot wasn’t great, the writing was, overall, pretty smooth and kept me intrigued.
DETAIL: I love books with good detail. This book had a lot of it but I really wish she had told more about Nick and Hannah’s relationship! I thought they were so cute together. She did talk a lot about it BUT I wanted more!
If you’re looking for books that are/that have:
you should read “In Real Life!”
Here are my stars for this book:
I hope you all liked my first book review! I plan on doing more. Let me know what you thought of this book, if you read it! Oh and if you have any books that you want me to read and review, I would happily do that! Just leave a comment here or on Instagram.