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.
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler is a phenomenal actress, comedian, feminist, and inspiration for all women. Whoever she plays on-screen she always makes that character a lovable one. (example: Leslie Knope) This autobiography is one of the funniest. It’s filled with childhood stories as well as how she got to where she is today. This is a must-read for anyone who loves a good laugh!
I read wildwood a few months ago. It’s a big book (a bit more than 500 pages i believe), but it sure is a page turner! basically it’s about a young girl named prue whose brother gets taken into the ‘Impassable Wilderness’ by a flock of crows. The story revolves around her in the ‘impassable wilderness,’ and it’s filled with fantasy creatures and people. I believe there is a second and third book as well, and I’d love to read those! The illustrations make the book come alive, though. Carson Ellis is an amazing illustrator and she’s done drawings for the book ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society’ (which is also a great read!) Ps, thank you to my aunt who purchased this book for me!
3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
I read wild last year. I was drawn to the cover! LOL! I love that shoe. This book is about a women who wants to ‘escape’ her life after her mother dies. Unexperienced, she walks the 2,650 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail–alone. The story revolves around her going through tough times and documented adventures through the trail. You could read this book in less than a week. Every page leaves you wondering what will happen next! Oh, and the movie recently came out starring Reese Witherspoon whom I adore! I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m sure it was great! Not as good as the book though! 😉
4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivin
This was the last book I read. let me tell you, it’s one of the best books I have ever read in my life! Jt’s definitely this years ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ Plus, a movie is coming out in 2017! It’s all about a depressed boy named Theodore (or as others call him ‘Finch’) who meets a girl named Violet who hasn’t been herself since her sister Eleanor died. They go wandering on adventures for school, and eventually start to fall in love. It’s a beautiful story, which Niven expresses perfectly!
5. It by Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung–a worldwide fashion icon. In this book, she shares some of her fashion secrets and her personal style icons. She is definitely one of my inspirations. When I first discovered her I was captivised by her hair (haha) and it inspired me to get a short haircut too! Any fashion-guru will enjoy this!
Have a great day! xoxo, Josie