In Real Life by Jessica Love
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: 1st March 2016
What They Say:
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.
This was such a cute read! I looooooooove books about online friendships and romances, even if they’re just catfish because that’s awesome, but I love EVEN MORE when they’re genuine friendships (ie. they’ve videochatted and both are definitely who they say they are) so YAY HANNAH AND NICK. YAY FOR NOT BEING CATFISH. That’s always a win for the team. Also YAY for roadtrips because roadtrips are awesome. I love a good roadtrip, although this was a relatively short one (Cali to Vegas), but still roadtrip, booyah.
Hannah and Nick were just awesome characters, two awesome people, who had the most amazing, envy-inducing friendship you could imagine. I literally would kill for just one friend like that, I have never in my life had a friendship like that. So easy going, so natural, they tell each other everything and they talk every day. It’s like when people say online friendships aren’t real. Try telling that to Hannah and Nick. It’s one of the realest friendships I’ve ever read, who cares if they’ve never met, they’ve done everything but meet and it was such a touching, awesome friendship.
The Vegas setting was INSANE. I’ve never been to Vegas, I long to go, and it just seemed so awesome from Hannah’s perspective. Hannah was just awesome in general, and sure she was a little afraid of her feelings, but it’s hard to just suddenly meet someone in real life for the first time and be able to spill all your deep, innermost secrets so I was there with her in her struggle. Normally that would frustrate me and I’d be like SPIT IT OUT HANNAH, but actually, I felt for her because it’s hard, especially when we find out what Nick was hiding (DAMN IT NICK).
This was such a genuinely enjoyable book. I loved Hannah and Nick, I love the supporting cast especially Hannah’s sister Grace and best friend, Lo. Frankie amazed me, and kinda reminded me a bit of Ariana Grande for some very strange reason? IDK. The friendship, the setting, the awesome characters, all added up to a pretty freaking cute story