- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Skyscape (April 25, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503943364
- ISBN-13: 978-1503943360
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 769 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jessica Park is the bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, including Flat-Out Love and Left Drowning. She grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, she decided to set out for warmer climes. She now lives in the relatively balmy state of New Hampshire with her husband, son, two dogs, and a cat. She admits to spending an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations.
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"One hundred and sixty seconds. We are engaged in a form of intimacy that scares the absolute h*ll out of me. It’s as if there is a weight on my chest that I want to shove off, and I’ve never been this terrified before.
Or this whole and hopeful and connected.
My body starts to tremble. I want more of what I’m feeling, and I also want none of it."
The catalyst for the story is similar to a video you may have seen floating around social media that featured performance artist Marina Abramovic who sat at a table one minute at a time in complete silence with total strangers. The performance takes an emotional turn when the lover that she had not seen for over 20 years shows up across from her. In Park's story, Allison is a jaded foster kid who was adopted late in life. The story starts at the beginning of her third year of college where she continues to excel at keeping everyone at a distance. Until she accidentally stumbles upon a social experiment. Esben is well known on campus and on social media as someone who finds the good in people. His friendly, open demeanor is a complete contrast to Allison's closed off nature. Walking back to campus Allison unexpectedly finds herself taking part in one of Esben's experiments - the two sit across from each other in total silence while maintaining eye contact for 180 seconds. Reading this description it may be hard to believe those 180 seconds would have such a profound effect on Allison and Esben, but Park's description of how the pair reacts to each moment will make you feel like you're the one sitting in the chair. After the experiment, Allison and Esben try to figure out what the experience meant to one another. It sounds simple, but their journey is a beautiful push and pull of letting yourself become open to the idea of love as well as the constant struggle to find the good in people.
"Just say that you love me. Please. Because I am so god**mn in love with you that I can hardly breathe when we’re apart."
I loved this book for so many reasons, but one of the emotional triggers for me was the ache Allison had to be loved. As someone who was adopted when she was "sixteen and a half" Allison struggles to let anyone in, including her father, Simon. The only true friend she has is Steffi, a fellow foster kid who Allison considers a sister. Besides these two people, Allison has convinced herself that she is fine without anyone else in her life and that she enjoys being alone instead of being bothered by stereotypical college idiots. As I was reading I could totally relate to Allison. I'm an introvert and I'd much rather stay at home than be invited to a party, or read a book instead of a girls night. Right? As a military spouse, I move around so much that it's hard to make friends, but that doesn't bother me. At least I tell myself that it doesn't. As I continued on reading there is a pivotal moment in the book when Allison is faced with the decision to open herself up to making new friendships or continue isolating herself. She sits in her bed and weeps at what she has become and truthfully recognizes she doesn't want to be alone. The whole scene is maybe a page and a half, but I felt it to my core. How easy is it for us to lie or have a sarcastic comment when we see other people having fun instead of being honest and acknowledging we crave those same connections. Yes, there are times when I would truly rather sit in my pajamas on the couch and binge watch The 100 on Netflix rather than go to a bar. But there have also been many times when I've been jealous of people who seem to make friendships so easily while I sit in a restaurant alone. It's a testament to the author's writing that she can not only make you connect so deeply with the characters but that her words make you reflect on your own life.
"I cannot stop the tears. 'I don’t want to live like this,' I say out loud over and over through my sobbing. I cry for who I have been, who I am, and who I could be."
There are so many things I loved about this book. I could honestly pick it apart and analyze it for days. There wasn't one moment I didn't fall in love with the characters or the writing. 180 Seconds is one of the best books I have ever read, and its message has resonated deeply. There isn't one person that wouldn't benefit from reading this book. It's perfect.
I personally know people who were abandoned at birth, grew up alone, and had to learn to trust in a world that is not always worthy of trust. Most people ARE good, most the time. It only takes one hateful person to destroy a sense of safety...those who saw too much ugliness and were on their own from day one--I applaud their courage for letting anyone in, ever.
Pairing that message with social media of today was really cool. This was explained and handed to us instead of letting we readers come to the conclusion ourselves.
The characters were a bit much, at times unbelievable. The good guys were so good. Things seemed to go too well, too much smooth sailing on what in real life are very choppy waters. Like an after school special. Lifetime channel.
Very good narration, the voice of the main character was right on with the main character's personality. She didn't do men's voices very well, but I thought they sounded the way a young woman the main characters age would hear them.
If you enjoy young adult fiction this is a great book. I wasn't expecting it to fit that genre, but still, I enjoyed the book.
I won't discuss the synopsis because you've read that if you're reading this review. What I will say is that you'll fall in love with the characters, you'll be spellbound by the circumstances that brought people together, and you'll delight in reading beautifully put-together words.
There is a strength to Park's writing that never ceases to amaze me. 180 Seconds was book hangover material. I will think about Allison, Esben, Kerry, Steffi and Simon for days. Weeks. I'll reread this story again simply to stay in the intense, sweet, heartbreaking world Park created.
This is a book I could pass to my teenage daughters because of its hard-hitting strength and purity. It's a book I could pass to my romance reading lovers, because the love within the pages was real and beautiful. This is a book I will suggest to everyone, because of its raw loveliness, its powerful emotional journey, and its unending hope that even in sadness, joy can emerge.
Read, enjoy, swoon, cry, emerge. And then thank Jessica Park that she creates amazing. Every time.