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In Real Life: A Novel Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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"[A] sweet story ideal for contemporary teens whose lives play out in similar computer-and-text-message-related ways." --Booklist
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Love expertly creates a timely and entertaining story set on the glamorous Vegas strip, complete with rock and roll, gambling, love, and drama. Readers will relate to the characters in this book and their effortless use of technology to support relationships."
--School Library Journal
About the Author
JESSICA LOVE is a high school English teacher in Southern California, where she met her husband and her two tiny dogs online. (She didn't meet her son online, but she probably would have if it were possible.) She is the co-writer of Push Girl with Chelsie Hill.
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The surprise is on both best friends. Nick isn't what Hannah thought and has kept a few secrets. She's not entirely blameless when she is honest with herself. There was one night where she could have said something different and it has returned to haunt her.
Following them around Las Vegas is quite the adventure and when Hannah most needs to break from her 'perfect daughter' mindset, she finds a way to do so. This is a sweet and adventurous tale about a couple who have to learn the hard way that sometimes there's more to honesty than meets the eye. It's a great choice for school and public libraries where teens like offbeat romances with unexpected twists.
Full Review Added 2.23.16
I may have just pointed you in the direction of your next favorite book… I say that because it quickly became one of mine!
I love the idea of a friendship and relationship that is built solely on knowing each other virtually and this book hit it out of the ballpark.
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper are best friends, they talk sometimes more than once a day, they skype they text, they call… they have inside jokes and know practically every single thing there is to know about each other… except they have never met in person.
They’ve built this amazing friendship, but have never been able to hug each other or create a wacky handshake because she lives in California and he lives in Las Vegas. But then Hannah decides that she’s not going to spend her spring break hanging out at her backyard pool … she’s going to surprise Nick and finally come clean with all her feelings by showing up in Vegas right before his band performs. Of course, you know how these things go… Hannah showing up goes from surprise to shock and they realize there are some things between the two of them that aren’t quite what they both thought they were. Now Hannah is questioning if she really kn0ws Nick at all.
I sped through this book because I was so entranced with the circumstances that Love had created and the characters were just so captivating. The friendships between Hannah and her sister Grace, and her best friend Lo were so well done. I loved that they were so supportive of each other, but I also loved that their friendship was realistically portrayed… these girls were in Vegas, there was no way they were going to focus solely on Hannah’s issues as much as it irritated me that they weren’t there for her constantly. Plus it really helped show the growth and self-realization that Hannah’s had to go through to get her to a good place.
The romance here is absolutely sweet you guys. This book also incorporates one of my favorite tropes… friends to more. These two fight the good fight, I’m not going to sugar coat it. You will spend most of the book just waiting for the kissing, but it’s all so very worth it when they finally get all the stars to align and work through all the misunderstandings. And there are absolutely misunderstandings that you’ll shake your head and want to yell at these two to just sit down and talk about it already, but since when do teens communicate well? So it all worked for me and made perfect sense even if it was a bit frustrating.
If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, quick read (I read this in less than a day!)… look no further. You need to grab this one and be prepared to absolutely love it! After this, I can’t wait to read whatever Jessica Love writes next!
I thought I'd read a few chapters a day, but read it in 2 days, as I couldn't put the page turner down. The creation of teenage drama, suspense and lust/love was just at the right level to keep me turning pages. The backdrop of the Vegas Strip was interesting in an of itself, as I've never really considered it a place conducive to much teenage behavior (well, at least legal- but the characters fake ID's helped them out a bit).
All the characters you would expect were there, Hannah the "good girl", her two friends/sister who push her on and aren't quite as "good", and a handsome boy and his fellow friends. None of them disappointed.
I enjoyed the transition from online to real life in Hannah and Nick's relationship. It was a little confusing, choppy, and hard for the characters, as it often is in real life.
Overall, it was a refreshing fun read which really should be added to your spring break suitcase or your bag for the beach this summer!
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I picked this up because it's about an online friendship, which is a subject I'm interested in since I have so many online friends...Read more