ARC Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love // Cute & Fast, But Really Annoying Characters

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3 stars – I liked it but maybe there where elements of the book I didn’t enjoy to much and subtracted from the awesomeness. I may have also had a bit of a meh reaction to it.synopsis

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.reveiw

***I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this is no way influenced this review***

If you’re looking into picking this book up because it’s a cute YA romance, you’d be 100% correct! This book is your typical fast, sweet, teen romance and it was pretty enjoyable!

The start of this book was by far the best part, when we’re introduced to Hannah and Nick. Their friendship is so sweet, they’re best friends who tell each other everything, the only catch is that they have never met in real life (hehe, see what I did there???). Their friendship, which we know is more than just friendship, had me having butterflies for Hannah! It’s so sweet and cute!

I have to admit that as the book went on it did start to loose it’s cuteness to me and turned more into an overally angsty and dramatic teen drama. Maybe because this book is aimed for more mid teen range that I found the excessive over thinking and woo-is-me attitude a tad annoying. Hannah is upset that the surprise trip to Vegas didn’t go as she was hoping and that upset feeling carries through pretty much the entire book.

The same thing happened with the close family and friend element of this book. I really enjoyed it at the start but then as the book went on I was like ‘she has the worst friends’. Hannah’s best friend, Lo and older sister, Grace are the driving force behind Hannah stepping out of her comfort zone. They support her and are generally pretty great characters themselves – that is until boys get involved. Both Grace and Lo pretty much entirely ditch Hannah for some cute boys while she’s going to through her drama. Like imagine your best friend or younger sister is pretty much heart broken and shattered and your just like ‘lol soz, I must kiss this cute random guy’. That’s what they did and it just baffled me and really turned me off them!

I loved how this book kind of explored Las Vegas though!! I’ve been to Vegas a couple of years ago and I could just imagine them traipsing about the strip, going on the rides and having a great time. It was kind of like a nostalgic read for me, since a lot of the stuff they do I did while on my trip as well!

Nick is such a cutie! He’s shy and awkward, and really bad at expressing himself, but the way he treat’s Hannah is adorable! He was probably my favourite part of this book and definitely my favourite character!!

Overall, this is exactly what you expect it to be, a fun, quick teen romance. There were some really cute moments, but a lot of the time it feels really over the top dramatic. I think younger teens would enjoy this a lot more than I did!

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I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

14 Responses

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I probably wouldn’t do so well on this one. XD Just because I’m really picky about contemporaries and total angsty drama-fests have me growling. Omg and her “friends” sound like the WORST?!?!? Gah.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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      1. So true! I’ve read so many of these books lately. The worst is when it’s the main character. It’s like they have to be annoying to come to some amazing conclusion or something. I just want to throttle them!

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