Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

Title: In Real Life
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Part of A Series?:  Standalone!
I Got A Copy Through: The Publisher via NetGalley
Blurb Description: 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.


What if your best friend in the whole world was practically a Ghost to you? What if the only person you felt like you could really be yourself around was someone who not only lived hours and hours away from you, but also one that you'd never met outside the realm of all things virtual? What if... 

Hannah Cho is your textbook good girl. Straight A's, rule follower and not a daredevil when it comes to all those reckless things teenagers do. The only thing even moderately rebellious about her is that she has a virtual best friend for that last four years, and has never met him. Oh, not to mention the fact that she met be in love with him.

Nick Cooper is awkward with people, and a self proclaimed 'Awkward At Life' man, living the high life as a part of an upcoming band in Sin City. And yet, all the girls in Vegas don't interest him as much as his best friend that he's never met. The one that has always seemed just a little out of reach; the only that seemed a little too perfect.

But it's Spring Break of their senior year, and breaking the rules for Hannah is now or never. And so it's an impromptu trip to Nick and all the promises that come with him, in the city where nothing is as it seems. 

I didn't quite know what to think In Real Life would be, but I did get a cute, fuzzy romance that seemed so destined, it was almost a little too good to be true! And yet, Jessica Love managed to create this perfect balance between freaking out and letting go and disaster and love, that was not only believable, but once you got used it, quite swoon worthy!

I guess my only problem with the entire thing was that the beginning, before The Great Meet, was that Hannah seemed a little too immature for seventeen - I mean, that's how old I am, and it seemed a little off. Then again, at the finish, with a novel that almost made time fly by, I can't really complain.

A contemporary novel that is fun, sexy, adrenaline filled, real and pretty much delivers on everything it promises!

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