Published by St. Martin's Griffin
on March 1st 2016
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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.
I admit after reading 8% of In Real Life I was not all that excited about it. I was told by Gail that I would love it but I wasn’t all that into it. I started it on a Friday and didn’t pick it up again until the following Tuesday and I dreaded doing it. Well that Tuesday? I read the other 92% and Gail was right (I hate giving her reasons to gloat), I did love it. It gave me so many feels and once I really got into it I couldn’t stop until I knew if Nick and Hannah would or wouldn’t.
Truth…when I’m told I will love a book because it is Anna and the French Kiss-like, I tend to not want to read the book. I mean you can’t really touch my love of Anna in the contemporary world. But In Real Life really was Anna-like. It had an “Eiffel Tower” type scene, it had the maybe best friends to more, it had a girl out of her comfort zone, it even had a height situation. It had all the things I loved about Anna but with different characters in different settings. Truly there was no way I was not loving this book.
I guess what I loved the most about In Real Life (besides the friends to more troupe and the Vegas setting) was the characters. They really brought life to the story. When I first started I though Hannah was very immature, but as I read more I realized she was just scared to do something against the normal. She was scared to be crazy and out of control so she lived by rules and strict-ish parents. She ran away from problems and trouble. So now, she wasn’t immature, she was just scared to want something else out of life like many of us are. And Hannah and Nick? They were a thing of beauty. They had that awkward teen thing down perfectly not to mention the meeting someone you’ve talked to for years for the first time. I seriously just loved them. And I loved everything that was included in their story as well.
In the end this book was pretty amazing! Was it perfect like I think Anna and the French Kiss is? Nope. But it was darn near close. I really did love just about everything about it and I can say with 100% certainty if you are an Anna fan, you will too!
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