Book Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

in real life

In Real Life

3 stars

Hannah and Nick have been best friends since the 8th grade. They talk on the phone for hours, give each other presents, and have no secrets from each other. And they’ve never met. Hannah has never broken a rule in her life but when the opportunity to surprise Nick during Spring Break comes up, she takes a chance. She, her older sister Grace, and best friend Lo head to Las Vegas to attend a concert Nick’s band is playing at and she plans on telling him she wants to be more than friends. Her plans are derailed when they arrive and find out that Nick’s been keeping secrets – including a girlfriend. She only has her time in Las Vegas to determine her true feelings for the real Nick.

This seemed like it was going to be a cute, light read and would probably also be fast, since it was pretty short. I was hoping for lots of bonding between the three girls and lots of fun times with the group of teenagers in Las Vegas. There was a bit of both but the main focus was on Hannah and her drama with Nick and his girlfriend.

Hannah was someone I had a hard time identifying with at some points, but others it was quite easy. The good girl, follow the rules part of her I got. The wanting to do something reckless and expecting for once in her life I got. Most of her actions and reactions in Las Vegas, maybe this was the generation gap between reader and character coming into play but I found her really annoying and selfish most of the time. There was a lot of “me me me” feel to her motivations.

My main problem with the book though, was the way Hannah reacted to Nick’s girlfriend Frankie. Yes, it would be extremely disappointing to find out the guy you’ve been talking to for years has a girlfriend but Hannah was actively trying to find reasons to dislike this girl simply because she was with Nick. Frankie was super sweet to Hannah and welcomed her when a lot of girls would be intimidated by their boyfriend meeting a girl from online he’d been talking to for years. Even if Frankie had been a mean girl, there was still no excuse for all the flirting and kissing between Hannah and Nick while Nick and Frankie were together.

My favourite part was the whole nightlife feel of the book. They start at the club where Hannah wanted to surprise Nick and end up doing do many touristy and fun things. I do wish we’d gotten to see more of the whole group together and had gotten more character development with Nick’s friends so they were more than just Alex who paired with Grace and was Nick’s brother, and Oscar who paired with Lo. And Jordy the lead singer and player.

At the beginning I was rooting for Hannah and Nick to be together. Their interactions were cute and they did seem to fit well together. By the end, I didn’t feel invested enough to care if they sorted out their feelings or not because I was too annoyed with Hannah’s all-about-me attitude. The book was so short that maybe it just felt too rushed and more time spent with Hannah’s character growth would have changed my mind.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




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4 responses to “Book Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

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  2. This sounded like it was going to be a really cute story! But it does seem kind of short, and when books are short they do tend to get rushed, like you said. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it more.

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