In Real Life: A Novel by Jessica LoveIn Real Life: A Novel by Jessica Love

In Real Life: A Novel

byJessica Love

Hardcover | March 1, 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 Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn't the only thing he's been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one 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.

JESSICA LOVE is a high school English teacher in Southern California, where she met her husband and her two tiny dogs online. She is the co-writer of Push Girl with Chelsie Hill.
Title:In Real Life: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.51 × 5.78 × 0.9 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250064716

ISBN - 13:9781250064714

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from This book was one of my most highly anticipate reads of the year! This book was one of my most highly anticipate reads of the year. I was super excited for it and when I got to reading it, I finished it incredibly quickly. It was a short read, which for the most part, I enjoyed. Although I enjoyed the novel, I am unable to give it a full 5 stars. One of my problems was with Nick. I was not a fan of his reasons for lying, especially considering their relationship was virtual. Why he felt the need to hide things, felt incredibly pointless to me. Generally, I enjoyed Hannah. I wish she would have told Nick her true feelings sooner instead of constantly hiding it from not only him, but also herself. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I think many others will as well. My only problem was with the way some situations were handled, which could have been omitted, if the book were slightly longer. 3.5/5 Stars!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this novel! Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. This novel starts out with Hannah disappointed with the turn her spring break has taken. As the senior class president, Hannah should be on a trip to D.C for the national leadership conference. This year, for the first year ever, the vice-president got herself on the trip instead. So now Hannah is left with nothing to do but hangout with her sister Grace, and her best friend, Lo. When Grace and Lo start pestering her about the fact that she's never met her long distance best friend, Nick, and how she only ever follows the rules, Hannah decides to do something fun for once. Walking downstairs, Hannah explains how Nick is playing in a big deal show the next night in Las Vegas and that she wants to drive the 4 hours to see him play and meet him for the first time in real life. After her declaration, plans start to fall together and the girls get excited for their trip across state lines. When the girls arrive in Las Vegas and at Nick's show, Hannah's surprise does not go as planned. Apparently the Nick that Hannah knows from online and on the phone, is not the Nick that she sees when she finds him at the show. Nick has been keeping some big secrets from Hannah even though he has led her to believe that they know everything about each other. The best night in Vegas turns out to be an absolutely miserable night in Vegas for Hannah, even though Grace and Lo seem to be having a fantastic time and leaving her to deal with all her problems on her own. I felt terrible for Hannah as her friends ditch her at the first opportunity to have fun with new boys and leave her to be the 7th wheel. Having been in that position myself more then once, I know exactly how not fun it is, especially when you are in a city you have never been in before. This novel brought up all the appropriate emotions in me, excitement to meet Nick for the first time, anger at the secrets he kept from Hannah, frustration at the feeling of being left out and unwanted. It was a wonderful roller coaster of emotions that I just could not put down. Even the fact that I had a brand new puppy in my household could not get me to put down this book until I finished it in the same day. This novel had romance, frustration, excitement, new experiences, and is everything I was looking for. I am looking forward to putting it in the vault, as well as pushing it on all my friends to make them read it!
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read 3.5 In Real Life is the new young adult novel from Jessica Love. Hannah is the quintessential 'good girl' - good grades, listening to her parents and never breaking the rules. Her biggest vice is talking online to her friend Nick. Nick from Las Vegas that she's never met in four years. Nick that really knows her and gets her. Nick that maybe she maybe likes as more than a friend...... "My best friend and I have never met. We talk every day on the phone or online, and he knows more about me than anyone." So when Spring Break rolls around Hannah decides it's finally time to break some rules. Hannah, her friend Grace and her older sister decide to head to meet Nick. Love has come up with a great premise - someone's online presence can be completely different from 'real life.' (and have you watched Catfishing?!) I was completely taken with Hannah. I loved her voice and her thoughts and found myself casting back to those uncertain teenage years. And Nick reminded me of someone from those teen years as well - kind, quiet and a keeper. The supporting cast is somewhat cliched, but serve as perfect foils for the main plot. Love captures the so dynamic perfectly. Missed cues, missed opportunities and missteps populate the pages of In Real Life. Is In Real Life based in reality? Parts of it yes and parts of it no - some of the Vegas behaviour was a bit over the top risky. But putting that aside, it was a fun, cute, escapist piece of light contemporary teen romance that I quite enjoyed. With a few little nuggets of wisdom thrown in that anyone can appreciate... "You don't have to choose Hannah. It's not success or fun. It's not life or love. You don't have to just pick one door to walk through."
Date published: 2016-03-07

Editorial Reviews

"A witty and entertaining story of friendship and secrets with a sparkly Vegas backdrop. Jessica Love knows love!" -Kristin Rae, author of Wish You Were Italian

"A sweet, honest story that begins as so many of our relationships do: online." -Emery Lord, author of Open Road Summer