in real life by jessica love
release date – march 1st, 2016
genre – ya contemporary romance
publisher / imprint – st. martin’s press
source – purchased finished copy
summary (from goodreads) –
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 never thought about loving and hating a romance until after reading this book. i had difficulty on rating how good in real life was because i end up falling in love with the first half of the book, but once i read the second half, everything just fell into place and my feelings towards the books after finishing it ends up being a mystery.
this book mainly tackles online relationships and i like how love give out its pros and cons on this topic, though it didn’t directly explains it in the book. i like how the internet becomes very vital to the story, just from looking at hannah and nick’s relationship from online. while it is great to have online friends as we connect more deeply in what we have in common, we wouldn’t be able to display our true self from the internet, where on the other hand, it shows that in real life, which could be what love is portraying.
“we both look anywhere buy at each other. i shift on my chair and he sips his coffee and i wonder if he’s wondering why this is so difficult, like i am. why our connection is so easy on the phone, but when you add eye contact and nearness and realness and lies, feeling normal becomes impossible.” (page 99)
i had mixed thoughts on the characters. one of the characters i had major difficulty having problems with is hannah, the main character of the story. her thoughts and actions later in the book when we see her in vegas becomes full of jealousy and spitefulness that i am quite annoyed from, because this kind of attitude isn’t who she is, but i kind of understand why. i mean, girls sometimes becomes this kind of person that’s she is not usually, right? but anyway, her thoughts and choices affected by her feelings and thoughts is what bothers me the most about her. it’s such a pain just by reading about her, and more if i imagine it.
grace and lo are some of the other characters that i’m having issues with other than hannah. they are pretty much the main reason the story ends up being a mess and so was hannah. it seems they didn’t had their back and later abandoned her for others, peer pressures her to let loose and becomes someone she is not, and doesn’t seem to offer any support to her when she is in desperate need for help. what is worse is that they are her sister and best friend.
while there was problems i am having with the book, i did feel that it was in fact a cute and adorable story. there are times where i am really enjoying what is going on in the story, mostly scenes where i find it cute. the relationship between hannah and nick is what influenced the fact i end up being in a happy mood after finishing for today. just when nick and hannah are talking together through eye-to-eye, having a great conversation and just enjoying themselves together, my giddiness just can’t take it. and embarrassingly, i felt that hannah and nick are OTP, though after reading this, the thought of it isn’t the same as before.
“and i’m stuck somewhere between hating him so much, i never want to see him again and never, ever wanting him to let me go.” (page 83)
yes, i do find in real life very entertaining and enjoyable from mostly the story. yes, there might be times where it feels very cliche, but i still adore how the chemistry between hannah and nick felt genuine. but the fact that some of these characters bugged me off once in a while and that there was constant drama that goes on and on that i felt i can’t take it with reading was how my feelings about this book suffered.