Review: In Real Life

In Real LifeIn Real Life by Jessica Love

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin in exchange for an honest review.


When I saw this book on Netgalley I was hesitant. It didn’t sound that interesting and I thought that I wasn’t going to like it. I requested it because I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. Sadly I didn’t like this.

The book begins with Hannah who is on the phone with Nick. Hannah and Nick have been best friends for years. But they have never met. Hannah’s sister Grace met Nick’s brother at a concert. The siblings decide that Hannah and Nick should be friends. Thus starting their online friendship.

Hannah isn’t happy when talking to Nick. She was supposed to go on this trip but because another student broke the rules Hannah is staying home and the student gets to go on the trip. Now she has no plans except for staying at home with her sister Grace and her best friend Lo dropping in every now and then.

After her phone conversation Lo joins Hannah and calls Grace out when she sees Hannah day dreaming. Lo and Grace agree that Hannah has a crush on Nick and they should spend the break visiting him. Hannah denies because their parents wouldn’t approve and she follows the rules. Their parents are on some vacation for the week.

But after some thinking Hannah realizes that rules suck. Following the rules is what got her stuck at home. And feeling rebellious suggests that they should go and visit Nick. Just for one day.

I honestly found this to be silly. Something about the way it was written. It was odd how quickly Hannah changed her mind and it was annoying how many times she denied having feelings for Nick. It seemed rushed.

I know what it’s like to have an online friend and day dream about the day you can meet them. And when you get the opportunity you clear your schedule and jump. I just didn’t like how it was executed in this book. I think it was the writing style that really put me off. Thus I didn’t continue.

Overall I did not enjoy this. I cannot bring myself to recommend this.

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4 thoughts on “Review: In Real Life

  1. I read this one back in December (I think), and I still need to write my review for it *Eeeep*. I finished it, but like you said, I found Hannah kind of fickle with her decisions. It’s definitely more of just a “meh” book for me…I enjoyed some parts of it and others I…didn’t. And I hated that he had a girlfriend. But anyways, great review! I sometimes have a hard time writing DNF reviews, but you did a great job 🙂

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    • Yes I agree it was weird how at first she really wanted to go and see Nick. Then in the next chapter she started thinking things through and realized that she couldn’t manage it.

      He had a girlfriend? Why didn’t he just tell her? I personally found it dumb that she thought she knew everything about him. But I was pretty sure they discussed their love lives. So I’m going to take a guess and assume that their meeting didn’t go well.

      I’d love to see your thoughts on it! Aww thank you 🙂


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