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  1. says:

    Warning ragey rant against slut shaming ahead “What about Frankie? I can’t do this to her I shouldn’t have kissed you I’m not that girl who—” Bitch please You areThis story is YA contemporary fluff about teenagers who make bad decisions I'm not against this book because of the fact that the teens made bad decisions I was a teenager once I've made my share of idiotic choices about which I cringe upon reflection I'm against this book because of1 Incredibly bad decisions Yes there is a difference between 19 year old me driving 80 miles to meet a female online friend accompanied by my real life friend for safety vs 17 year old girls driving over 300 miles to LAS VEGAS to get drunk and then split to party with strange boys I'm not trying to victim blame I'm trying to beg the use of some common sense2 The cheating3 The slut shamingFirst the good Diversity It's awesome that the characters are diverse Hannah is Korean Her best friend Lo is Mexican Awesome But people DIVERSITY DOESN'T MAKE UP FOR EVERYTHING THAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BOOKThe plot Good girl Hannah decides to sneak away to Vegas to meet her online best friend Nick Warning spoilery stuff ahead if you should care to read this booktakes a deep breathTurns out online friend Nick has a girlfriend Said girlfriend has big boobs and looks flashy therefore she barely counts as a human being Therefore it's perfectly acceptable for Nick to cheat on her To make mooney eyes at Hannah and for Hannah to return the favor and fall in love with Nick because his gf totally doesn't count right?WRONG BLOODY FUCKING WRONG This is a story about Hannah therefore SHE IS THE GOOD GIRL She is not If this story were told in Frankie Nick's gf's perspective it would be a whole different tale one of how Nick fucking cheated on her with a girl he knew online Yeah how do you like them apples? It takes two to tango and Nick Is Taken The fact that Hannah wants him and feels and is portrayed as worthy doesn't change the fact that They CheatedCheating is not forgiveable but can be sympathetically portrayed if there is remorse If the person knows what they did was wrong If they felt like the scum of the earth etc I might have some sympathy for them There is none such in this bookNow the slut shaming JUST BECAUSE A GIRL HAS BIG BOOBS DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S A BITCH DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S A SLUT My fucking god are we in the Victorian age here? Desire is not a sin Having an enviable body is not a crime Just because a girl is beautiful and sexually attractive does not make her a slut Why do authors continue to perpetrate these harmful stereotypes?Hannah is so fucking resentful against Frankie for her big boobs She repeats this hateful tirade throughout the book and I was sick of it Listen to these examples And then a girl walks out from backstage A tiny girl with red hair Not ginger red but red like a crayon dyed herself probably in some sink or bathtub like Grace this morning Tight jeans a loose T shirt—but not so loose that you can’t see her huge boobs—she looks the part of hipster or groupie or oh I’m with the band girl That’s his girlfriend The chick with the red hair and the huge boobs I don’t need to have this girlfriend conversation with Nick in person And certainly not with her standing right next to us big boobs all in my face I don’t want to like her I want to punch her in the face I want to make her disappear so I never have to look at her funky style and big ol’ boobs ever again I could never pull off those shoes and that dress in public Where did she get those boobs?Frankie to me was not a bitch She is a perfectly nice girl she is extroverted she is eager she is affectionate towards everyone even Hannah herself But because she is inconveniently the object of Nick's affection she is portrayed as the bad girl Because she has large breasts she is portrayed as the bad girl That's not ok with me


  2. says:

    Um So I read this in one sittingI picked this up because it's about an online friendship which is a subject I'm interested in since I have so many online friends and have even had online romances The blurb sounded super predictable and typical so I wasn't expecting much but this book really blew me away It jumped right into the plot from the beginning had an addictive reading uality and off the charts romantic tension Nothing truly mindblowing happens here but it's a fantastic look into different types of friendships features several POC main characters and made me feel like I was really spending a weekend in Vegas with friends There are so many cliches used here so I can see why it wouldn't be for everyone But the fly through the pages experience was one I've been lacking lately and I really needed it at this time I was so disgustingly engaged in this story There was one thing that bothered me miscommunication but I'm willing to forgive it because it's used for character growth and I remember being that way at times myself So many other contemporary cliches were used here and done with purpose or flipped on their heads with insightful discussion by the characters that I was just clapping as I read I so badly wish I could dissect each of the cliches I felt it was tackling in the right way but it would be so many spoilersI was definitely not expecting to have such a strong positive reaction to this book I loved itI would recommend this if you Like the show Catfish Have had online friendships andor romances and are interested in that subject being explored Liked Anna and the French Kiss andor The Selection Much closer to Anna in tone but has the same addictive uality as The Selection AKA a fun book to fly through


  3. says:

    Welp This was pretty terrible tbh The only reason I finished it is because I pulled it from my TBR jar What a letdown


  4. says:

    This review is also posted on my blog Anatea's Bookshelf I was sold as soon as I read the words never met road trip Vegas Firstly I love the books that feature any kind of not your usual romance Be it forbidden be it they've never met in real life or anything along those lines I'll probably want to read it because I'll probably like it Secondly it has a road trip I LOVE ROADTRIP BOOKS I love traveling so I'm always looking to read books that feature some cool places Which lastly brings me to Las Vegas I love Vegas or at least the idea of Vegas I've never actually been there Immediately this reminded me of The Secret Diamond Sisters which was also set in Vegas It described The Strip and all that Vegas glamour in so many details you had a feeling you are actually there In Real Life didn't go so deep but it also captured Vegas in all its glory Hannah aka Ghost and Nick are best friends for four years but they have never actually met They talk online or on the phone Hannah sister and Nick's brother have met at a concert and had a great idea that their siblings should also be friends so Hannah and Nick really did start talking but they've never met in real life They haven't really made any plans to meet in person They did once but those plans didn't go as planned Until now they have never spoken of it again Nick is having his first big concert with the band and since it's spring break and Hannah doesn't really have any plans except to chill at the pool she her sister and her best friend decide they will road trip to Vegas and surprise Nick at his concert It is a great plan but some things you cannot plan What I really loved about this book except all those things I already mentioned at the beginning is how real the relationship between Nick and Hannah really is It's a popular topic these days online love What with Catfish and all But the truth is Hannah did trust Nick and she loved him but there was always this little thing at the back of her mind Is he telling the truth can she trust him And when they finally meet it is done amazingly All the little secrets are now out in the open and they still have to learn how to behave with each other so close They do know one other but In Real Life is like a completely new dimension to them Most of the little uirks and facial expressions are foreign to them and now they have to learn how to process themI really liked both Hannah and Nick Hannah is from a strict Korean family and all she knew her whole life is study obey her parents' wishes and be good She never did something she thinks they would disapprove Until the day she decided to go see Nick Even though she knew they were against it she finally decided to live the life a little and do what she wants There were times where she frustrated me to no end like when she had to tell Nick about her feelings but she never did I wanted to strangle her but then again I understood why she behaved the way she did She's used to safe and telling him her feelings wasn't safe zone any and she was scared But then again I really like the way they ended up together It was bumpy there were lies but in the end it's what made it realTo say I really liked this book would be an understatement I freakin' LOVED IT This you guys is Catfish but with a good ending You definitely need to add this book to your 2016 TBR list If you want to read an amazing contemporary novel that is Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest


  5. says:

    MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListMILD SPOILERSI enjoyed this book I will admit I wanted to smack people about a hundred times in the book but that's normal Nick and Hannah have been best friends forever Nick calls Hannah Ghost I think that's a cool nickname but it's because they have been best friends all of these years but it's been online or txting chatting video message you name it You can tell they both have feelings for each other but don't want to tell the other one One of them gets drunk one night and tells the other how they feel You know that drunk thing tell all your secrets Anyway The other one thinks oh they are just drunk talking and it's not real and I'm telling them I don't like them that way So it's spring break and Hannah decides I'm going to Las Vegas to see Nick She tells her older sister Grace and her best friend Lo they are very excited for this and since the sisters parents are out of town they just take off Oh and Nick says he's in a band with his brother but they find out that is not true Hannah is stunned when the girls get there to surprise Nick at one of their gigs and he has a girlfriend Yeah he failed to mention to Hannah who is his best friend that he has had a girlfriend for 3 months and some other things she finds out he has lied about Well Hannah's sister and best friend have a great time with boys from the band and such and sort of leave Hannah to fend for herself with Nick and his girlfriend Frankie She is a nice person in the book though There are a lot of ups and downs in the book people don't want to be real with each other people act stupid with each other but in the end it all comes together And even though there are a lot of negative reviews I'm seeing on Goodreads I'm glad I read it because we can't always think the same I also like going into goofy teenage heads from time to time I used to be one a million years ago So we do have a sort of happy ever after Things seem to work out for a few people in the book I would like to thank Netgalley and St Martin's Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review


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    Frantically hits the next page button on her kindle What that's it? It's over? Nooooo that ending I need I tell you I loved this book so much Anyone that's had an online friendship or romance will enjoy this book It's so on point about what its like to have a connection with someone online and how that impacts your life And of course everyone always harbors that fantasy of going on a road trip to surprise your online friend after months or years of communication Hannah's situation is pretty relatable and I liked her character a lot although her constant procrastination got Super frustrating near the end I'm talking smack my kindle on my lap look to the heavens and exclaim “oh come on” frustrating I think Hannah's indecisiveness could be a turn off for some people and admittedly the novel could stand to be a bit shorter on that front For me however I was willing to forgive this annoyance for the simple pleasure of living out an old fantasy through the characters in the book Light fluffyish read that I had a lot of fun reading 45 Buy Borrow or Bin Verdict Buy If you don't mind indecisive charactersNote I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review Psst Check it out for yourself here


  7. says:

    355this book is SO CUTE and i actually reaaaaaaally enjoyed it considered i only gave it three stars i recently changed my rating system so three stars isn't considered bad any but anyway my initial thought and conclusion on the novel this book is like fan fiction if you've read fanfic YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN if you haven't i basically mean that the plot and storyline is so cliché but also very enjoyable and fun it's a short novel so it's perfect if you're in a reading slump or just want something fun to read it also gave me lots of feeeels and i finished it in one night and it's so cutethe biggest issue i had was how FRUSTRATING the characters were 90% of the time they were fantastic; the other 10% made me want to strangle them it seemed like the author wanted to make them realistically flawed – which is great – but it got to the point where they were being a little irrational and annoying – specifically our main character hannah she can be so oblivious and annoying sometimes i just i can't i don't think i was really annoyed at her as a person but so at her choices so technically i like her character but sometimes the choices she makes are irrational and cause UNNECESSARY DRAMA it's book so it makes it interesting BUT STILLi found myself truly relating to the characters because 1 i have a few internet friends as well and also dream of meeting them one day albeit my friendship is not like their friendship 2 i live in southern california and often visit las vegas so i knew EXACTLY what they were talking about in terms of location and food 3 i could relate to some of hannah's internal struggle this made the book much enjoyable because i was actually visualizing them as real people with real experience than simply fictional characters i also like how we had a diverse cast hannah is korean her best friend is mexican etcoverall IN REAL LIFE did not disappoint it was relatable fun and terribly adorable although there were times that made it seem like it was overly dramatic i think it was necessary to make it entertaining it's the perfect book if you want a short romance to get you out of a reading slump or book hangover


  8. says:

    Love's latest is a fun fast paced contemporary filled with so much heart and adorable characters The romance between Nick and Hannah transports readers into the anxiety ridden world of first love There's here too about growing up and taking a courageous leap into uncharted territory Readers who enjoy sweet slightly awkward heroes will love Nick RT Book ReviewsA sweet story ideal for contemporary teens whose lives play out in similar computer and text message related ways BooklistNevertheless the story manages to find its heart when it focuses on Hannah and Nick's relationship The warmth and intimacy of their friendship is convincing and readers sighing over their long history will root for their relationship Kirkus ReviewsLove expertly creates a timely and entertaining story set on the glamorous Vegas strip complete with rock and roll gambling love and drama Readers will relate to the characters in this book and their effortless use of technology to support relationships​ School Library JournalReaders are treated to a romp through what’s possible to do in one night when you are under age albeit with a passable fake ID in Las Vegas so this is may be an enjoyable outing for fans of travel romances Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books “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 SummerI had so much fun writing this book I really hope you guys like it If you want info on this book like bonus scenes giveaways special announcements or any info on other books of mine be sure to sign up for my email newsletter It has all my favorite thingsLas Vegas best friends cute boys with glasses music and online friendship Oh and of course a little romance and maybe a little catfishing to keep things interesting


  9. says:

    Fafa's Book Corner Wordpress Fafa's Book Corner Blogger Beware spoilers aheadI received this E ARC via Netgalley and St Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest reviewDNFWhen 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 reuested it because I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt Sadly I didn't like thisThe 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 thenAfter 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 dayI honestly found this to be silly Something about the way it was written It was odd how uickly 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 continueOverall I did not enjoy this I cannot bring myself to recommend this


  10. says:

    This was so cute It was a uick funny entertaining and romantic read with a four hour road trip from Orange County to Vegas I don’t know why it took me this long to pick this up but In Real Life is an adorable YA romance where the best friends to lovers trope absolutely does not bother me If anything it makes perfect sense because Hannah and Nick have been best friends for four years albeit their relationship is purely online But the details they’ve shared to each other their secrets dreams passion almost everything they knew about each other It’s therefore not hard for them to fall It’s cliche ish but it’s still cute that she’s this super pretty stick to rules goody two shoes Korean and he’s this awkward in real life with that all American white guy good looks and she decides to get out of her comfort zone by surprising him in person as Hannah together with her sister Grace and her best friend Lo decide to embark on that road trip to Vegas on spring break The actual plot happens in mostly just a few hours over a single day and it makes everything all the fun risky and adventurous The writing is indeed witty with silly funny metaphors I enjoyed very much This is definitely recommended for anyone looking for a light YA contemporary read


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In Real Life

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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 the Love's latest is a fun fast paced contemporary filled with so much heart and adorable characters The romance between Nick and Hannah transports readers into the anxiety ridden world of first love There's here too about growing up and taking a courageous leap into uncharted territory Readers who enjoy sweet slightly awkward heroes will love Nick RT Book ReviewsA sweet story ideal for contemporary teens whose lives play out in similar computer and text message related ways BooklistNevertheless the story manages to find its heart when it focuses on Hannah and Nick's relationship The warmth and intimacy of their friendship is convincing and readers sighing over their long history will root for their relationship Kirkus ReviewsLove expertly creates a timely and entertaining story set on the glamorous Vegas strip complete with rock and roll gambling love and drama Readers will relate to the characters in this book and their effortless use of technology to support relationships​ School Library JournalReaders are treated to a romp through what’s possible to do in one night when you are under age albeit with a passable fake ID in Las Vegas so this is may be an enjoyable outing for fans of travel romances Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books “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 SummerI had so much fun writing this book I really hope you guys like it If you want info on this book like bonus scenes giveaways special announcements or any info on other books of mine be sure to sign up for my email newsletter It has all my favorite thingsLas Vegas best friends cute boys with glasses music and online friendship Oh and of course a little romance and maybe a little catfishing to keep things interesting

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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 metHannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to but wh Welp This was pretty terrible tbh The only reason I finished it is because I pulled it from my TBR jar What a letdown

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En 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 than friend feelings for himHannah's surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading ListMILD SPOILERSI enjoyed this book I will admit I wanted to smack people about a hundred times in the book but that's normal Nick and Hannah have been best friends forever Nick calls Hannah Ghost I think that's a cool nickname but it's because they have been best friends all of these years but it's been online or txting chatting video message you name it You can tell they both have feelings for each other but don't want to tell the other one One of them gets drunk one night and tells the other how they feel You know that drunk thing tell all your secrets Anyway The other one thinks oh they are just drunk talking and it's not real and I'm telling them I don't like them that way So it's spring break and Hannah decides I'm going to Las Vegas to see Nick She tells her older sister Grace and her best friend Lo they are very excited for this and since the sisters parents are out of town they just take off Oh and Nick says he's in a band with his brother but they find out that is not true Hannah is stunned when the girls get there to surprise Nick at one of their gigs and he has a girlfriend Yeah he failed to mention to Hannah who is his best friend that he has had a girlfriend for 3 months and some other things she finds out he has lied about Well Hannah's sister and best friend have a great time with boys from the band and such and sort of leave Hannah to fend for herself with Nick and his girlfriend Frankie She is a nice person in the book though There are a lot of ups and downs in the book people don't want to be real with each other people act stupid with each other but in the end it all comes together And even though there are a lot of negative reviews I'm seeing on Goodreads I'm glad I read it because we can't always think the same I also like going into goofy teenage heads from time to time I used to be one a million years ago So we do have a sort of happy ever after Things seem to work out for a few people in the book I would like to thank Netgalley and St Martin's Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

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About the Author: Jessica Love

Jessica's e mail newsletter for giveaways bonus content and other exclusive information Jessica Love is a high school English teacher who lives in Southern California with her husband and their two tiny dogs She's working on her Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University and her big love is contemporary YA romance Jessica spends all of her free money on concerts constantly tries to prove that blondes have fun and is pretty much always on the internet IN REAL LIFE will be released from St Martin'sThomas Dunne on March 1 2016 Co written with Chelsie Hill from Sundance Channel's reality TV show Push Girls Jessica's debut novel PUSH GIRL is available now