by Jessica Park
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…
After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.
One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.
When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.
***I received this ARC through NetGalley***
I gave this book 5 stars. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me happy, and made me sad. It covered the whole spectrum. I enjoyed this book so much.
Right from the get go, this book sorta gave off a happy vibe to me, even though it was actually pretty sad. I still had an overwhelming amount of optimism going into this book. That may just be because I’m in the middle of a contemporary kick and this fuelled the fire. Either way I was into it.
The characters were relatable, freakishly relatable. All their relationships felt incredibly heartfelt and I could not get enough of them. There wasn’t a character in the book that I disliked who I was supposed to like. They were all really great. Especially Esben, “Who smells like cookies and love.”
I loved Steffi, Allison’s best friend. More specifically I loved her and Allison together. Allison just seemed to be in a much better place whenever Steffi was around. A lot of times i’ve noticed that in books the outgoing extrovert friend is always really reckless and obnoxious, but Steffi wasn’t. She completely broke stereotypes and I loved that.
The writing style made a very sad book very fun. I genuinely had a fun time while reading this book. I didn’t find the main characters annoying at all which i am happy about because it happens often.
The plot wasn’t a huge rollercoaster, but it was still present enough to keep me on board. It tugged at my heart strings and helped the characters grow. I was very satisfied by everything that happened in this book.