In Real Life, by Jessica Love
I read about this book on Goodreads toward the end of 2015. The reviewer promised a fluffy fun read. And that is exactly what I got. Senior Hannah gets straight As, follows all of the rules, and is pretty straight-laced. But when one thing too many stacks up during spring break, Hannah decides to break a few rules and make the 250-mile journey to meet Nick, her best friend for the last four years and member of her favorite indie band. Though they have never met in real life, Nick and Hannah and talked and chatted and texted with each other every day. Will an IRL meeting change everything for better or for worse? Hannah, her sister Grace, and her friend Lo head to Las Vegas for a spring break adventure none of them will soon forget.
I did have a little list of issues with In Real Life, among them underdeveloped characters, underage drinking and gambling, and unbelievable plot elements. The latter issue was the biggest one for me. Many of the plot obstacles were the result of failure to communicate, a straw man, or reliance on false information that would be easily verifiable on the internet. Suffice it to say that this is not a perfect book. But I did find the writing to be compelling. I particularly liked Hannah’s “voice.” Some of the twitterpated bits were fun too, and I liked that it dealt with the very current phenomena of having good friends whom you have never met in real life.
Overall, I had fun with this book. I’d recommend it if you are in the mood for a spring break road trip book where the main character has the potential to get catfished.