Friday, December 14, 2018

*Review* 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Genre: NA/Romance
Published: April 25, 2017
Pages: 300

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 listened to the audiobook version of this book, and the narration was excellent. The opposite gendered voices didn't come off as caricatures and the pacing (listening at 1.5 speed) was great.

This book sucks. It made wet stuff leak from my eyes and melted my face off. Do not read this book if you value your face. This is how my review originally appeared on Goodreads, and because the author has since used it in promotions, I figured I should start this review with it.

I felt like this book had several different layers to the story. There was the budding romance between Allison and Esben, the friendship between Allison and Steffi, and the relationship between Allison and Simon, her adoptive father. All of these relationships were woven together seamlessly, working off of each other to get me more invested just so Ms. Park could destroy me in the end. She is basically an evil genius, and this book makes that perfectly clear.

So I'll say it again, don't read this book if you value your face. 4.9998 stars. - Katie 

Jessica is the author of CLEAR, The Left Drowning Series (LEFT DROWNING and RESTLESS WATERS), the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (& the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT), FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes. 

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  1. I love this review! You really had me there at first.

    1. Thanks. It was just supposed to be a joke review on Goodreads until I had time to write the official review, but then I saw that Ms. Park had used in in a promotion and felt like I kind of had to keep it then. - Katie