Well, it’s been well over a year since I’ve posted on this site, but I am back with a BANG-er of a story! One well and truly worth raving about – the amazingly sweet, emotional, and inspiring new story by Jessica Park.
Allison has just started her Junior year at Andrews College. Just like the two years previous, she hopes to spend the next year flying under the radar and maintaining her introverted ways – something made easier to accomplish, since her new roomie has just dropped out. Allison spent the first sixteen years of her life in foster care, but life’s been much brighter for her in recent years, having been adopted by her wonderful, solo, gay father, Simon.
Esben is also in his Junior year at Andrews College. He’s something of an Internet Celebrity, with followers numbering in the hundreds of thousands, due to his popular online blog and major social media presence. He posts videos, pictures and starts #trends. But he also posts about interesting people he meets, uses his site to raise awareness of issues, and to help people in need. Not that Allison’s ever heard of him.
The two share a Psychology class, but had spoken only once before the night that changed their lives, and launched Allison and Esben into viral video fame. The night they sat opposite each other in silence, and just stared… for 180 Seconds.
This story – or more specifically, the 180 seconds – could have been cheesy, but it just wasn’t. It was so much more emotional and heartfelt than I ever could have imagined. Allison and Esben made a beautiful couple, and though their connection was instant, I am pleased to say this isn’t a story suffering from insta-love. Their chemistry was something I felt through the pages, and I had no problem believing in their spark and wishing for them to get together.
I really loved the storylines that were happening outside of Allison and Esben’s blooming romance. Esben’s need to help people or causes, whenever the opportunity arose, continuously made my heart swell. He was such a nice guy, despite the ghosts of his past. Allison had issues she was working her way through, including learning to love and have faith in her adopted Dad, and make new friends. Simon was great, and lucky for her, Esban came complete with a lovable younger sister and two close friends, who became close to Allison too.
Perhaps the most important secondary character of them all, was Steffi. The sisterhood she and Allison shared was both enviable and heartbreaking. She added life, mischief, trust, drama and the truest love to Allison’s life. I absolutely adored these BFF’s.
This is actually the first book I have read by this author, but it will certainly not be the last. There was so much to love about this story, including the variety of drama it offered and the depth of feeling it brought out in me.
I was entertained by this book from start to finish. It made me swoon, laugh, cry, and fall madly in love with the characters. I didn’t want it to end.
Release Date: April 25th 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.5 Stars
*ARC provided in exchange for honest review*