180 Seconds by Jessica Park

So, one of my good friends read this book before me and she loathes sad books. She didn’t know this would be sad when she started reading it and by the time it got sad, she was too invested. I, on the other hand, LOVE sad books. It gives me an excuse to cry (not that I need one, since I cry at literally everything). Going into this, I knew from my friend, it would be sad. What I didn’t know is that it would be super cute and heartwarming too. Even though I’m back in my corner, this time with lots of soggy tissues surrounding me and my heart is broken, I do see a beautiful sunrise and hope of a brilliant tomorrow (Jesus, that was cheesy!). On to the review before I embarrass myself more.

  • Romance: Well, this one wasn’t so much about the sex as it was about the actual love story. I give the sex about a 2 on a scale of 1-10… it was very “fade to black.”  I actually didn’t mind it too much though. I think it would have been severely out of place had either character started talking dirty or whatnot. So let’s talk about the love story. The love story was really good, if a little too “instalove” for me. At times Esban (what kind of name is that?!) felt a little too good to be true. Allison’s acceptance of him and his love felt a little too quick and a little too unrealistic at times. However, together, they made sense. They were meant for each other and complimented each other in surprising ways.
  • Grammar/Editing: Absolutely no complaints from me!!! Very well written and very well edited, I thought!
  • Storyline: So I can’t say that the storyline was super duper original when you strip everything away. At it’s core it was very much tortured girl saved by hero boy. Except it became a lot more than that. The author threw in some fresh ideas that I haven’t read before – for example: Esban is a social media star with a huge following and does random acts of kindness type things. There was a lot crammed into the book and at times I felt like some things were never really fleshed out – like Kerry’s past. I loved the story of an older girl getting adopted by a gay man. There’s a cancer/terminal illness storyline too (obvi the sad part). Lots of moving parts made for a very interesting story at the end of the day.
  • Special: What makes this book special is the feeling that’s left behind after you finish it. Yes, you’ll be partly emotionally ruined because of the sad parts. But you’ll also have hope and be optimistic for the future. The world can deal you a crappy hand, but it’s what you make of it that sets the course of your life. And also, that it’s not too late to change that course. Ever. It takes work and you need a support system but it’s possible. And if you feel alone, look around you and you might realize you have more people in your corner than you think you do. All of that is what I felt after reading this book and I think that makes it super special.
  • Recommend: I 1000000% recommend this book. I do want to put some warnings here though: Don’t read if foster care, rape, cancer, death and dying are triggers for you. It’s special enough, cute enough and yes, sad enough to be enjoyed by most!

Alright dear followers, that does it for me in 2017! (I wrote this on 12/31/17 – it will be posted in 2018, however.) I don’t really do New Years Resolutions because I find them to be a lot of pressure and no one really sticks to them anyway. But I do vow to continue this blog and continue my book reviews next year. I am having so much fun writing these and it’s renewed my love and passion for reading. Let me know if you have any specific book recommendations for me to add to my list! Take care, everyone!

Bye y’all!

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