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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,940 ratings  ·  458 reviews
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans ge
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Warning: ragey rant against slut-shaming ahead.
“What about Frankie? I can’t do this to her. I shouldn’t have kissed you. I’m not that girl who—”
Bitch, please. You are.

This story is YA contemporary fluff about teenagers who make bad decisions. I'm not against this book because of the fact that the teens made bad decisions, I was a teenager once. I've made my share of idiotic choices about which I cringe upon reflection. I'm against this book because of:

1. Incredibly bad decisions. Yes, there
Trina (Between Chapters)
Um. So... I read this in one sitting.

I picked this up because it's about an online friendship, which is a subject I'm interested in since I have so many online friends and have even had online romances. The blurb sounded super predictable and typical, so I wasn't expecting much but this book really blew me away! It jumped right into the plot from the beginning, had an addictive reading quality, and off the charts romantic tension. Nothing truly mindblowing happens here, but it's a fantastic look
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Welp. This was pretty terrible tbh. The only reason I finished it is because I pulled it from my TBR jar. What a letdown.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List


I enjoyed this book. I will admit I wanted to smack people about a hundred times in the book, but that's normal. :-)

Nick and Hannah have been best friends forever! Nick calls Hannah, Ghost. I think that's a cool nickname, but it's because they have been best friends all of these years but it's been online, or txting, chatting, video message, you name it!

You can tell they both have feelings for each other but don't want to tell the other on
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I was sold as soon as I read the words: never met, road trip & Vegas. Firstly, I love the books that feature any kind of not your usual romance. Be it forbidden, be it they've never met in real life or anything along those lines, I'll probably want to read it because I'll probably like it. Secondly, it has a road trip. I LOVE ROADTRIP BOOKS! I love traveling, so I'm always looking to read books that feature some cool places. Which la

*Frantically hits the next page button on her kindle* What that's it? It's over? Nooooo, that ending! I need more, more I tell you! I loved this book so much. Anyone that's had an online friendship or romance will enjoy this book. It's so on point about what its like to have a connection with someone online and how that impacts your life. And of course everyone always harbors that fantasy of going on a road trip to surprise your online friend after months or years of communication.

Hannah's situ

this book is SO CUTE and i actually reaaaaaaally enjoyed it considered i "only" gave it three stars. (i recently changed my rating system so three stars isn't considered "bad" anymore. but anyway..) my initial thought and conclusion on the novel: this book is like fan fiction. if you've read fanfic, YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN. if you haven't, i basically mean that the plot and storyline is so cliché but also very enjoyable and fun. it's a short novel so it's perfect if you're in a reading sl
Mar 21, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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"Love's latest is a fun, fast-paced contemporary filled with so much heart and adorable characters. The romance between Nick and Hannah transports readers into the anxiety-ridden world of first love. There's more here, too, about growing up and taking a courageous leap into uncharted territory. Readers who enjoy sweet, slightly awkward heroes will love Nick." --RT Book Reviews

"[A] sweet story ideal for contemporary teens whose lives play out in similar computer-and-text-message-related ways." --
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review.


When I saw this book on Netgalley I was hesitant. It didn't sound that interesting and I thought that I wasn't going to like it. I requested it because I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. Sadly I didn't like this.

The book begins with Hannah who is on the phone with Nick. Hannah and Nick have been best friend
Aj the Ravenous Reader
This was so cute. It was a quick, funny, entertaining, and romantic read with a four-hour road trip from Orange County to Vegas. I don’t know why it took me this long to pick this up but In Real Life is an adorable YA romance where the best friends to lovers trope absolutely does not bother me. If anything, it makes perfect sense because Hannah and Nick have been best friends for four years albeit their relationship is purely online. But the details they’ve shared to each other, their secrets, d ...more
Jaime Arkin
I was only going to read a couple chapters ... But here I am two hours later, turning the last page and grinning like a fool. I have a serious crush on Nick Cooper and each of you needs to read this one asap!

Full Review Added 2.23.16

I may have just pointed you in the direction of your next favorite book… I say that because it quickly became one of mine!

I love the idea of a friendship and relationship that is built solely on knowing each other virtually and this book hit it out of the ballpark.
sil ♡ the book voyagers
I'm so pissed right now. I just want to rant and put my feeling out there but it's probably be super messy and in all caps. Which I don't want to because this is very important.

#1. SLUTSHAMING IS HORRIBLE. And I'm so disappointed that this book has it. I can't believe a YA book has this like a lot of it, to be quite honest. I'm so disgusted and I truly feel sad to see this in a book. Frankie is super nice and she never says anything awful (not an excuse either way) to Hannah. SO WHAT IF SHE HAS
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those that liked Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and A Cinderella Story
4 Stars, Completed February 28, 2016

My best friend and I have never met.
We talk every day, on the phone or online, and he knows more about me than anyone. Like, deep into my soul. But we’ve never actually seen each other in real life.

This is the type of book that makes me wish I didn't use a rating system with definitive stars. In Real Life can be a 3 star read for its noticeable flaws, yet it hits the spot so perfectly that it easily has become one of my favorite contemporary reads of all t
Lala BooksandLala
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
In Real Life was a cute story, but not memorable in any way. I may be suffering from a "10 years too old to read this book" issue, however I HAVE read some YA contemporary recently that I feel transcends age, and even as an old fogey, at the age of 25, I have been able to appreciate.

The story of two online friends finally meeting in person is definitely not a new idea, but this novel also failed to bring anything new to the table to make it interesting. It had cliche after cliche, from one perso
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
*I received an ebook copy of this book through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.


"My best friend and I have never met. We talk every day, on the phone or online, and he knows more about me than anyone. Like, deep into my soul. But we’ve never actually seen each other in real life."

I always have some problems with this genre. However this book has some elements that I did enjoy and in which I could see something of myself in a way. I have friends online. I have friends here. Real fri
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)
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In Real Life was so freaking cute! It will take you back to the time when you experienced your first love. You know, when you were a ball of nerves and wanted to know if the other person liked you as much as you liked them? Well imagine that scenario but the other person is your best friend in the whole wide world and you've never met him/her before. That's the situation poor Hannah is in.

Nick and Hannah are two best friends who've never met b
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
"Some people have a love story
But we have a ghost story
You haunt my every space
I see nothing but your face"

This is one of those times when I'm actually surprised with how much I like a book after I've finished reading it. The synopsis truly doesn't give it any justice. So if you're reading this review, don't go by what the blurb says, don't even really go by what I say! You'll have to dive into the story to see how truly cute and heartwarming In Real Life is. I loved the aspect of two teenage
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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In Real Life really had the potential to be a 5 star read. It has a very unique concept and a setting that is described so perfectly that the reader can’t help but wish that they were in the story. However, I found the main character to be ungrateful and rude, which really put me off.

In Real Life has a super creative concept that I’ve never seen mentioned in YA: Internet friends. This book tells the story of Hannah and Nick, two friends who actually met online. Th
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Are you in a hurry? No time to read a probably incoherent and spazzy review from me? Then, just this. IN REAL LIFE was blurbed by Emery Lord, the goddess that brought us Matt Finch from Open Road Summer and Max Watson from The Start of Me and You as far as book boyfriends go. Emery Lord, the goddess that brought us such awesome female friendships in both books. I think that speaks volumes on who's gonna love this book right from the get-go (everybody! be
Carla *Jen7waters*
***Mild spoilers ahead***

In Real Life had a lot of potential, I love the whole idea of “two people become best friends online and eventually fall in love without ever meeting in person”, it’s the new millennium love story but with a touch of classic romance to it, like two lovers who live far, far away from each other and only have their letters to each other to keep their romance going.

So, why didn’t this book work for me? Well, first of all, I could never relate to the main character, Hannah,
Tine’s Reviews
Oct 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
(Source: Thanks Net Galley and St. Martins Griffins. This will not affect my reviews.)

While writing this review, I’m listening to “One Call Away by Charlie Puth” and this song is perfect for this story. Because the story is about Nick and Hannah and they’re BFF’s since when their brother and sister met on bar. They’re BFF’s for about 4 years online and they haven’t met each other. Though, they planned to meet but something happened. So when Hannah wanted to surprise Nick, Grace (her sister) and
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I admit after reading 8% of In Real Life I was not all that excited about it. I was told by Gail that I would love it but I wasn't all that into it. I started it on a Friday and didn't pick it up again until the following Tuesday and I dreaded doing it. Well that Tuesday? I read the other 92% and Gail was right ( hate giving her reasons to gloat), I did love it. It gave me so many feels and once I really got into it I couldn't stop until I knew if
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I couldn't put it down. It opens with a girl named Hannah, and she and this guy have been talking online for 4 years, but they have never met. Hannah decides to go surprise him by going to see his rock concert. Of course she would have never expected what kind of adventure she was getting into. She has to get a fake ID, she has to lie to her parents as well as a security guard and she doesn't even have a clue about what is going on behind the scenes of her online guy. If yo ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2016
**I was sent this ARC from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in return of an honest review.**

My first thought when I read this synopsis was "OMG... CATFISH!!!" I had to know what Nick's big secret was. Is Nick really a girl? Does he look totally different from what Hannah thinks he's supposed to? Is he older and married?! Etc. A million possibilities crossed my mind and I just had to know!

In Real Life is a super cutesy read about a millennial love story of two people, Hannah and Nick, who we
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
The beauty of not reading a book's synopsis is that you have absolutely NO clue what you're getting yourself into. It's almost as if you're going in completely blind -- left to discover the plot and whatever else the author has laid out for you on your own. I went in knowing next to nothing about In Real Life, and I was quite pleased to find out the concept surrounds one of my favorite things, road trips! So our MC hits the road to visit her best friend, a boy she's known online for 4 years. It ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Real rating: 3 1/2 stars

“In Real Life” is a quick read that still packs a punch in the acceptance of the difference between expectations and reality.

I really appreciated that the book took seriously the importance of friendships that can form online. Some of my best friends were met online through mutual interests (let’s be real, those interests revolve mostly around books), and I value them as much as the ones made “in real life.” The expectation of someone you have met online measuring up to w
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Long distance friends, Nick and Hannah, have been talking, sharing, and possibly falling in love for years in texts, calls, Skype, and more. All online. But in a very out of character, spontaneous burst of rule breaking, Hannah decides to head to Vegas with her sister and best friend to surprise Nick. They’re finally going to meet in person! And Hannah is finally going to confess her feelings (aka LOVE) for Nick. Or is she?

Boom! Let the chaos, misunderstandings, half-truths, lies, and heartache
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

So I ended up finishing this due to a train delay.

I thought I was going to like this but unfortunately it didn't peak my interest at all. The characters were very one dimensional and generic whilst the plot itself was a little slow. I did like the little twist with who Nick was but that was about it.

I would still recommend this though if you like easy/cute contemporary reads.
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Jul 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF @80%

It ALL went to downhill when they FINALLY meet in Vegas!!!
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Actual Rating: 4.5*
You'll be able to see my full review, plus some extra goodies, on March 15th as I am part of the blog tour for this one!

I highly enjoyed this one. It was a light, fun contemporary about learning who you are. I liked that both Hannah and Nick hid behind masks of their own making, even if they both didn't really realize it. I liked all the characters and the choices that they made. I really liked tha
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