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Analee, In Real Life

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.

Through Kiri, Analee is
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVED SO MUCH ABOUT THIS BOOK. Analee was such a complex and fantastic character and I loved getting to spend a few weeks in her life. The only reason that I'm giving this a 4 and not a 5 is because, while I *get* why it ended the way it did, I still wanted it to go differently. BUT STILL. THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. IT HAS ONLINE DATING. IT HAS THE FAKE DATING TROPE. IT IS GREAT. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. Thank u for coming to my ted talk

TW: death of a parent, cancer
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“There are no rules for happiness. You’ll be happy, then you’ll be sad, then you’ll be happy again. Enjoy the happiness when you have it. When you don’t have it, remember: It will come again. You just have to be open to it.”
Analee, In Real Life is a feel-good story about family, finding your confidence, and growing up. Analee Echevarria is most comfortable in an online world as the fierce Kiri in an online game and is secretly crushing on her long distance best friend, Harris. When s
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Analee, in Real Life sneaked up on me unexpectedly and I am so happy it did! The year 2018 was the year where so many amazing diverse books were being published and Analee, in Real Life came at a perfect time since it was published during Latinx month in September!

Janelle Milanes’s book was the best-underrated book that I have read in 2018 because it is written by an own voices Cuban American author and the MC Analee is Cuban American! This book took me back to
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of this, especially with the aspect of online personalities.

I liked Analee. She’s loving and loyal and a lot stronger than she thinks she is. I did struggle with her in the beginning, but she had a lot of growth through the story and I quickly found myself rooting for her. There are several other characters, but I loved Elliott the most and could have had a million more pages with him.

Plot wise, it was a bit longer than felt necessary and some of the scenes seemed rep
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2018
I loved it all - the complications of blended families, the loss of a loved one, the acceptance of yourself as you are.

Another great YA contemporary I highly recommend!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-rating
“They leave a wake of smaller deaths behind them. Every dream, every memory bomb, every moment of happiness”

I loved this book. Not only did it have one of my favourite tropes (fake dating) but I genuinely fell in love with Analee and I understood her on a level I rarely connect with characters. Her grief was such a palpable thing, so consuming of her brain and her heart that she didn’t realise what she was putting out into the world.

The understanding of grief, specially a parental loss, really
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
TW: scene of sexual assault (forced/unwanted kissing)

What I Liked:
Analee – There was so much about Analee that I found relatable. She’s an introvert who finds it easier to share her feelings in a journal than out loud. She’s still dealing with the loss of her mother and how that loss reshaped so many of her other relationships. She has social anxiety and is not comfortable being the center of attention. Analee never refers to herself as fat (which might leave something to be desired when it come
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, arcs, diverse
As a fan of The Victoria in My Head, I was looking forward to Milanes follow up.

Analee, in Real Life explored some of my favorite things - friendship, family, and grief. It even featured some romance, but this was solidly a book about Analee working through her feelings and finding herself.

As anyone would, Analee took her mother's death quite badly. She cocooned herself in grief, sort of holding most people at arm's length. The only place she found some comfort was when playing her MMORPG. The
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
One of the greatest feelings in the world (at least if you’re super bookish) is finding a new author whose books you love. I read Milanes’ first two books pretty much back-to-back, and they were both so excellent in both similar and different ways. Analee, in Real Life has all the nerdiness, banter, and strong narrative voice of the first but it ends up taking things in a completely different direction. This book’s admittedly slightly less #mything, but it’s still just so damn good, and I’m supe ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
i'm feeling too many things right now and idek what these emotions ARE but all i know is that i can't stop crying and want to reread this IMMEDIATELY ...more
Allie (alliewithbooks)
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I actually read this book in one sitting. I mean, I did read the first 20 pages a few days ago, but then last night I just decided that I was going to finish the book right then and there. So I did. And it was probably one of the best decisions ever!

I really love Analee, In Real Life and I can't believe that more people aren't excited about it. If you like To All The Boys I've Loved Before and Eliza And Her Monsters, then you'll love this book. This has the fake dating trope and it does it SO WE
Ekaterina Kuchynka
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 stars

If you were a fan of the fake dating trope in To All the Boys I've Loved Before, you will like this one too. I also appreciated the family dynamics in this book and the Cuban culture. I enjoyed this reading experience until the last 30 pages. The ending was all over the place.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I dont know but I do really like it

Spent 2 days in a row (friday and sat ) reading a super angsty books really exhaust me so I need some town down and lil bit fluffy YA.

This one somehow reminds me of TATBILB ???? In a way .... But the ending *sigh* well I supposed that is what happen to people in real life so I can't be angry of the ending.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2019
This was fine, but I wanted way more Harris, and the ending felt SO weird. Really good (step)family stuff here though (from someone with no step-family)
Sarah  Bittel
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I adored this YA read about Analee finding her way from a place of pain and anxiety over her world to a place where she could be herself and not hide away. After the death of her mother, and being ditched by her bestie, Analee is spending her time playing online games. She has an online bestie she thinks she may be in love with, but they haven't met IRL. At school, Analee tries to hid herself but when Seb, the handsome soccer star, and she are put together as partners, she finds herself starting ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy, relatable read. The ending is somewhat predictable but it was still the best fitting one in my opinion.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
this book was way longer than usual and it got me so end like this. i know it was a good decision and wise and what was best for all involved etc but i’m not here for this, i hate everything.

i’m so unbelievably pissed
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I picked this up thinking it was going to be in the same vain as Francesca Zappia's Eliza and Her Monsters, but surprisingly it is not; a good surprise. While it does deal with an mc who struggles with social anxiety and plays MMORPS, it focuses more about self-love, family, and friendships.

I would recommend this for people who enjoyed Holly Bourne's It Only Happens in the Movies.
“There are no rules for happiness. You’ll be happy, then you’ll be sad, then you’ll be happy again. Enjoy the happiness when you have it. When you don’t have it, remember: It will come again. You just have to be open to it.”


Rep: cuban american mc dealing with social anxiety, latinx side characters.
TW: parental death.

In Analee, In Real Life, we follow Analee, ever since her mon died three years ago, she's having trouble to interact with other people. Plus, her best and only friend now appa
Rich in Color
Review copy: Digital ARC via publisher

(Please note that this book includes brief, non-graphic descriptions of sexual assault. Analee also deals with a lot of body-related self-esteem issues, including unfavorably comparing her body to that of her stepmother, and there are several passages of diet/health fad talk, where she is often disdainful of her future stepmother’s eating habits.)

Since I enjoyed Janelle Milanes’s previous novel, The Victoria in My Head, I was excited to see she had another b
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that this is the first book in a long time I've felt completely compelled to review. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where I saw as much of myself in a character as Analee. I'm in my late 20's now, but reading this book brought back all my feelings of insecurity, all of the social anxiety I've struggled with, that I still face very often. I think this is a story that speaks to a lot of people, teenagers and readers of any age.

There are so many things I love about this book.
Nicole ✧
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-read, read-sep-18
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Marissa Burns
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I was full expecting to give this book 5 stars. I don't give them away easily, but the last 30 pages are such a WTF cluster of confusion I'm still reeling from the disaster of that ending.

I LOVED Analee. Her thoughts were funny, self deprecating, and full on witty. The only other fictional character that I can compare her to is Jessica Darling from the Sloppy Firsts series. The endless supply of spectator sarcasm, commonplace introvert and inability to connect with people, well I dig, because I
Haley Fritz
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
So that was an unexpected ending, I feel cheated. It was however true to life and in retrospect somewhat foreshadowed. (view spoiler) ...more
My Rating: 5 stars ★★★★★
Just as with Milanes's debut, Analee, In Real Life is now another one of my favorite YA Contemporary books of all time! (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`)♥♥ I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
(*Also if your a fan of fake-dating, pick this book up!!)

Okay so after Milanes's debut, she easily became one of my new all-time favorite authors & knew I had to pick up her next book!

Analee, In Real Life was phenomenal! I laughed, cried, smiled--there were so many emotions I had while reading this book!

There were so man
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Janelle Milanes is originally from Miami, FL and received her BA in English Literature from Davidson College. A lifelong YA addict, she moved to New York for her first job as a children’s literature associate at Simon & Schuster.

For the past five years, Janelle has worked as a teacher and librarian throughout the New York City area. Her first novel reflects many of her own experiences growing up a

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