In Real Life

256p. ebook available. St. Martin's/Griffin. Mar. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250064714.
Gr 7 Up—Hannah Cho has spent her entire life doing everything she is supposed to do. She has never broken a single rule, except that rule about falling in love with your best friend. Nick Cooper has been Hannah's best bud since eighth grade—even though they've never met. They talk everyday and he knows everything about her, from her greatest fears to her latest boyfriend. When Hannah's original plans for her senior year spring break get ruined, she forgets her "good girl" self for an instant and suggests a trip to Vegas to surprise Nick and express her deeper-than-friend feelings. Her ever-eager best friend and rule-breaking sister are quick to jump on board, and so starts an adventure in love and self-discovery for Hannah. Love expertly creates a timely and entertaining story set on the glamorous Vegas strip, complete with rock and roll, gambling, love, and drama. Readers will relate to the characters in this book and their effortless use of technology to support relationships.
VERDICT A strong purchase for any library with a large teen audience.

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