180 Seconds by Jessica Park
Allison grew up in foster care, not knowing a stable home, the only person she had was Steffi, her best friend-come-sister. Starting her third-year of college, following weeks of being an isolated shut-in avoiding as many people as she could, Allison gets roped into a 180-second social experiment where she must maintain eye contact with a local hottie. At first, the walls she's fought so hard to maintain throughout her life seem to terrify Esben, but as the clock ticks by, something incredible happens and as the 180-second time mark is called, they embark on a kiss that will take over the internet.
Okay, so my thoughts and feelings on this book are competing for spotlight right now. I really enjoyed reading this book, Allison was interesting as a character and Esben was a perfect book-boyfriend (and his social-media influencer status is great to read about too). The ending to the book ripped my heart in pieces and I found myself in the middle of a very very ugly cry. This book moved me, and it's been a while since a book has done that to me.
However, I have a couple of issues with the book that I'm trying not to take notice of, as it doesn't take away my enjoyment whilst reading. Mainly, this book is incredibly unrealistic - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, since not all books have to be perfectly real and sometimes they can just be a dreamy escapism fantasy. Things like Esben's perfectness, the first-time sex scene, the perfectness of Allison's foster-father and the kindness of so many strangers. They were all too unrealistic for me and whilst I enjoyed it and wished people really did have experiences like this, I couldn't help but feel like it was niggling at my mind a little bit.
I really enjoyed reading this book and Park is definitely a brilliant writer. She gave me all the feels and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.