April 25, 2017
After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.
One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.
When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.
"Amazing read!" By Silver 9 months ago
I love this book! It resonated in me, especially the growth and realizations that Allison goes through. It's a sweet love story that's very emotional, and I find myself reaching for the tissues a lot of times throughout the book. Not all the time though, as there were other moments that were funny and had me laughing out loud.
Love Allison and Esben together--their romance is sweet and adorable. A noteworthy secondary character is the dad who adopted Allison when she was 16. My eyes grew misty from the love and support he gave her. I wish more dads were like that (thinking about kids who were abandoned by their dads)!
I've read books where social media brings tragic repercussions to the characters, but here it's the opposite. While it's true social media can do lots of good, there are also the bad, and it's great to see that balanced here.
Overall, an amazing read you shouldn't miss out on!