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In Real Life

In Real Life

A Novel

Jessica Love

Thomas Dunne Books


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 get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn't the only thing he's been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.




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...

Praise for In Real Life

“A light, ultimately upbeat look at life after spinal cord injury.” —Kirkus Reviews on Push Girl

“Kara's voice is so clear and so realistic that it pulls the reader in.
” —Voya on Push Girl

“The writing duo's personal experiences informed the realistic dialogue and fully developed main character. Kara's accepting her fate and the ups and downs of her relationships with family and friends will keep the attention of teens. This tearjerker is sure to be popular with readers.
” —School Library Journal on Push Girl

“A tender, inspirational, and, most of all, important story about courage and adversity and never losing sight of who you are.” —Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List


Reviews from Goodreads

Jessica Love

JESSICA LOVE spends all her free money on concerts and all her free time on the internet. She would drive to Las Vegas right now if she didn't have to work tomorrow. She is the co-writer of Push Girl with Chelsie Hill.

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Marissa de la Torre

Thomas Dunne Books

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