Guest Post - Jessica Love
Prompt - In today's modern world with the tinder culture and other online dating apps, would Nick and Hannah swipe right or left for each other and why?
First of all, neither Nick nor Hannah would ever use Tinder. They fell into their online friendship through their siblings, but neither one of them would go seeking it out on their own. Nick is fiercely private, so there’s no way he would post pictures of himself for strangers to look at and judge. And Hannah, well, she would be way too nervous about the whole situation and overthink it a million times before she ever got started.
BUT, if they were both coerced into installing Tinder and playing around with it, they would definitely swipe right for each other. As much as she tries to deny her feelings for him, Hannah knows Nick is gorgeous, and she stares at his pictures a lot when no one is looking. So she would take one look at his photo and swipe right as quickly as she could. It would be the same for Nick - one look at Hannah’s photo and he would swipe right. And he would be really excited when they matched, but he would freak out about what to say to her. Just hi? Make a joke? He would need something witty and entertaining to get her attention, but he would panic trying to come up with it.
So, while they would both swipe right, they would also both overthink what to do next and, even though they matched, would probably never even talk to each other because they couldn’t figure out what to say. This is why it’s much better that someone else handled the introductions for them.
In Real Life by Jessica Love
Published March 1, 2016
I actually found myself really enjoying this book – to the point that I almost gave up sleep for it and I read through it so quickly, it was awesome. Not that many books do that to me these days because sleep is always more important, lol.
In the beginning, I just really wanted to know what Nick hid from Hannah so I literally stayed up until I got that part, satisfied my curiosity for that night and went to bed. I guess what he hid wasn’t a complete surprise but I was a little surprised about the girlfriend aspect. I definitely wasn’t surprised about the band part though.
I’m not sure if I’m a fan of Nick or Hanna, to be honest, even though I enjoyed the plot and the romance between. Firstly, Nick came off as a player to me. Even though he’s supposed to be sensitive and a private person but the fact that he hid the fact that he had a girlfriend and even once Hannah found out, he couldn’t help himself and tried some lame lines on her, made me think that he wasn’t such a good guy after all. For me, I was like, seriously buddy? Stop trying to stare oogly at Hannah yet kiss your girlfriend in the next instance.
And then, Hannah. I was not a fan of her either. I found her a little immature and annoying, to be honest. Her sister and friend went with her to help Nick and while they helped her, they also enjoyed their time in Vegas. However, rather than letting her sister and friend enjoy themselves, Hannah basically threw a fit at them because they weren’t focusing 100% on her and her Nick crisis.
However, disregarding the two main characters, I did enjoy the overall plot a lot. I found the idea of a digital romance and then meeting in real life to be very romantic. Especially with the fact that I grew up with everyone cautioning me to be wary of strangers online and don’t go meeting random people after meeting them virtually. And even though technically Hannah’s sister met Nick’s brother and made the introduction, you never really know what someone is like. A virtual personality can always be extremely different from an “in real life” personality.
I also read this review on Goodreads where this girl complained about how Nick cheated on his girlfriend with Hannah and essentially vented on how that’s not okay and stuff. However, to be fair, he never actually did anything with Hannah other than say some smooth lines to her. He didn’t even kiss her even though he wanted to. The first time they kissed was after he broke up with Frankie. So I don’t know why she was so upset in that review – I just thought it was hilarious for her to be so upset over something that wasn’t even there.
Anyways, overall, I really did enjoy the book. I do think the characters could have been improved a little bit but that didn’t really cause a huge dent in the general of things.
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Ends 3/18 at MIDNIGHT
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