Book Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

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Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

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.

f i r s t  s e n t e n c e

Junior year of college starts now, which means I have two years left until I am free.

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I picked up 180 Seconds because I was looking for a feel-good read. A cute love story without a lot of unnecessary drama but still interesting and eye-catching. I would say 180 Seconds fulfilled these expectations up to 80%.

What I really liked about it was that it had everything included what makes a good book. Love, family and friendship. All these topics are important for the self-discovery of the main character Allison and I loved seeing her change. She became so much stronger and self-confident which made me happy and hopeful.

Still, I thought something was missing. It took me a while to get through the book. A tiny piece of something was missing so that it would have been a 100% book.

I really liked the main character Allison though. She went through a lot in her childhood and therefore was a very introverted person until the social experiment, until Esben.

Esben helped her getting out of her hole and showed her how great life can be. I loved that he spread so much positivity and the fact that he was very cute (:D) and active on social media made everything and himself even cooler. Social media isn’t a big topic in books but I realized how cool it is to know that characters can be into it too since it is such a big thing in the real world. I don’t know if that made sense but I thought it was pretty cool 🙂

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I would definitely recommend you to read 180 Seconds by Jessica Park if you are looking for a feel-good read, including all the right topics you can think of. The end of it made me cry and I mean this is always a good sign, right?

So, go get this book, my dearest friends. You will not regret it 🙂

m y  r a t i n g :  4 / 5  ★

Find all details about 180 Seconds on Goodreads and Amazon .

xo Franziska



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