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.
Released on 25th April 2017
This gave me all the feels – all at once.
An absolutely gorgeous story, showing that having the right people can help change how you feel about yourself and the world around you, and that kindness still exists.
I admit that the things Esben got up to were a little on the far fetched side, but in the world we live in, we could really do with more people like him, proving that not all people are bad, and that there are some people who just do good things to be nice, not to get something out of it in the end.
I really liked how Allison’s mental health issues were dealt with. As someone who has struggles with anxiety and depression, I could relate to how she acted, and the lashing out at her nearest and dearest is definitely something that rang true.
The romance was so sweet, kind of instalove with depths, I really enjoyed it. The friendship and loyalty between Allison and Steffi was also so moving – as I said – all the feels….
There were some heavy topics dealt with in a very deft manner including cancer, rape, abuse, guilt, death, mental health – so be aware that these are here just in case they are triggers for you. HOWEVER they were handled with great skill.
I just loved this so much!
Received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Finished on April 19th 2017
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