Across the board, my life has been an accumulation of dysfunctional puzzle pieces that will never fit together. I will him to feel my repeated traumas.
Author: Jessica Park
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 25, 2017
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.
Jessica Park gets me. Every freaking time. She’s an enchantress of the written word and I am under her spell. She continually leaves me wanting more. I still want more of her other works (Flat Out Love, Flat Out Celeste, Left Drowning, Restless Waters). I want a “Where are they now?” Jessica Park special. I want it now <said in my best Veruca Salt imitation>. Her characters speak volumes, they fly off the page and into your soul.
I will be totally honest, I pre-ordered this book without so much as a glance of the synopsis. When Jessica offered me a copy to review I jumped right in, still without reading the synopsis. She’s just one of those authors that I don’t care what the novel is about I know I am going to be it’s biggest fan.
Allison is not just broken, she is damaged. She’s lost in her own demise and I can’t even begin to describe how lonely that was. My heart broke for her every step of the way. Every time she was uncomfortable or unsure of herself was a little fissure in my heart.
I’m trying to think of a good analogy for Esben, but I can’t seem to come up with one other than a food analogy. I think I will stay away from that one and we can agree that he would appreciate it. There were times where I couldn’t get enough of his patience and understanding, but that underlying question haunted me… what’s going to go wrong? He was too perfect. Too sweet. Too brave. Maybe those are not bad qualities but they always make me uneasy.
I wanted to be a father, but being a father is about a lifetime of parenting, not just little-kid stuff.
Supporting Characters. You know I love them and really I’m surprised I’ve been able to contain myself this long.
I love him. I want a follow up novel of him.
He slayed me. Laughter, tears, the whole deal. I felt him. I felt for him. Every thing he said or didn’t say. Every drop of affection he poured out or held in. He was my total undoing this novel.
His randomness and wittiness are Jessica Park in a nutshell. This is how I feel she is in her own life and I love her even more for it. Why are we not besties Jessica?!
Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.