180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Title: 180 Seconds

Author: Jessica Park

Publisher:   Skyscape

Format: eBook

Publication Date: April 25, 2017

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Kindle Unlimited

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.

180 seconds was an absolutely breathtaking and heartbreaking book. It also was a book about healing and learning to trust people. Jessica Park’s writing was flawless and masterful as she weaves a tale of hope and redemption between Allison and Esben.

The book starts out at a relatively low point for Allison, as she’s slowly starting to suffocate under her self-immposed isolation. But after getting randomly dragged into a meeting and having to stare into someone’s eyes for 180 seconds her whole life changes. This book was full of aw moments, and while at times the plot is predictable and tired, the characters make it worth it.

I know some reviews talk about how perfect Esben and the side characters seem to be. I didn’t read it that way at all. Esben is “perfect” because he is trying to redeem himself. As for Simon, I don’t look at him as perfect. He has a ton of flaws, but when you love someone those flaws turn endearing, and we see Simon through Allison’s eyes. As for Steffie, is there anyone who could argue that she had flaws? Steffie was one of the most lovable characters here, but she was not perfect. Not even close, and in the end she did hurt a lot of people.

Overall I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it really did drag me in and make me feel everything for these characters.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“We are engaged in a form of intimacy that scares the absolute hell out of me. It’s as if there is a weight on my chest that I want to shove off, and I’ve never been this terrified before.
Or this whole and hopeful and connected.
My body starts to tremble. I want more of what I’m feeling, and I also want none of it.”
Jessica Park, 180 Seconds