This was so cute. It was a quick, funny, entertaining, and romantic read with a four-hour road trip from Orange County to Vegas. I don’t know why it took me this long to pick this up but In Real Life is an adorable YA romance where the best friends to lovers trope absolutely does not bother me. If anything, it makes perfect sense because Hannah and Nick have been best friends for four years albeit their relationship is purely online. But the details they’ve shared to each other, their secrets, dreams, passion, almost everything they knew about each other. It’s therefore not hard for them to fall.
It’s cliche-ish but it’s still cute that she’s this super pretty, stick-to-rules, goody-two-shoes Korean and he’s this awkward in real life with that all-American white guy good looks and she decides to get out of her comfort zone by surprising him in person as Hannah together with her sister Grace and her best friend Lo decide to embark on that road trip to Vegas on spring break.
The actual plot happens in mostly just a few hours over a single day and it makes everything all the more fun, risky, and adventurous.
The writing is indeed witty with silly, funny metaphors I enjoyed very much. This is definitely recommended for anyone looking for a light YA contemporary read.