Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

180 Seconds by Jessica Park
180 Seconds
by Jessica Park
April 25, 2017
300 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
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's name sounded familiar when 180 Seconds first popped up on my reading radar. Then I remembered. A while ago I'd read one of her earlier works because of a randomly generated Goodreads recommendation. I recall the emotions I felt from that book so I knew I had to give 180 Seconds a try.

It's hard to imagine anything significant being achieved in just a few seconds but that's exactly what happens in 180 Seconds. Lives were forever changed. Right from the beginning you can tell the book will be an intense experience. The story gets very emotional so definitely go into it preparing a few tissues.

180 Seconds delve into some tough issues. As someone who's never experienced anything similar I felt the story touched upon the problems in an adequate and true manner. It's deep and brought out all the emotions. Every part of the story just made you feel- for the characters, for what they go through and for how they pull through. The less you know about the plot the better to experience the good and the bad that life threw at these characters.

Allison and Esben had their own share of personal struggles but they tried their hardest to open up in their own way. I loved the balance between them. He never pushed or pried but gave her all the space and time she needed. In turn, she was very gentle with him when he had a hard story to tell. They're relationship goal.

Jessica Park is an excellent writer that pens stories that will get your emotions going. I for sure will be picking up her any of her future works. If emotional realistic stories is your cup of tea then 180 Seconds is worth checking out.
3.5 Cats
*I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.


  1. I haven't read this yet but I have seen tons of great things about it. The premise is incredibly interesting and I think I'm going to have to pick myself a copy of this up! Great review!

    1. Thanks Kelly! Jessica Park is definitely an author to watch out for.

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