180 Seconds

Seconds Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective For Allison Dennis all it takes is seconds After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next Allison is determin

  • Title: 180 Seconds
  • Author: Jessica Park
  • ISBN: 9781503943360
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 findsSome 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.

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    1. Allison is walking back to her dorm room one day when someone pulls her over to sign a form. With her headphones in and need to minimize socializing she goes to sign it and is roped into a social experiment video being conducted by a social media star, Esben, where people sit at a table staring at one another for 180 seconds straight. The intensity of it cause Allison to drop her guard and they end up kissing before Allison panics and runs away. The video blows up and goes viral and Allison's be [...]

    2. 4.25 stars!! I anxiously await every new release Jessica Park puts out. After she wrote one of my all-time favorite reads, Left Drowning, she has become an auto-read author for me. When I read the blurb for 180 Seconds and saw the gorgeous cover, I knew I had to have it. I preordered that paperback the very second I saw it live on . I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I was hyped up for this release and had very high expectations. I was expecting a book that made me FEEL, one that made [...]

    3. Apparently, I'm the only one who doesn't love this book. Huh.*Unpopular opinion, alert!*I want to start off by saying that I'm a HUGE Jessica Park fan. Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Celeste are both 5-star reads for me and total comfort food. I adored the quirky, fun humor of those books, and I was fully on board trying any and all Jessica Park stories. However, 180 Seconds was nothing like I was expecting. My overall feeling after finishing the story was that I was emotionally manipulated. Now, of [...]

    4. 3 Stars“Sometimes, the unexpected happens. Sometimes, someone makes you break your own rules.”180 Seconds is the first Jessica Park novel that I've read. The intriguing blurb was the one that pushed me to read this. In a word, this book was captivating. However, it didn't go where I thought it was heading and I kind of expected something a little different.Allison Dennis left the foster care system at the tender age of 16. She has lived with seventeen different families and transferred from [...]

    5. 4 cried my eyes out stars “It’s going to hurt until it doesn’t anymore.”180 seconds is about a college junior Allison. After sixteen years of being tossed around the foster care system, unwanted, she was adopted by her father. Now years later in college, she still lacks social skills and would prefer to spend her time studying or in her room. While talking a walk one day, she gets roped into a social experiment where two people stare into each others eyes for 180 seconds, no breaks. The [...]

    6. 4/5 stars“We are not statistics.”This was such an emotional contemporary, I went in expecting some cheesy and cliché college love and although it did have a lot of that, this was full of hard and painful subjects. I read this in two sittings (work got in the way or I probably would have finished it in one) and shed so many little tears. I wouldn’t consider this book sad but it was emotional and tugged at my heart. I loved the premise that is two strangers could be connected and understand [...]

    7. 4.5 stars About a year ago, some videos conducting social experiments between strangers went viral. These videos had complete strangers kiss, hug, look into each other’s eyes, and their reactions were filmed. 180 Seconds centres around one such experiment, one with huge consequences for the two people involved.I really loved this book. It was an anxious person’s dream – or rather, it was my dream. The story feels a bit like Fangirl in the beginning, where the protagonist has major anxiety [...]

    8. 3.75/5 🌟This book was so adorable y'all and it was exactly the kind of story I was in the mood for! I went into it with pretty low expectations but boy it had me tearing up every other chapter, whether it be from tears of joy or sadness. The plot was so sweet (although a bit toooo sweet at times) and the romance literally had me squealing from the first few chapters *sigh* The story did take on a serious undertone towards the end which was heartbreaking 💔 However I'll have to say that the [...]

    9. I LOVED this book! Esben and Allison were perfect! This was such a beautiful and emotional story, I felt so many emotions while reading this. The writing was amazing, the characters complex and the story at times heartbreaking and heartwarming. This is a top pick of 2017 for me and going on my all-time favorites list. This book touched my heart and will stay with me forever! Highly recommend!

    10. 4 - 4.5 ★'s "How can you be this everything?"Addison and Esben meet at college when she drops her drink and then when they're in the same class. But that's not the best time they meet. That's when Esben is doing a social experiment of strangers having to look into each other's eyes for 180 secondsd it was flippin' amazing! See, Esben is a bit of a social media celebrity around school and townd his popularity is growing. A lot of it has to do with all the "feel-good" things he blogs/tweets/etc. [...]

    11. 4.5 stars!Oh wow. What a stunningly beautiful, emotional and unexpected NA read! Sweet, heartbreaking and heartwarming with a romance that had me swooning, this little read took me by surprise and completely stole my heart!I say this book took me by surprise, but it really shouldn’t have – it’s Jessica Park! And this book recaptures the feeling, the sweetness and the emotion of my favourite book of hers – Flat-Out Love. Big words, but there you have it. I loved it!Allison is entering her [...]

    12. 4.5/5 stars180 Seconds is a standalone New Adult contemporary romance.The narrator is Allison Dennis. The book is told in 1st person POV. Allison is in her junior year at Andrews College in Maine.I would categorize the book as NA because it takes place in college and deals with some difficult topics. But it's not steamy like most NA books.I was very impressed with how Allison was written. She is not your average happy go lucky girl who wants to party at college. But rather she has had a very tou [...]

    13. ***4,5 "Life- changing!!!" stars***********************************"Sometimes, the unexpected happens. Sometimes, someone makes you break your own rules."********************************To be totally honest with you, i have almost two months that i have finished this book, but the circumstances didn't allow me to write my review sooner But I still remember how this book made me feel!!!!I liked every single moment in it and i couldn't stop reading!!!! It was such a wonderful story and although th [...]

    14. 180 SecondsJessica ParkReceived from Netgalley Holy cow! What a beautiful story 180 SECONDS is. I finished reading it with tears in my eyes, a huge lump in my throat, and a big stupid smile on my face. My emotions were all over the place and my heart broke over and over again. What an emotional story that is going to stay with me for a long long time. I've never read Jessica Park before, but she is now on my auto buy list of authors and I will read everything she writes. She blew me and my heart [...]

    15. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park5 stars!!!“You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”Jessica Park, for me, is synonymous with reads that have relatable characters that have their quirks and stories that deal with real life. Jessica Park’s character connection is always on point and so her stories always deliver the emotional reads that I crave and boy does 180 Seconds on ALL counts. This is an author whose writing style is one I clicked with from the be [...]

    16. Allison is special, she is. Battling the demons of her past, being thrown from one foster family to another, she struggles to trust people. The only person she actually trusts is Steffi, her best friend. She doesn't let others in, not people she meets at school, not Simon, her foster dad. She's on her own, in her dorm and fights to survive.This was so familiar to me since I've always had problems trusting people. I honestly still do and reading the way she copes with it was heart-lifting because [...]

    17. *2.4/5 stars*“It’s going to hurt until it doesn’t anymore.”180 seconds wasn't what I expected it to be coming into this book. This is not a story about college girl with anxiety, not really, at least not for me. Yes, Allison has anxiety, but it's mostly at the very beginning and then it pretty much dissipates into thin air mainly becuse of the romance. A few chapters after she meets the love interest - Esben, she just kind of decides to be more brave and start her life etc, and I cannot [...]

    18. To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ bit/2zzVt0RDNF @ 15% This book is honestly so bad that I can't continue. From the first sentence I have tried my hardest but six chapters in, I've had more than enough and simply have to give up.Also, can someone explain to me why tragic backstories are such a common trope in YA fiction? Events like this that happen in people's lives are not cute or endearing or dramatic, they fucking suck. I'm honestly becoming rather frustrated by the [...]

    19. I felt like it was obvious reading this book that Jessica Park had collected a few viral news stories and decided they would make unique backstories for her characters, which was quirky but didn't build one cohesive story. We follow Allison during her second year of college where she takes part in a social experiment to keep eye contact with a boy, Esben, for 180 seconds and something magical happens and they end up having this deep connection. This wouldn't been the perfect opportunity for some [...]

    20. 4.5 stars.I LOVED the idea for this book. 180 seconds of eye contact, social experiments, etc. This was so unique and felt so cool, but there are plenty of things I love about this book. :)Jessica Park is another on my list of BB17 authors.

    21. I liked this book. I did. I just did not love it. And I so badly wanted to.I feel like lately, I have started many of my reviews with similar opening lines. I have been looking for a book to blow my mind, and I found one in Strange the Dreamer, the second five-star I’ve read this year. I wanted this one to be the third. It was not.For me to love a book, I need to care. I need to care about the plot. I need to care about the characters. Sadly, I couldn’t. I don’t know what it was, but I did [...]

    22. Το 180 seconds ήταν για μένα ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο!Τρυφερό, γλυκό, συγκινητικό, βαθιά ανθρώπινο. Η ιστορία κυλάει τόσο όμορφα και αβίαστα. Τα μηνύματα που περνάει το βιβλίο άπειρα. Με απλότητα και ίσως κάποιες υπερβολές, που εξυπηρετούν την ιστορία αλλά δεν ενοχλούν, το μεγαλύτερο μ [...]

    23. If you're just discovering Jessica Park's writing with 180 SECONDS, THIS is the story that will make you fall in love with her books.After having read just a few chapters, I messaged a friend told her "It's already amazing. I'm just going to hand over my heart to Jessica Park. Seriously, just take it." I felt this way early on and that emotion continued throughout.There is a tone and pacing to her writing that makes everything else fall away and I became immersed in the lives of the characters. [...]

    24. Allison is an introverted girl, just getting through life. She grew up moving in and out of foster families, although she never had it too bad, she never had anything consistent for too long. Until she was adopted at 16 years old. Even though she now has a dad, she's still very closed off and holds her cards very close to her chest. Hell, they are practically in her pocket. The only person who she trusts is her best friend Steffi who she met in the system!That all changes after she spends 180 se [...]

    25. This wasn’t terrible overall, there was just a bunch a little nitpicky things that annoyed me in the beginning of the story that clouded my view when reading, and nothing was able to overcome that.Things I Liked:-Growth. I liked that Allison became her own person. She’s had a tough life and has self-isolated as a form of protection and self-preservation. Through the course of the story, we see her begin to open up and experience life and all its quirks and trials and joys. Her growth is prop [...]

    26. This was such a sweet, feel-good read. I completely fell in love with Allison and Esben and the coziness of their little world. It makes me think of past trips up to New England with all the homey touches of Maine and blueberry ice cream and seafood. Jessica Park does an amazing job bringing out the heart in her characters and drawing relationships that you really want to root for. I got choked up with each little mini-story Esben brought to life through his social media and desire to do good. A [...]

    27. 4.5 ⭐️ Cute contemporary about college students which i love because how many contemporary books are about 15 year old having deep conversations and have wonderful meaningful sex with their one true love. College is the time for alcohol, experimentation and sex in books (and IRL) not freshman in high school. Esben is virtually famous and goes to Allisons school. Allison had no idea who he was until after they kissed and ended up virtually famous as well. Allison wanted a normal college exper [...]

    28. 5 table-throwing starsThis book has blown me away from a slowish, ground-building start, to being all encompassing at 20%, to the intermittent crying from 75% onwards. It truly deserves the 5 stars because whilst it might only make you feel a little good, most importantly it made me feeleverything.The concept for this story and the title smashed through my preconception from the blurb, into something that epitomised a truly great connection. A connection can be momentary, it's not always long-la [...]

    29. --Contains some spoilers---Well. I've not cried that much at a book in a long time.:[Side note: I never cry at books] The last like 30% of this book? I was a mess. I was ugly sobbing at 2am last night and I still get emotional thinking about it.And it came out of nowhere. I knew that things were too happy because our protagonist was all 'Everything is great. I'm happy' which is a HUGE warning that something is about to happen. Jessica Park didn't disappoint. It was such a massive shift in the pl [...]

    30. *I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* 11 "Be brave, Be brave, Be brave." Stars!!!!!!There are so many emotions that are radiating out of me, and I can't contain them. This book. I wish, umm, I wish I had the perfect words to express just what this book did to me. '180 Seconds' deserves ALL the beautiful and soul-grasping and wondrous brilliant words. And, to my dismay, I know I will not do this review justice, and that pains me. This story and t [...]

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