REVIEW: 180 Seconds, Jessica Park

Thursday, 28 September 2017


 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.


DNF @ 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 amount of authors, most of which grew up in a two-parent two-child one-dog household, who decide to incorporate this into a romance novel as a way of creating romantic tension.
If you want a character to be emotionally cold and distant, do you know what you could do instead of giving them a tragic childhood? Simply make it a part of their nature and one of their character traits. Some people are naturally closed-off and I don't see why these characters can't just be to. Honestly, to use aspects of humanity in this way to create character drama, is insulting to all of the people who have had terrible starts to their lives, or events happen in them that are fucked-up and cruel.
I am one of those people. No, I didn't grow up in foster care but my dad's best friend was a foster parent for nearly twenty-years and I have a big fat checkmark next to tragic childhood, but do I get a book about me and a hot love interest? No, I get PTSD, depression and an anxiety disorder because that is how the real world works.
I am so fed up of books like this because I know that they are not aimed at people like me. Instead they are aimed at the same type of people as the author, who had regular upbringings, and who won't find stories such as these, a slap to the face.
Fuck you YA, this is me officially reaching the end of my tether.

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