180 Seconds

Some people live their whol 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 firs, 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 ush from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a ourney 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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Published April 25th 2017 by Skyscape
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just let me like, be coherent first and also i love llison and esben with my entir heart, they have the epitome of a Healthie elationship and thanks for listeningnote: this was a buddy read with may, she did n't think as highly of the ook as i did and you can read her review here

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Instead of dwelling on the ad, he focused his energy on making sure that his social media followers learned to shift their focus from their troubles, to reach out and trust that there are good people in the world who will lend a supporting hand when it is most needed.

There truly are good people out there.

There will always be pathologically negative people who prefer hate over love, sadness and doubt over serenity, peace and faith.Life throws a lot of challenge in the pat of Allison and Esben 's powerful love story.

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4 cried my eyes out stars “ It ’ s going to hurt until it doesn ’ t anymore. ” 180 seconds is about a college junior Allison.

It was on the swee side and more emotional than I usually like my books, but I still really enjoyed it all the same.

But what I loved most actually was this was a new adult college read: I really missed reading that ind of books, it feels like no one is writing them anymore.

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I was expecting a book that made me FEEL, one that made me FALL IN LOVE.

Steffie is the only family Allison has ever known and the one person she ’ s ever truly let in.

Things start to change one day when Allison is minding her own business and gets pulled into a social experiment of sorts.

Esben and Allison sit across from each other for 180 seconds.

When Allison gets to know Esben and slowly lets him in, she starts to change.

Gardner was a real and flawed haracter.

I loved a lot of the haracters in this one.

I loved the romance between Esben and Allison, but I loved even more that it wasn ’ t the entire focus of the novel.

180 Seconds has all the ways I love in a ook.

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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 video blows up and goes viral and Allison 's best friend Steffi flies out from LA to get her into talking to Esben.

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180 Seconds is the first Jessica Park novel that I 've read.

I loved Jessica Park 's writing tyle.

The stuff that I did n't quite like in this ook include the romance which moved way too quickly and the predictable twist in the near-end.

When it comes to the ending, it was satisfying but I 'm not sure if I liked the cheesy parts.If there is one thing that I am most grateful for in this novel, it 's the absence of bullying.

“ It is allowed, I remind myself, to be wholeheartedly in love. ”

There were unrealistic scenes, but to be fair, the book had its cute, sweet, and beautiful moments.

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Allison must keep eye contact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds and when Esben sits down, she immediately hates the happiness and calm aura that he emits.

Haley has a toug time dealing with the after ffects of the experimentatio, the video having gone viral and discovering that Esben was n't a normal college student—he ’ s internet famous and hell bent on proving there are beautiful people in this world.

This novel is filled with Allison ’ s personal growth and although I felt like the cliché 'love cures all' occasionally made an appearance, I think the majority of Allison ’ s growth happened because of the influx of new and beautiful people into her life, not just Esben.

In the end of this book Allison chose to wallow in her pain, but as the storie went on and she began to notice the good in the world I loved the way she reacted.

The way their relationship developed and the absolute love and dedication Simon had for her had me shedding lots of happy emotional tears.

Also on a personal dislike ( as I know this may appeal to other people) there was a ot of current slang or what ever you want to call it, like slay.

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