This book, well this is not a book that was given to me. I purchased this one for my very own reading enjoyment and even though I don’t have to share my thoughts with you, I want to.
This book is amazing, actually there is not a strong enough word in print to describe this one.
“The openness in his demeanor, his willingness to be so present, to want an exchange of some sort, is stronger than I am. But he has no idea what he’s asking of me, what he’ll find. My attitude shifts. You want to play? I dare him. You want to use me for some kind of class project or whatever this is? You want inside my head? Fine. You have no idea how messed up I am. Go ahead. Drown like I do. I step out from behind my walls.
For the first time, I look at him as I am. I give him me. I’ll feel everything that I do on a daily basis and send it his way. We’ll see if he can take it. Wordlessly, I can slay him with my anger and pain. And that’s what I want. To take him down, to lash out at him in anger.”
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.
This is not an erotic adventure, this is not a suspensful thrill ride, it is not a syrupy sweet read but it is prolificly phenomenal, it will hold a place in your soul and move you beyond your comprehension.
There is sweetness and love, there is earth shattering romance but there will be tears. Tons of tears. You will run the gambit of emotions from ‘awe’ moments to ‘ugly cry’ tears where only wrapping your arms around yourself will hold you together. It will warm you, take residence in your soul. You will give a piece of yourself to these characters and in return carry a piece of them with you always.
THIS is a book you must experience.
The star chart doesn’t have a count high enough for this one. Infinite is not enough!
I’m kinda speechless right now. But I will try to find the words to tell you how epic this book is.
Prolific, moving, amazing…none of these are powerful enough to describe these pages. I’m not a crying type person. There has never been a book that could make me shed tears…this book had tears filling my eyes. This book melted the ice surrounding me and broke me.
This book shot straight to my best reads of all time list. This book will stay with me for a very long time. This is a read beyond star ratings, beyond words. I fell so far into this story that I never wanted to climb out.
Ebsen is one of the most amazing men I have read. He is all the good that is in the world. He is a golden halo in the dredge of humanity. The light in the dark and he will bring Allison back to the surface.
This book will break you, it will make you smile, it will warm you and it will steal a piece of your soul. You will leave a piece of yourself with these characters and they will take a place inside you.
In 180 Seconds you can give it all to a stranger. No words, no touching just watching. In only 180 Seconds your whole world will change!