Book Review · Contemporary · Contemporary Romance · FIction

180 Seconds


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.


I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!! This is easily one of my top books of 2021, if not the top book. Jessica Park got me in all the feels…I laughed, I related, I felt, and I cried…I cried hard! As a treatment foster care case manager, Allison’s story was one that touched my heart in so many ways. I know firsthand the trauma one can face being in foster care, and that made this story all that more real. There are so many amazing moments and realizations throughout this book by the characters, that spoke to me in so many ways. The quotes, the stories, the struggles…all spoke to me and made this book that much more amazing. The characters were FANTASTIC. Their relationships, their struggles, and their triumphs made this book incredible. Jessica Park’s writing is amazing. Her way with words made this book both heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time. I cannot say enough good things about this book! This is a book that I will read over and over and I will learn something new from it every time. If you have not picked up 180 Seconds by Jessica Park, make sure you do! You will not regret it! I can’t wait to read more of Jessica Park’s books!


About the Author

Jessica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, RESTLESS WATERS (Left Drowning #2), FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE, CLEAR, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

 You can e-mail her HERE. Tell her about your ex-boyfriend who was a font nerd. Or send pictures of awesome Flat People on adventures. (You get bonus points for this. Possibly some sort of award, too.) Stories of online romance. Apartment rental disasters. Skydiving experiences… Whatever you want. And like any normal person, she has an online addiction, so you can find her on FACEBOOK and TWITTER where she updates with much greater regularity than she does on her blog.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s