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.
Three minutes. 180 seconds. How much can your life change? Maybe you’d share a first kiss. Maybe you’d meet a new friend. Perhaps you’d hold your newborn for the first time or spend those minutes with a loved one as they take their last breath.
I often wonder how such amazing authors come up with such intriguing ideas for their stories. Jessica Park has always captured my attention, and when I read the blurb for 180 Seconds, I knew I had to read it.
This is a story of love, loss, friendships old and new and a journey to finding happiness.
Allison Dennis is a college student who lives her life in fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of rejection—she’d rather remain in the shadows than risk the chance of opening up her heart to only have it destroyed.
“Hurt, rejection, and emptiness made up my childhood, and they have controlled me for so long now that I don’t know if I can stop them.
But, God, I want to.”
All it takes is 180 seconds and a social media experiment to upend her life. With encouragement from her best friend, she faces her fears and takes a chance—to trust, to love, to live again.
Esban Baylor is social media phenomenon. Known for using social media to spread kindness and to show that love and kindness do exist. When he faces Allison and she is forced to spend 180 seconds in a stare off, she’s shocked to realize the connection they share.
What follows is Allison’s self discovery that life exists beyond the four walls of her dorm room. Esben is an amazing book hero who helps Allison open her eyes to a whole different world.
“Sometimes, the unexpected happens. Sometimes, someone makes you break your own rules.”
180 Seconds filled my heart with hope. I laughed and cried and fell in love with these characters. Jessica Park delivered a book so unique—nothing like anything I’ve read before. This is one you don’t want to miss!!
About Jessica Park
Jessica is the author of CLEAR, The Left Drowning Series (LEFT DROWNING and RESTLESS WATERS), the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (& the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT), FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.