Kid’s Book Review: This Time It’s Real

Kid’s Book Review: This Time It’s Real

About the Book and Author

When 16-year-old Eliza Lin’s personal essay about meeting the love of her life goes viral, she gets everything she’s ever wanted but Eliza made the whole essay up!

In fact, Eliza’s never even been in a relationship before, let alone in love. All good writing is lying, right? Desperate to cover up the truth, Eliza makes a deal with her classmate Caz: she’ll help him write his college applications if he poses as her boyfriend. But Caz plays the role of boyfriend a bit too well…
But Eliza’s carefully crafted image begins to unravel as the relationship with Caz becomes more and more real. Can she still follow her dreams if it means breaking her own heart?

Ann Liang is a recent graduate of the University of Melbourne. Born in Beijing, she grew up travelling back and forth between China and Australia, but somehow ended up with an American accent. This Time It’s Real is her second novel.

Book Review

it's a gripping story that also highlights how peer and social pressure can impact on people's lives

This Time It’s Real is a book about a fake relationship that started from an essay and ends in a twist.

I found this book highly enjoyable and was hooked on the story of main characters Eliza and Caz and seeing how relatable it can be for teenagers this day as social media is a big part of life and can make us feel like we have to be someone that we’re not.

My favourite part of the story is when Eliza realises how important it is to be open with the people close to you even when it might be difficult because they can help you become the person you’re meant to be.

I would recommend this book for teenagers as for some people this can be a story related to life and can help them realise like Eliza that they are not alone and can find people who will be there for them.

I give this book a 10/10 and would definitely read again as it is so gripping and can it’s a gripping story but also highlights how peer and social pressure can impact on people’s lives

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Freya
  • Age: 15 years
  • Likes: Playing the piano, time with friends and Miles Teller!
  • Dislikes: Sprouts and broccoli
  • Favourite Book: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Favourite Song: Kill Bill by SZA
  • Favourite Film: Top Gun