The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

Posted July 2, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

The Real Thing by Cassie MaeThe Real Thing by Cassie Mae
Format: eARC
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world. 
 
When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

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I’ve read Cassie Mae before, and I liked her style, she writes relatable characters. My biggest complaint about her last book (and I wouldn’t even call it a complaint) was that it was right on that border of young adult and new adult. This book though I think was much more on the new adult side, which I appreciated and seriously enjoyed.

So the reason why this book spoke to me was because it centered so much on social networking and how easy it is to get lost in the online world. So Mia is huge into her online presence, and her relationship with her best friend Eric was maintained when he moved away thanks to that online presence. When the two of them move in together for the summer its finally bringing their online relationship back to the in person relationship they had in high school.

So Mia is kind of addicted to being online, or at least that is how I would qualify it. She has a really hard time separating herself from being online, be it Twitter, Facebook, e-mails with friends, or just any kind of presence. She also has a huge obsession with reading, something I totally understand. I read so many books, and I run a website, so I have plenty to relate to with Mia about being online. We used to move around a whole lot, so I maintained relationships completely online, and I have to admit it’s easy to fall into.

Eric is a lot different from the guy Mia used to know, he’s lost a lot of weight, but he also has some serious anxiety issues that Mia doesn’t really know about. But when things move from platonic to more than that it’s great watching these two friends blossom into more, and how the two of them support each other through Eric’s anxiety and when Mia has a family crisis, it’s really nice to watch.

Of course Mia’s online life starts to become a problem with Eric when Mia starts to not tell Eric the full truth about who she talks to online. Mia is having an online friendship with someone who she is keeping to herself, and while nothing is actually going on it definitely makes things complicated in her life.

I liked that this whole books deals with something I think a lot of people can relate to. I’m sure we have all had moments where we want the person we are having dinner with to put down the phone. I thought this was a really good new adult book, I think a lot of people will be able to identify with at least one of the characters, and I think it’s a sweet romance, and a good read. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new adult book.

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About Cassie Mae

Cassie Mae (sometimes writes as Becca Ann ;)) is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

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