Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review- FINDING PERFECT by Kendra C. Highley

Publisher: Entangled Crush
Pub. Date: September 14, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary 
Source: E-Arc
Rating: 3 Stars

How far will you go for perfection? 

For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.

Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.

It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…

Hm. I'm at a crossroads here... Fifty-six percent into the book and I'm still deciding if I like it. Okay, wrong choice of words. I do like it and that's why I keep reading it. But some things just truly irk me. The hero of the story, Ben, kind of acts like a high school girl. Instead of the boy he is supposed to be. He's smart and hardworking; though he is obsessed with popularity and a girl who doesn't even know who he is. When goody two-shoe Paige stumbles into his life, he's found the perfect opportunity to get her to introduce him to Zoey; the girl he's hell bent on being with and Paige's best friend. 

Do you see where this is going? Paige is feeling so much pressure trying to appease her parents. They have her whole life planned for her. She'll go to Stanford, then go to med-school, and then eventually she'll take over her dad's practice. It isn't going to happen is she ends up flunking calculus. So when she 'meets' Ben, she's found the perfect opportunity - he'll tutor her if she helps him snag Zoey's attention. Here's the thing, Paige thinks he's better suited for her. I don't disagree with her there. But Paige is also one that keeps her promises. Meaning she'll fix the boy she secretly likes up with her best friends. Even if it slowly kills her inside. 

Sounds good, right? It is. Like I said before, I keep reading it and obviously it means I like it
somewhat. If I were to really be annoyed and hated it, I would have given up by now. What bugs me
is that they both know what they want and instead of talking it out, they're acting like they know what the other is thinking. Such as Paige couldn't possibly like Ben or Ben couldn't possibly like Paige when he has a girl like Zoey vying for his attention. And as I've mentioned before, Ben acts like a girl when Zoey touches him or when she asks him out. Bleh, get a grip dude!

Alright, let me get back to the story!

"I remember how hard all this stuff is—and guys always try to figure out girls without actually talking to them, which usually backfires and ends up with you being screamed at in the senior hallway. So, text her. Before Monday.” This is q direct quote from the story. This is what I'm talking about! Communication, people. It's that freaking easy. 

Finished the last half of the book. The verdict is...I freaken loved it! The ending was so much better than I had expected. I ended up loving two side characters: Paige's dad and Zoey. Zoey is awesome and I'm hoping to see her book come out. Hint hint. What can I say without giving anything away? This was light-hearted, fun, and it totally took my by surprise. Especially with the way the beginning started. 

There were some laugh out loud moments, swoon-worthy moments, and moments that made me sigh out loud. Yes, I'm such a hopeless romantic. I can't help it. Overall, it's no secret that I recommend you read Finding Perfect. We all need to realize that life is too damn short to be unhappy; be yourself and do what YOU want to do and not what you think everyone else wants you to do. That was the message I was left with after reading the book. Do you. Do what makes you happy. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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