Title: Perfect on Paper
Author: Sophie Gonzales
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This book was a lot of fun to read. I was hooked right from the start. While the ending wasn’t my favorite, it didn’t ruin this book completely for me.
This book was really funny and much of that humor came from Darcy’s thoughts. She thought through everything she was feeling and this often led to funny remarks and deep-rooted feelings. Not necessarily in that order. There was also some hilarious banter between Darcy and Brougham so it was always entertaining when the two of them were together.
Along with the humor, something I absolutely loved about this book was the relationship advice. Instead of the author just talking about the main character, Darcy, giving out advice, she included some in the book. She also subtly educated the reader on different attachment types and other things that are relevant in a relationship of any kind. It was all very educational and enlightening for me and I thought it was all super interesting to learn about. I’m really glad this was included throughout the book.
Brougham was an interesting character. We get little kernels of information about him as the book progresses, but I still couldn’t form an opinion of him by the end. I didn’t love him, but I didn’t hate him. It’s possible my lack-of-opinion of him contributed to my dislike of the book ending.
The ending was unsatisfying in many ways, not just because of my confusion about Brougham. One, Darcy and Brougham’s romance throughout the book is not talked about much, and then, once we get to the end, it’s not explosive. They have their small moment and that’s that. I needed more. Much more. The ending in general was lackluster to me. The whole book had just been so engaging and entertaining that I expected so much more from the ending. It left me feeling disappointed and unsatisfied.
There is a lot of swearing in this book which I didn’t love. Much of it felt unnecessary and I just don’t like it when there is swearing just for the sake of it. I could have done without much of it.
Overall, this was a great book. While there were parts I didn’t love, I really liked the book as a whole and appreciated all the lessons it taught and advice it doled out. In the end, I’m glad I read it.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.