Tuesday, March 16, 2021

ARC Review: Perfect on Paper Sophie Gonzales

Perfect on Paper
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published by Wednesday Books
Release Date: March 9th, 2021

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes—for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89—out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service—that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach—at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

My Review:
I don't think I have enough words to describe the beauty that is Perfect on Paper. Just wow. I couldn't put this story down for even a second. I was reading at work, at home, and while eating dinner. I loved every bit of this story and if you don't have this book on your TBR wishlist, you NEED to add it ASAP.

Darcy loves relationship advice. She reads all she can and watches numerous videos on the topic. What does she do with this advice? She uses it to help her peers. I loved this part of the story and getting to read the letters and her advice back to them. I found it to be very rooted in people and not pseudo-psychology. Darcy has a huge crush on her best friend but hasn't said anything. She's also done some wrong with her letters when her best-friend/crush has written to her. When Alexander Brougham catches her opening the locker and pulling out the letters he asks for her help in exchange for silence.

What ensues is a beautiful adventure about Darcy uses every bit of her skills to help Brougham get his ex back and help him find a reason for the break-up. I loved how everything went from a begrudging partnership to an intimate friendship. I was rooting for Darcy's advice to work out the whole time.

Perfect on Paper covers so many wonderful topics without seeming overwhelming or as if it was taking away from the overall plot of the story. I enjoyed reading about Darcy's struggles with being bi-sexual and that it came to be more of a society issue than a 'how she sees herself' issue. 

I loved this story from start to finish. The LGBTQIA+ aspects, the family dynamics, friendships, and relationships. I loved every beautiful minute of this story.

Sophie Gonzales writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit, and endless heart.

She is the author of THE LAW OF INERTIA, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED, and PERFECT ON PAPER. IF THIS GETS (co-written with Cale Dietrich) is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from Wednesday Books / Macmillan.

When she isn’t writing, Sophie can be found ice skating, performing in musical theatre, and practicing the piano. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where she works as a psychologist.

She is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.

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