Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Four and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  11 March 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Pages: 348

Blurb

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?

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Review

Thank you to Hachette Books for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Darcy has a secret – she’s been running an anonymous relationship advice business for years at school.  Students drop letters in an unallocated locker and Darcy replies by email.  She has a very high success rate and loves what she does, but when Alexander Brougham wants to hire her to be his secret dating coach, Darcy isn’t sure it’s a good idea.  However, she gets the feeling that if she wants to keep her identity private, she’s going to have to help him, like it or not.

I absolutely loved Only Mostly Devastated so I was extremely excited to be able to read Perfect on Paper!  Sophie Gonzales has a way of making a genre I don’t often read into one I desperately want to.  This one was just so much fun and although some of it was a little predictable, it was just such a feel good, sweet read that I loved it anyway.  Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of drama and ‘look through your fingers in embarrassment for the characters’ moments, plus some hard hitting topics, but none of that erased the fun ride and laugh out loud moments.  I really loved Darcy, her relationship advice was so wonderful and her mistakes and bad decisions just made her real.  Brougham was also a favourite character of mine, one that became more and more interesting as the story went on.  There were so many important issues tackled in this book and if you’re looking for a book with some fantastic diverse characters, look no further!

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