This weekend, I finished my first book of 2021. Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales was just what I needed to start the new year. Y’all have probably figured out by now that I’m a sucker for teen romance. Darcy Phillips, runs the school’s secret advice service and her secret is threatened when a popular senior, Alexander Brougham, seeks out her help with winning back his ex-girlfriend. Darcy may be great at handing out all the the advice, but her love life is another story! This story had it all: a secret (business) relationship, messy friendships, family dynamics, all the teen drama set in a private school setting, and the heart aching emotion that is teen love. It reads like a movie (my favorite kind!) and for fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and those that watched The Half of It, it will be a welcomed treat. Not only was this novel entertaining, it was very smart and educated readers on relationship dynamics without discrediting feelings. The author does an amazing job of normalizing as well as navigating LGBTQIA questions. The pop culture references were fun and the all the characters had heart, depth, and conveyed real emotions.
I had the opportunity to read Perfect on Paper via NetGalley. Make sure you add it to your “To Read” list when it comes out on March 9th, 2021!