Title: Perfectly Imperfect
Author: Harper Sloan
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Genre: Adult/New Adult, Romance
Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5
Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’
And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I’m completely imperfect.
And … I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
WARNING: This book contains mature content, in detail.
I honestly hate being at odds with popular opinion over a book that has such a high rating on goodreads, but I think my own expectations were so high for this book that ended up not loving it as much as I thought I would.
The thing is I really loved what the author set out to do with this story and the message she was conveying. This book covers an issue that is so prominent and important in the world today. I love books that bring attention to real world issues. That was a selling point for me when I first learned of this book and it was without a doubt something I loved while reading it.
However, I didn’t care for the ‘insta-love’. Hear me out; I like my novels mixed with romance. Sometimes I like a lot of romance and sometimes I like it to be understated. It really depends on the book and the characters. For this book I feel like I would have loved the romance so much more if it hadn’t felt rushed in the beginning. It made certain things fall flat for me and at one point it felt like the story was losing the message that it was trying to convey.
I didn’t give up on the book though and I’m glad I didn’t.
Over time the romance became more convincing and I ended up falling in love with not only the romance but with the characters. It was amazing watching them grow and achieve what they wanted as the book went on. It made the story and it’s message that much better.
Harper Sloan is actually a pretty incredible writer also. I feel like the ‘insta-love’ in the beginning kind of blinded me to that because it made everything else fall flat for me for a bit. As the book progressed though you could really see her talent for wording things in such a way that you could really feel what the characters were going through.
In the end, however, I don’t think this particular book was for me. I loved half of it but didn’t really connect with the other half, thus my rating. It was a touch and go read for me. Although I’ve always been a strong believer in not every book being for every reader. Take that, the positives I saw in this book, and the very intriguing synopsis, and go read it for yourself if you find that you feel it could capture your interests.