September 10, 2015

Title:  Finding Perfect

Author:  Kendra C. Highley

Published:  September 2015

How far will you go for perfection?

For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.

Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.

It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…

**Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the publisher but that did not in any way influence this review!!

Ana will put Finding Perfect on her second shelf!!

This book had me smiling from beginning to end.  It was a light read that tugged at my heartstrings, made me fall in love with the characters almost instantly.  Although the story line is a tried and true plot that we’ve seen before – girl helps boy to get another girl but, instead, they fall I love – the author really did freshen it up and add some twists that made it very enjoyable.  This is definitely the read you need to end your summer!

The characters in this book felt very real to me and their problems were ones that I think many of us can relate to.  The pressures put on us by family and friends and the expectations that sometimes get out of control are well captured in this story.  I could definitely relate to Paige’s need to be perfect and to please those around her and I enjoyed watching her begin to realize what was really important in her life.  Ben is the perfect book boyfriend…smart, geeky-cute and caring.  His desire to help Paige and his realization that his feelings for her were growing kept me glued to the pages.  Although super smart, he definitely thought with his heart first in many situations and that made him even more swoonworthy!

I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this book and I’ve said time and time again that if an author takes care with those secondary characters it makes the book more enjoyable for me.  Ms. Highley certainly did that.  She provided us with some very well developed characters including both Paige and Ben’s parents and Paige’s best friend, Zoey (who I hope will get a book of her own).

So, if you’re looking for a book that will capture your heart, this may just be the one.  It’ll put a smile on your face and make you believe it love from beginning to end.  I think this is one you’ll enjoy.

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