Review: Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

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FINDING PERFECT is a satisfying friends-to-lovers story, and that’s saying a lot, since this is my favorite trope to read.

On Paige’s “D”oomsday, that is, the day she got a D in AP Calculus, thereby possibly derailing her plans to get into her dad’s alma mater, she almost had a breakdown. She’s been the perfect student all this while and a perfect daughter besides, fulfilling her parents’ expectations of her thus far. She hires Ben to tutor her, who wanted Paige to introduce him and get a date with her best friend Zoe. A bargain was struck, and in the process, Paige found herself having feelings for Ben…but what chance did she have against her more beautiful, more popular friend?

Ben is an admirable hero; working two jobs while going to school in order to help his single mother make ends meet. His confusion over which girl has a greater claim on his heart–Paige or Zoe– is understandable and believable. It was great reading about his struggles, and how he was willing to give some things up in order to help his mom. Truly an admirable hero.

Paige is one of the popular kids, but I get the assumption that she’s only popular by association, due to her best friend Zoe. She’s also of the opinion that being a popular kid isn’t all that it’s purported to be, but I wish we could’ve seen more evidence of this instead of just hearing her say about it. Zoe is her best friend, and while I understand why Paige can’t seem to be able to talk to her about some things, there’s no scene wherein they have any girl talk, thus making me wonder just how much of a “best friends” they are (this not counting the scene when Zoe wanted to clear up some misunderstandings). What I like about Paige, however, is that she’s not a snob. I don’t know how realistic that is, considering that she’s one of the popular kids and her dad is a doctor, so she’s rich, but yeah, that’s one endearing trait about her.

The story is told in alternating points of view, with each chapter stating clearly “Paige” or “Ben” right after the chapter heading. Which I think is superfluous and unnecessary. Because there is no doubt whose point of view we are in, as the first paragraph usually starts off with Ben did this or Paige said that. I mean, that’s clear enough, right?

Zoe is a great secondary character, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she’s not one-dimensional. Probably because the next book is about her. 🙂

Aside from the romance, certain parent-child issues were also tackled here, and for the most part, I think it was done pretty well. Most young adults can relate to that as well, especially when their dreams and that of their parents’ dreams for them do not align.

Overall, a great, uplifting read. Perfect for both adults and young adults.

Rating: 4 stars

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Summary:

How far will you go for perfection?

For “Perfect Paige” Westfeld, 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…

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