Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Review: Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzalez

Perfect on Paper
Sophie Gonzalez
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Darcy and Brougham are two main characters, they both drove me batty at times, but with that, they are both typical teenagers with their lack of good decisions. I had issues with this book overall, mainly with its feeling like the characters acted more mature than teenagers do--I work with them all day after all--and with other inconsistencies.

This book was one of those I could take or leave at times...I put it down for a while but when I picked it back up I really ended up liking it again. I did not miss it while I was not reading it, but once I started reading it again I enjoyed it. It was definitely funny in that regard. The other thing that bothered me is that even with the main character really hooking into self-help/relationship stuff, I find that she almost sounded too sophisticated at times for her age.

What I did like about this book is the positive bisexual representation. I know I have students in my building that need this book. It is a great book for that alone because they have great discussions on how misunderstood being bisexual is and how that feels--whether it comes from another LGBTQ member or a straight friend/ally. I also appreciated the self-help letter that addressed the asexual and aromance spectrum too, because that is something that is not really addressed in many fiction books.

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