BOOK REVIEW: Perfect You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 25, 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible. And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest. Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them...
I'm officially not a fan of Elizabeth Scott's main characters. They're whiny and selfish. Although, I love the romance in her books.
Perfect You reminds me of my sophomore year, when I fell in love and had my heart broken. Also, that year I ranked higher than my usual rank, because being in love apparently makes me work harder. LOL Oh well...
Kate's year is not exactly fabulous. Her dad quit her job to sell vitamins in the mall, her best friend isn't talking to her and...she's a loser.
When Will started hanging out with her; cute, dreamy Will, she found her temporary escape from the embarrassment that is her father's booth in the mall. But where will their hook ups lead to? (Oops, spoiler)
Perfect You's plot is simple. It has a typical YA contemporary romance plot. The girl isn't popular, guy is. The girl's family is dysfunctional. Blah, blah, blah.
They're having problems at home because of his dad's business, which is selling vitamins in the mall. It is his dad's dream, but it's more like an obsession. The conflicts start because of that. Kate's dad would make her work at the booth every day after school. People at school pokes fun at her for having a wacko dad who sells vitamins to everyone and resorting to any kind of gimmicks. And then her mom basically got upset. Her brother Todd has to find a job before their family got to an even bigger problem. But even that isn't enough.
Kate. She really complains a lot about her not so awesome life. She blames everyone, but herself, as to why it sucks. She's selfish, because she only cares about jer feelings most of the time.
I think most teens can relate to Kate. We've all been angsty during high school. We've all screwed up. We hated change, because it scares us. Kate is a typical teenager.
Will. Most of the time, Will grins. He's boy-next-door and hookup-material guy. Not so much in the boyfriend department. I find Will's awkwardness cute. But I hate it when he lets Kate cut him. Man, grow a pair! Will you?
It's cute and immature, but I still like it. Because it's really how high school romances are. It's stupid how Kate would shut Will. But that's how most high school girls I know would react. Like they wouldn't let the guy explain, because they think it's some sort of punishment to the guys. Meh.
The lesson in the story is that change ia good. And sometimes change can lead to much greater things. Like they say, No Pain, No Gain. You have to give up some things, in order to change. Sacrifice.
Perfect You is a fast read and very light. Enjoyed it!