Better than Perfect

Finished Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.”

Anyone who has ever been a senior in high school can relate to this story.  It’s a time of so much pressure: homework and probably a job and extracurriculars and SATs and, of course, getting into college.  Junior and senior year is the first time where you can really see that everything you do can have a major impact on your future.

That’s definitely the case for Juliet.  She’s been working her whole life to get into Harvard, and now that the finish line is in sight, she should be relieved—except her entire life is falling apart and she is definitely feeling the strain of all of it.

I love books that make you wonder if what you think you want is what you actually want.  Walking away from everything is definitely scary but sometimes there’s no choice, right?

This book is fun but there’s a surprising depth to it.


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