Escaping Perfect

Finished Escaping Perfect by Emma Harrison.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Gone Girl meets the TV show Nashville in this sultry summer read about a girl who runs away from her high-profile past to live the normal life she’s always wanted.

Cecilia Montgomery has been America’s sweetheart since the day she was born. A member of the prestigious Montgomery family—the US equivalent of royalty—her childhood was cut short after she was nearly kidnapped. Since then, Cecilia has been hidden away, her adolescence spent at an exclusive boarding school.

Her dreams of becoming a professional violinist—dashed.

Her desire to be a normal teenager—not possible.

Her relationship with her once-loving parents—bitter and strained.

Nothing about Cecilia’s life is what she would have planned for herself. So when an opportune moment presents itself, Cecilia seizes the chance to become someone else. To escape. To disappear. To have the life she always dreamed about, far away from her mother’s biting remarks and her sheltered upbringing.

Cecilia says goodbye to the Montgomery name and legacy to become Lia Washington: relaxed, wild, in love, free, and living on her own terms for the very first time. But being on your own isn’t always as easy as it seems…”

This book should not have been compared to Gone Girl.  But that bit of false advertising aside, this was exactly what I wanted. It’s a sweet, fun novel that is made me smile on basically every page.

Cecilia (or Lia, as she christens herself) is absolutely fantastic and I wanted to give her about 37 high fives over the course of the novel.  The way that she goes from being completely sheltered (imagine never being able to do anything by yourself, EVER) to being able to stay hidden in a tiny town and get a job and manage to completely thrive? Yay for Lia!

I will say, though, that it ends on a cliffhanger, so hopefully there’s a sequel or something. (No, seriously—WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?)

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