Published by Wednesday Books
Published: March 9, 2021
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In Sophie Gonzales' Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back
Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.
Darcy Phillips:• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.
However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.
Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.
Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was introduced to Sophie Gonzales in 2020 when I read her book Only Mostly Devastated. It was a really enjoyable reading experience and I looked forward to reading more by her. When I read what her next book, Perfect on Paper, was about I was really looking forward to it. And I have report it exceeded my expectations. Perfect on Paper was a solid story with amazing characters and finding the right person for you when you least expect it.
Perfect on Paper is about Darcy Phillips, a girl in high school who has been giving love advice to her classmates. People put letters into an unused locker and Darcy anonymously answers them. She has managed to get away with no one finding out who she is until Alex Brougham catches her and everything changes. Now Darcy is forced into helping Brougham get back together with his ex so she isn’t exposed. And Darcy can’t let her secret out because once she does her best friend Brooke will not only know Darcy is in love with her but will also find out what Darcy once did to ruin Brooke’s chances at love. Too bad Brougham is complicating everything for Darcy, including her feelings.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly what I enjoyed most about Perfect on Paper. I loved Darcy and her relationship with Brougham and her sister. I liked Darcy as a character, flaws and all. She felt real and that made reading her story an enjoyable experience. She perceived Brougham to be a different person but as she got to know him she didn’t stick to what she assumed. She changed and grew and learned. And it made her a better person and friend. I also loved how everything unfolded at the end (without saying too much). It was all handled really well and made the book even better,
All in all, Perfect on Paper was a really good YA that once again reminded me why I still love to read them in my 40s. Darcy added a complexity to the story that I enjoyed fully. Definitely recommend checking out not only this book, but this author.