Book Review 'Perfect on Paper' By Sophie Gonzales.



I absolutely ADORED Sophie Gonzales' 'Only Mostly Devastated.' You can read mine and Kelly's reviews here. So I was super giddy about picking up 'Perfect on Paper.' Can you feel the excited book squealing vibes that I have going on yet? It was most definitely a giddy book squealing, happy dancing, hugging book at the end kind of book. 


Blurb


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 the new Australian jock at school, 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.

But when Brougham catches Darcy 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. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has 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 possibly go wrong?



My Review


I instantly loved Darcy. Straight off the bat, I loved her humour. I loved that she wanted to help people. I loved that she liked to see people happy. I loved her relationship with her sister, Ainsley, the two of them were sister goals to be very honest, and I just loved everything that made her who she was, all her worries, doubts, interests, and loves too. 


I honestly laughed out loud so many times with the banter between Darcy and Broughman. The two of them were just so real with each other and that connection jumped off the pages and wrapped a hug around my heart. I adored that they could be so vulnerable with each other and I truly loved how they listened to each other and picked up on all these little and special ways to be there for each other. It was the absolute kindest, sweetest, purest thing that made me melt. The way Darcy was their for him in Disneyland, the birthday present he got her, uh!!!  I loved their connection and their journey in friendship. 


When it comes to Locker eighty-nine, I was pretty darn impressed with Darcy. She really took her time answering people and it made me smile that she truly wanted to do good and make a difference. My heart strings tugged for her when it came to her best friend Brooke and the dilemma she faced when receiving Brooke's letter in the locker. Eeeek, what would you have done? I eagerly turned the pages, part of me feeling like Brooke would understand because she was so awesome and cute and sweet. I thought that she might let Darcy off because Darcy loved her and they did seem like they would make such a gorgeous couple, but the other part of me was like, no she has every right to be mad. Darcy should have been honest, they should have communicated!! Arrrgh! The same can be said for when Darcy received Ray's letter. My mind was torn. Did Darcy do the right thing at the party? Uh you will have to pick up a copy to find out!!


The Q and Q club made my heart happy. I loved Finn, Alexei, Lily, Jason, Jaz and Mr Elliot, there really are so many awesome characters in this book, and I especially adored the meeting at the end when Darcy brings up Biphobia. I don't want to write any spoilers but I thought it was wonderful and brilliant and I just wanted to hug everyone in the classroom. The club was just awesome, supportive and inspiring and I loved that Ainsley had once been a part of it too. Did I mention I loved Ainsley? Everyone should read this bit, it was so important in making people feel seen, heard and valid and I just adored the positivity of it and think Sophie Gonzales is brilliant and wonderful for writing it. 


There were so many parts of this book that I loved, so I apologise if I'm jumping all over the place. I really don't want to ruin it and give anything away as I just implore you to read it now. But Darcy, Ainsley and Brougham had me in stitches at the end with their plan for Brooke and Ray, I really wanted to see the video they created because it just sounded awesome, sweet but hilarious at the same time. Also, Darcy and Brougham answering the questions...swoon!!! 


Oh how this book needs to be a movie! Sophie Gonzales is a genius and I'm honestly having a hard time with the fact that I have to wait until January for her next book!! 


This book really embraces learning about and loving who you are. It looks at unlikely friendships and giving people a chance, getting to know the real them and not being judgemental. It looks at honesty, communication, being there for your friends and family and it was just utterly beautiful. I highly recommend picking up a copy of 'Perfect on Paper' now!!! 


Happy Reading.


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