Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Paperback: 282 pages
Release date: March 25th 2008
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Goodreads Summary: 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...

This book is a big disappointment for me. I don’t remember how many times I had to roll my eyes because of the main character’s stupidity. Yes, I said it. Kate is probably the most unlikeable protagonist I’ve ever known. She tops Bella and Luce on my list and left a huge space in between. 

What I liked: WILL. This book earned another star from me because of this guy. He’s mistaken for a jerk who’d hooked up with half of the student body. In reality, he’s an amazing guy who helps her single mom to pay for the rent and puts up with the shallowness of the girl he likes. 

The banter. I liked the parts wherein Kate is bantering with Will and his older brother Todd. Those few exchanges were the only times I find Kate witty and bearable. 

The cover and sometimes her grandmother. I really think the cover’s cute and it’s one of the reasons why I picked it up in the first place. Her grandmother is annoying at times but her words were sometimes philosophical and right. True enough, her character makes sense to me. I know mother-in-laws in real life that’s so much like her.

There are a bunch of things I didn't like about this book. Kate is pretty much the main reason why. She’s book smart but dumb when it comes to interpersonal relationships, she thinks her life is doomed and constantly whines about how it couldn't get any worse, and is always rude to Will when they’re in school or not making out. There were several times that I wanted to shake and wake her up from thinking that Anna will be her best friend again. I kept hoping for her to start seeing Anna is not worth it and how much Will likes her. Speaking of Anna… I HATE HER. So much for a bad person who dumps her best friend because she finally lost weight and her social rank drastically went up. Seriously, who would choose Plastics over the person you practically grown up with?? Her dad on the other hand needs to grow up.

The last thing is the ending. My first thought was “What? That’s it? *SMH*”. I think it’s one of the most unsatisfactory ever. The story just wrapped up and sounded like the author is sick of it so might as well just end it and move on to another book with another main character who’s much likable than this one’s. 

So overall, this is not the book for me. 

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