Finding Perfect by Kendra C. HighleyFinding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley
Published September 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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How far will you go for perfection?

For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.

Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.

It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…

What I loved about this book:

  • Nice, quick read, although not outstanding
  • Two really nice and unexpected side-characters

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Couldn’t connect to the main characters at all
  • The storyline was too cliché and predictable

There’s not much I can say about Finding Perfect. It was really one of those quick reads. Finding Perfect is part of the Entangled Teen Crush series, and that describes the book perfectly. It is rather tame, predictable, and just too easy. Tame because as you can imagine, there is hardly anything more than kissing happening. Although I don’t necessary mind (I’m not that Randy, mind you!). As for the “easy” part, well let me tell you – it just wasn’t complex enough to my liking.

All in all, there are just a handful of characters in that book. And they are way too cliché. Also, the storyline becomes clear (and clearly predictable) from the first chapters on. Actually, even the book summary gives it all away: outcast geek lusts over popular girl and asks her goody-two-shoes BFF for advice in exchange for calc tutoring, and finally notices he’s more attracted to her than to his initial target.  There is not much more happening than that, unfortunately.

“Paige had always been content with that. She was the cute, reliable, smart one, while Zoe was the gorgeous, daring, fun one.”

The only thing that adds to the plot is the fact that once the attraction become more and more obvious, it becomes clear that Paige is under a lot of pressure from her controlling parents regarding her grades, chosen college education and future career path. Of course, there is no place for a boyfriend in this big plan her parents set out for her. Then, there is also the fact that Ben comes “from a different part of town”, when Paige grew up in a wealthy and sheltered neighborhood. Yet, all the issues I just mention are being dealt with in an extremely quick manner, like they are no big deal. Also, the timing and pace was pretty much off in this book: the whole story unfolds over 3 or 4 weeks or so.

I really couldn’t connect too any of the main characters. Honestly, the only characters I really liked in this book were Zoey (Paige’s BFF) and Ben’s mother because they came across as unexpectedly nice and genuine. I couldn’t connect with Paige since she was a cowardish doormat with huge self-esteem issues.

“Promise you’ll start paying attention to how amazing you are.”

And I felt like Ben was a hyprocrite because let’s face it: he was more attracted to looks then he was to character in the beginning of the book since his first target was Zoey, and only ever fell for Paige after he spent more time with her, and all of a sudden notices what she is like as a person.

Toward the end of the book, there was just a tad too much drama in my opinion. Like Paige being so focused on playing the piano during a rehearsal, that her fingers start to bleed. Really? And yeah, I would have loved an epilogue.

But anyway, Finding Perfect was an OK read, but frankly not up my alley. I like my reads more realistic, with more genuine feelings, and I don’t mind the occasional drama, but it needs to take more than a couple of pages to solve it…

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Overall: two-stars