Author: Kendra C. Highley
Expected publication: September 14, 2015
Published by: Entangled: Crush
Format: 199 pages, Kindle eBook
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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**I received an eBook copy of Finding Perfect through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.**
Paige Westfield was known as “Perfect Paige” at home and in school; Perfect reputation, perfect grades, perfect life, and a perfect plan to get into medical school to become a neurologist — that is, until she gets a failing grade in calculus. Not wanting to ruin her perfect image and disappoint her parents, she enlists the aid of math genius and engineer-to-be Ben Franklin. He doesn’t come for free though. He offers to tutor Paige if she gets him a date with her best friend and hottest girl in school. She begrudgingly gives in to his request and soon starts regretting it when she in turn starts falling for him.
Plot/Concept: This storyline was just so cute! The romance was perfect and fun. It wasn’t instant love (thank you Kendra!), it was the unexpected slow burn. I love how it all came together even if it was a little predictable. I really liked that it wasn’t just romance. It also centered around the relationship with her parents, especially her very overbearing, health-obsessed mother. The second half of the book is where it starts to spotlight her relationship with her best friend, Zoey. Paige always took the back seat where Zoey is involved and it was great to see Paige develop through the book and become this very confident person!
Writing: I am always a big fan of dual points of view but some authors have trouble differentiating the voices. Kendra, however, did it flawlessly. I absolutely enjoyed seeing both Paige’s and Ben’s point of view. It adds to their characterization and it helps us relate to both of the characters. I think it also adds to the anticipation of their romance. I can’t tell you how many times I [internally] yelled at them for all the miscommunication! At the same time, the way that they saw each other was so touching and beautiful, ugh, it pulled on my heartstrings. I absolutely enjoyed the writing. It was easy to get into and some scenes were written so effectively and wonderfully that they brought me to tears haha.
Characters: The characters … I love them so much! I could absolutely relate to Paige, having all the stress of not wanting to disappoint your parents and all. Paige is smart, loyal, funny, musically talented, and friendly. She wasn’t that snooty rich person that you’d expect. She never treated Ben any different even though he lived on the poor side and she was beyond rich. When she said that she loved playing piano renditions of Imagine Dragons but also loved classical music, I knew I loved her character! I really loved her growth and how she stands up for herself in the end.
Ben, oh Ben. I love you. Why aren’t you real?! He’s not your typical bad boy/dark-side-turned-good love interest. No. He’s the unnoticed nerd who works two jobs to help mom pay bills and save money for college. He rides his bike because he doesn’t have a car and his worn out clothes are from Wal-Mart. My heart seriously broke for him. His living situation was terrible but he carries himself so well, works for his future and wants to take care of his mom. He’s a genius (with a nice bod, too), he’s funny, and he’s sweet. He’s perfect! The relationship he forms with Paige was just wonderful!
I wish we got to see more of Zoey because she was such a wonderful person. With how the book ended, I’m hoping that there’s a book just for her! She’s such an amazing best friend to Paige and there was a certain scene with Paige where I cried because of their friendship. You can tell how much Zoey cares for Paige. I also really liked Paige’s dad. He was a little questionable at first but once he got more page time, you see what a great dad he is. As for Paige’s mom … woah. She’s so mean haha. She meant well, I get that, but come on, live a little.
Memorable Moments: Can an entire book me the most memorable moment? Cause I feel that way. I am in love with this book! I want a physical copy. Ben’s point of view was also a favorite of mine. Seriously, he’s that adorable! I love how unsure he is with girls and how he feels like he’s doing something wrong *cries*. I love all the cute little things and notes that he gave Paige ❤ ❤ ❤. Totally swoon worthy! I also LOVE the scene with Paige’s piano recital. That was amazing! I was really sad when the book ended. I wanted more cute fluffy stuff! Bravo Kendra!