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Expected publication date: January 13th, 2015, Simon Pulse
My rating: 5 stars
"In this second book in The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Harper and Brody think they’re an unlikely match, but the senior class says they belong together.
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?"
It is no secret that I love Jennifer Echols. She is probably my favorite contemporary young adult author. Why? Because her novels are swoon worthy and sweet, but she also doesn't sugarcoat certain things or shies away from writing about sexuality. Second book in Superlatives trilogy was not exception. (You can read my review for Biggest Flirts here.)
Five reasons why Perfect Couple was super:
- Angst and drama. Sometimes these very things are the reason why I don't like a book, but Jennifer Echols is a queen of well written angst. You cannot breathe because of all tension and sparks flying all around, even if there is this tiny little detail that bothers you (no, I won't tell you - spoiler alert).
- Fun, but at the same time deals with some serious topics. Like, relationship with your parents and finding your own path. Being yourself. Finding self-respect and telling your douche-bag boyfriend that you can do so much better than him. Not being afraid to say what you think and going after what you want.
- Writing was flawless. As always when it comes to Jennifer Echols novels. Considering that they are more mature young adult, bordering with new adult, you will not find cliche descriptions, conversations or characters.
- Not feeling guilty... about your sexuality. This is the best message that all of her novels have.
- Smiling and swooning. Perfect Couple is definitely one of the feel-good novels, so if you need something to cheer you up, to make you feel giddy like your walking on the clouds, this is a prefect book for you.
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