by Harper Sloan
When I received this book in my March Bookworm Box, I was beyond excited. While I’d never read anything by Harper Sloan, I know readers love her and, in particular, her Perfectly Imperfect is one of her most well-loved. So, yeah, it’s a little hard for me to say I was disappointed.
There’s a lot going on in Perfectly Imperfect. Of course, there’s Willow Tate’s body image issues that drive the entire story. The emotional and verbal abuse she suffers at the hands of her stepfather and half-sister are painful to read. Then there’s the fairytale romance with the devastatingly handsome Kane Masters. Finally, there’s Kane’s big secret which fills the final part of the book with drama that takes a surprising and unlikable turn.
Don’t get me wrong, Sloan courageously takes on Willow’s story-a very personal one for her. She realistically brings to life Willow’s depression and self-hatred that is deeply rooted in her weight issues. Her story is powerful and her journey believable until her romance with Kane begins. Then her path takes a turn that I found disappointing; and, to a certain degree, irresponsible for people who are in Willow’s situation.
I did find Perfectly Imperfect a quick read, even at 100K plus words. The characters were likable. Willow, when not beaten down, is funny and sassy, especially when she’s with her best friends, Eddie and Kirby. Their “girls’ nights” were some of my favorite scenes. Kane is sexy and romantic, endearingly protective of Willow and one of the most emotionally vulnerable heroes I’ve read in a while.
Bottom line: good book with fun characters which falls short with its message. 3 stars. Heat Level: 4
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Perfectly Imperfect was published by the author in November 2015.
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About the author:
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.