Contemporary (Teen), Romance (Teen)

Review: Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

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This book could not have come at a more perfect time for me! Lately, I’ve been feeling really down, and I’ve just wanted to read something that would make me happy.

This book ended up doing so much more than that for me, and I really enjoyed it!

Perfect on Paper book cover

Perfect on Paper

by Sophie Gonzales

Published February 9, 2021 by Wednesday Books
ISBN: 1250769787

Data from Goodreads

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

My Review: Lots and Lots of Really Good Themes

Rep: LGBTQIA+

TW: biphobia, toxic parents, drugs, alcohol

The Pros: What Worked For Me

  • Confession time: yours truly used to be Top Advisor on Yahoo Dating for my relationship advice back in the day … which was when I was 12 years old. Even though I had no real experience with relationships, I loved being able to help people and give them advice on their love life. Reading about Darcy writing letters was just so nostalgic for me!
  • Although this book gives similar vibes to Simon vs the Homo Sapiens, I liked Darcy A LOT MORE than Simon!
  • One of the key things that made me love this novel was the way in which the author presents the idea of biphobia. I’ll be honest right now: I have struggled constantly with biphobia without even knowing that it was a thing. For years, I just thought there was something wrong with me and felt horrible about myself. It took this novel for me to realize that my fears, concerns, and struggles are valid and felt by others in the LGBTQIA+ community. I’m still coming to terms with it all, but I actually have to thank the author for finally giving the accurate representation I needed.
  • There is really good LGBTQIA+ representation and presentation of issues throughout the book!

The Cons: What I Didn’t Like

  • As someone who has studied psychology, I found the theories being quoted to be a bit of a stretch.
  • The novel was a bit too long and some of it could have been cut out to make the flow better – but this is me nitpicking

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is important for what it does in terms of bisexual representation and the positive relationship advice that it promotes. If you’re looking for a sweet story with a really goof message, check this one out for sure!

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