Book review | Perfect on Paper, Sophie Gonzales

Book description

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? 


Note : 4.5 sur 5.

Some infos

CWs & TWs

Mention of a divorce, parents’ fights, mention of cheating, internalized biphobia

Diversity radar

Bi MC, Asian-American SC, trans SC, POC and Queer cast of characters, Aroace reps

Thanks to Hachette Children’s Group and Netgalley for sending me a digital copy in exchange for an honest review


My review

After reading Only Mostly Devastated by the same author last year, let me tell you that my expectations were high on this one. And yet, here we are, a strong 4,5 stars rating and my heart full of love. I don’t know when exactly it happened, but Sophie Gonzales really became one of my new favourite contemporary writers. She has a way of creating such vivid and real characters to whom everyone can identify at some point. It is what happened with the cute and messy Darcy Phillips. This teenager with a passion for relationships counselling and advice. What was truly relatable with her wasn’t her passion itself, because it is definitely a niche not many people know about, but the fact she is part of some kind of online community of people talking about that. Just like us, with books and other passions, we can have.

Putting her characters in such a relatable world and settings makes the whole story real and tangible, and touching. I adored every single character from this story, but not at first. And that’s the magic, because this is how life works, right? You meet people that you might not like at first – because you don’t know them – and then you start hanging out and realizing those people are cool, that you have something in common. This is the feeling I got reading this book.

Can’t you just tell me it’s okay to go a little overboard if you’re in love?

I got scared for a moment when I thought the story was going a certain way that I wouldn’t like. So scared I stopped reading for a few days – oops. But the author didn’t take the path I was expecting AT ALL and I ended up absolutely loving the storyline, from A to Z. Because this book does imply a slow-burn-some-kind-of-enemies-to-lovers trope and it was everything. Because by taking her time developing those characters and the story, the author really is able to talk about bisexuality. And the fact a bisexual woman dating a guy will still be queer as fork because it does not change how you identify as a person. It deals with internalized biphobia as well-meaning the things we start to believe because of society, like not being bi by dating someone from another gender – and it was the first time I found this issue in a book. Such a great bi representation here.

We shared cracks in complementary places.

Also, this story is a great reminder that nothing is set into stones. Your feelings, your life, your sexuality, your gender, everything will be fluctuating in your life at some points, and it is okay. This is something incarnated by every single character: Darcy with her bisexuality questioning, Alexander with his mixed feelings towards his ex, Brooke and her rancour for people who hurt her. Nothing is meant to stay this way forever, and I think this novel delivers the message in the most perfect way.

I think you got it: I loved this book. I reached a point at which I will read anything Sophie Gonzales writes, because it is THIS good.

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That’s all for my review! Have you read this book? What did you think? As always, thank you for reading and supporting me, see you in another article very soon!

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