Review: Perfect On Paper

About the Book:

In Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back

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?

Review:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Perfect on Paper was one of my most anticipated read of the year, and it absolutely did not disappoint! I can’t express how awesome it felt to read a book following a bisexual teen girl for the first time. I know they’re aren’t that many of them, but this one was just so relatable for me as a bi teen girl myself. 

Perfect on Paper follows our main character, Darcy Phillips, who secretly runs a dating advice business at her school. However, when Brougham (mr.popular) 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―she’s blackmailed into helping him win back his ex-girlfriend. 

The best part of the book was the amount of representation, not just for the main character. Darcy is part of the Queer and Questioning club at school, so almost all of the side characters are apart of the queer community. I love that it didn’t feel forced at all, in fact it felt like my high-school experience where many students were out and proud! This book had a lot of discussions about bi erasure and bi phobia— both handled really well. I actually teared up towards the end when Darcy is explaining how sometimes she doesn’t feel queer enough because of her current crush on a straight guy or just liking guys in general. 

I will say there is still some miscommunication that drives the plot of the romance, and Darcy makes quite a few *very* questionable decisions regarding her anonymous advice column, but it’s apart of her character growth. She is far from perfect (haha, get it? the title?), but most high-schoolers are so it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this much. 

I also really loved the bit of relationship psychology included in this book. Darcy talks a lot about attachment styles, and as someone who recently learned these things in my psych class this year, I though that was a fun inclusion. 

Overall, Perfect on Paper is such an lovable and charming book! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a cute and quick read!

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