Review – Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Posted October 19, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Perfect on Paper by Sophie GonzalesPerfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Published by St. Martin's Publishing Group, Wednesday Books on March 9, 2021
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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four-stars

“Perfectly wonderful.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times–bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“An electrifying love story.” —Booklist

In Sophie Gonzales' 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?

This was fun! I downloaded this book a few months ago but didn’t pick it up right away for some reason. I decided to take a closer look at it and before I knew it I had a smile on my face and knew that I would have to keep reading. I loved the premise of this story and the characters were really very likable. I am glad that I finally got around to reading this entertaining story.

Darcy is great with relationship advice, at least when it is someone else’s relationship. When someone needs advice they put a note in locker 89 and Darcy sends them an email with ideas on how to proceed. She has been doing this anonymously for years until a boy named Brougham learns her secret. Brougham hopes to get his girlfriend back and needs Darcy’s help to do it.

The characters in this book were great. I loved the array of LGBTQ representation in this book and I thought that the way that biphobia was addressed had a big impact on the readers. Darcy is a bisexual girl who has been crushing on her best friend for a very long time but then she starts spending more time with Brougham. She had the support of her amazing sister who was one of my favorite characters in the book. All of the characters in the book were easy to like and they all showed a lot of growth over the course of the story.

I would recommend this book to others. I found this to be a very entertaining story with characters you can’t help but fall for. I definitely plan to read more of this author’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Wednesday Books via NetGalley.

About Sophie Gonzales

SOPHIE GONZALES is a YA contemporary author. She graduated from the University of Adelaide and lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she currently works as a psychologist. When she isn’t writing, she can be found ice skating, performing in musical theater, and practicing the piano. She is also the author of Only Mostly Devastated and The Law of Inertia.

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7 responses to “Review – Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

  1. This does sound like a really cute read. I’m especially intrigued by the bisexual aspect. It just makes me so happy to see all of this representation in books!