Author: Harper Sloan
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’
And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I’m completely imperfect.
And … I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
There are so many good things to say about this book.
Many women (and maybe even some men) will be able to identify with Willow. Her lack of self-confidence and body issues are very true to what life is like in a society that places so much emphasis on looks and weight. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to look “perfect” based on society’s expectations. I applaud the author for approaching this subject head on.
Now that I’ve said that, I’m going to complain a little about it. Willow had all these negative thoughts about eating and denied herself a lot. She did it in an unhealthy way. I kept waiting for the author to deal with that, but the issues seemed to just disappear when Willow started dating Kane. I felt her problems with food and thoughts about it were never truly resolved. I know Kane gave her an added confidence, so maybe her problems did go away. It just wasn’t stated in the book. I would have liked it to have been dealt with in some sort of way, like therapy or something.
Many people also deal with the feelings of not being “good enough” based on the way they’ve been raised. Their parents or siblings berate them psychologically and it affects their entire lives. Willow went through this and I loved the way she ended up standing up for herself and made her thoughts heard.
Kane’s point of view was also pretty awesome. Who doesn’t want to read about a movie star falling for an average person? His attraction to Willow, no matter what weight she was, was refreshing. I loved the way he supported her decisions and wanted her to be the strongest person she could. He was just an all around good guy.
Perfectly Imperfect is a book readers will easily relate to and enjoy.