Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
Perfect On Paper could have easily been called Perfect On Any Platform... I know it's not as polished sounding but it's 100% accurate. I listened to this one on Audible and when I say listened to that makes it seem like a tame, blase experience... too passive... I rabidly ingested, devoured, inhaled it... we are now one, this novel and I, forever and ever and I can't tell you how very happy that makes me. When I read the synopsis I just knew it, deep down where such feelings are harbored, that I'd love this book but the reality was just SO much more hard hitting, visceral. By the end I felt complete and seen and loved and how often can someone say that in this self centered, preoccupied, love starved world?
This book has all sorts of representation! I can not stress that enough. This book, at it's core, is a call to EVERYONE no matter what they identify as, a call telling EVERYONE that they are Perfect no matter what they feel to the contrary, no matter what they are told or who they love or what society has them feeling. This book is about acceptance and is not bloated or over stated. It does not beat you over the head, ad nauseum, with pithy, Hippy(esque) rhetoric. It is extremely cohesive and it made my day just knowing that it exists. The characters seemed EXTREMELY self aware and mature for their years. They did seem to have the perfect things to say at any given time which was a little off-putting/unrealistic but it was executed in a clever way so it did not detract from the story's brilliance. The dialogue was fresh, flowed smoothly and felt truly genuine. I love how it tackled some relevant, poignant, complicated scenarios of today. It saw them, named them, addressed them, dissected them and conquered them coherently... delivered to us in a perfectly wrapped up YA gift.
If you want to feel good then this is your book! If you have questions about who you are, what you feel and what sort of treatment you deserve then this is your book. If you have relationship woes of ANY nature (best friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, parent, sibling, drug abuse, infidelity, disrespectful partners etc...) this is your book to feel seen. If you want to see some very Aware teens that do happen to make mistakes too, this is your book.
Bottom line: this is your next book (or should be)!