Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Better Than Perfect
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Better Than Perfect(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Juliet has the perfect boyfriend and a perfect life planned with him, until her mother tries to commit suicide, and she ends up in the arms of Declan, a boy with a guitar and a band.
Can a perfect SAT score lead to a perfect life? And is a perfect life really what Juliet wants?

This was a good contemporary story, about one girls struggle to find what she really wanted from life, but it wasn’t better than perfect.

Juliet was someone that I could really relate to. I felt sorry for her and the position her mother put her in, and I also felt her confusion and pain over whether her life was really heading in the direction she wanted it to. I personally felt under a lot of pressure to go to university as well so I really sympathised with her.

The storyline in this was pretty good. There were so many things going on in Juliet’s life for her to try and cope with, and I liked how the whole book didn’t revolve around the romance, although I have to say that Declan was so sexy! How this girl was supposed to choose between her boyfriend of 4 years and Declan was quite beyond me!

On the minus side, it was wrong of her to cheat the way she did, and to not really get caught doing it didn’t seem very realistic. I totally expected her to get caught in the act! I also wasn’t a fan of the whole ‘J Power’ thing which Juliet and Jason seemed to say to each other far too frequently, which coupled with the ‘pinky-linking’ became a little sickening.

The ending was okay, but I didn’t feel like things were really resolved completely. Juliet did make a decision about college, but that was all. I didn’t feel like she made a decision about Declan, I didn’t feel like she really knew where she wanted her life to go, I just felt like she was delaying things. That may be a realistic ending, I know plenty of people who still don’t know where they fit in who are much older than 17, but it just didn’t feel like the best ending for the book. If anything Juliet was more confused and lacking direction than she was at the beginning of the book!
I did enjoy this book overall, but it wasn’t perfect unfortunately.
7 out of 10.


  1. I struggle with stories with cheating, mostly because it seems like it's just put in there for unnecessary drama. I would like to try another book by this author, though!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. I'll pass on this one. Maybe the next will be better :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette