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Blurb (from Goodreads):
A contemporary YA novel about growing up and learning that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect.
AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check
Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.
Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who had sent nude pictures to an ex-boyfriend and had them published publicly.
Viviana was an okay character, and I could understand why she was so against having another relationship after her last one ended so badly, but the way she kept telling her best friend that it was alright to go after a boy who wasn’t interested in her (he was interested in Viviana), seemed like asking for trouble.
The storyline in this was about Viviana taking a summer job at the local pool with her best friend Sammie, and hanging out with Evan, the boy she had had her first kiss with when she was younger. We got a bit of a mystery over what was going on with Viviana’s father, and Viviana being quite anti-relationship after her ex-boyfriend posted naked pictures of her online. Because of this the romance side of the story was quite slow, and we even got a bit of a triangle when Viviana kept telling her best friend to go after Evan instead!
The ending to this was pretty good, although the truth about what Viviana’s father was up to was quite shocking.
7 out of 10