by Jennifer Echols
Series: The Superlatives
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (January 13, 2015)
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As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
I am quite conflicted on how I view this book. If I am looking at it from a critical standpoint I'd give this book a one star rating. From an enjoyability standpoint I'd give this book a three star rating. The compromise is two stars then!
The premise of this book screams fluffy contemporary, just what I like. I was looking for characters that I could easily relate to, a cute and well-developed romance, and to just feel happy and content with this book. I hardly got any of those things.
I felt the characters were really unrealistic and childish at times. I couldn't really connect to any of them, and they kept making bad decision after bad decision. The characterization was fair for the main character and her love interest but besides Harper and Brody I felt like I hardly knew the other characters. It was a lot of tell not show. Echols, through Harper, would tell us the traits of the other characters, we wouldn't see these traits exhibited at all.
The romance was cute, I loved the couple together. I thought the romance development went from nonexistent to in-your-face. I didn't really see it develop at all. There were some cute moments though, and after the romance started I found myself enjoying it. I love Harper and Brody's banter and their chemistry.
The writing was simple and fair. I felt the dialogue was a bit awkward and strange though. Some of the things said were so outlandish, they were things no one would say. There were a few twists and turns in the book coupled with some dramatic scenes.
Overall I thought this was a fair fluffy romance that Echols's fans will enjoy.