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28 April 2021

Book Review: Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales *AD gifted

Hachette sent me a free electronic review copy of Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales via NetGalley.

I had heard a lot of buzz about Perfect on Paper, but when Martha at Read By A Redhead shared their spoiler free look review I was sold.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales book cover

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes - for a fee.
Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
Really cannot stand the new Australian jock at school, Alexander Brougham.
Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke...who is in love with someone else.
Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

But when Brougham catches Darcy in the act of collecting letters from locker 89 - out of which she's been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service - that's exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she's behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there's a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who's already fallen for him once? What could possibly go wrong?

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Source: NetGalley, Review Copy

5 Word Review: Romance, friendship, relationships, family, love.

I utterly adored the rep in this book - it was done excellently and it wasn't afraid to confront problematic behaviour. It's such a fun read as well, it could have been really heavy with all that it was dealing with but it kept it light with some funny scenes and some great family interactions with Darcy and her sister.

I loved the exploration of love as a concept, and how messy relationships can be at any level, especially when attraction is added in to the mix. Darcy's secret keeping skills are something else, I don't think I could do it, and it does get her into some pretty messy situations. I loved seeing her trying to figure out what to do as an agony-aunt and what to do as a friend, as those writing assume they're anonymous. And I loved it when Darcy got it wrong.

Darcy and Brougham have a bit of a miscommunication-trope moment, and it kickstarts everything. I love this trope, and although it can be frustrating at times the miscommunication did not last long - Darcy is pretty good at saying what needs to be said some of the time.

I am here for this mess. I love it.

I liked that Darcy wasn't always right and that she sometimes acted emotionally. She had some pretty bad ideas and made some massive mistakes, but that's life and it's realistic. She can give excellent advice, but can struggle with it herself. I loved her stance on boundaries and consent and how this made her own actions a little problematic at times.

There were small moments where class discrepancies were explored and I really appreciated that. It was a whole deeper layer to the story and it hit me right in the feels.

This was excellent. It was beautiful. I want to read it again.


  1. Ah, this sounds like such a lovely, heart warming read. Perfect for summer days on a sun lounger (even if only in the garden). Love a good romance story, thank you, Cora! x

  2. I love that you've discussed the main characters flaws- and I really like reads about realistic people! Thank you for sharing this recommendation x

  3. This sounds like a great read! I had it already on my reading list and loved reading this review before picking it up! Darcy sounds like a great character and so relatable!x

  4. This sounds like a great YA read and one that I should be picking up this summer! Thank you for sharing Cora!

  5. This sounds like the perfect summer read - Darcy sounds like a character I would really like. Thanks for sharing x

  6. Great review. The book sounds amazing and I cannot wait to read it.

  7. This is a book I've reserved from the library and I cannot wait to read it. Great review!

    Lois |


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