REVIEW: Present Perfect [Perfect #1]

Reading Time: 3 minutes
Present Perfect Book Cover

I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.

Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?

Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.

Published: August 1, 2013

Series:  Perfect #1

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Young Adult

Source: Goodreads


I didn’t and still don’t understand the premise of this book. I think her rationalizations for not being with Noah were incredibly stupid and immature. I don’t understand the full extent of her lack of self-esteem.

So much happened here. I can’t say more for fear of spoiling something.

No matter my frustrations with Tweet at the beginning and to be honest, throughout most of the book, I couldn’t put it down if I wanted to. If I had known picking it up that it was going to be such an emotionally charged read I would have waited, instead I devoured it in hours, taking up valuable sleeping time (nothing new) and became so invested I couldn’t get down from my adrenaline high.

Well written and romantically, heartbreakingly, realistically put, it captured the essence of loving your best friend, wanting what’s best and feeling like you don’t measure up.

Last Line: He placed his hand on my shoulder in comfort and said, “Becca killed herself last night.”

“Fuck me.”

5+ Stars

Definite must read 

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