Perfect on Paper
Author: Sophie Gonzales
Publisher: Wednesday Books (March 9, 2021)
Hardcover, 304 pages
Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.
• 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 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.
However, when Brougham catches her 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―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.
Darcy has a 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 go wrong?
I love how many more Sapphic romances I’m seeing come out lately – it makes me really hopeful. The Queer and Questioning Club at Darcy’s school was one of my favorite aspects of this book. There’s one really insightful scene that really made this book for me, where Darcy talks about being afraid to be a bisexual woman dating a cishet man – she worries it will make her somehow “not queer enough” in some people’s eyes to belong to the LGBTQ culture, and there’s some real discourse on biphobia and internalized biphobia. I feel like it’s something I don’t see addressed much in lit/romance, and it was done in a refreshing way. It would have been great to see it as a conversation between Darcy and her partner as well, too.
This got off to a bit of a slow start for me, but I really loved the ending. OH DARCY. She makes some pretty big mistakes, and I’m glad her “shameful secret” comes out by chapter four and isn’t something the author left hanging over the reader’s head through the entire book. I wish we’d gotten more of a focus on the actual romantic relationship development tension and build-up between Darcy and her main love interest, but what WAS there was delicious. 🙂
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.