Perfectly You by Robin Daniels
Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming.
Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction.
Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself…
Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about sex. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no sex, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
“What about tonight?” Andy suggested.
“I suppose I could get away for a minute. What did you have in mind?”
“I’m not ready for another argument today…so, do you like cheesecake?”
“Um, hello? I am a girl…” I responded playfully.
“Of course.” He laughed, smacking his forehead. “How could I forget?”
Young Adult is one of the genres I like reading but sometimes the school atmosphere gets to me with its high drama. This book has a bit of drama to it but then whose high school experiences has been calm and quiet? But it works within the plot and isn't overdramatised. I have not read the author's previous work. So I was pleasantly surprised that she has handled it with the right amount of fun and seriousness. I am glad I had a chance to read her work. Now I am thinking of reading her other book too.
When I first read the blurb, the idea which caught my eye was the makeover of Andy for the date auction. My thoughts were along the lines of enjoying the way a nerd is transformed into a hot guy. But as I read the book, I realised that it was a bit misleading. Andy was cool from the beginning and though he hid his personality from others, he had a definite way of looking at things and was more mature in his thoughts and actions. Ivy was through and through a teenager. She was more interested in not getting humiliated and was under pressure not to disappoint.
Though I liked them both, Andy was my favoured one. Ivy fell a bit short from my expectations. But she made it up in the end. The only thing I didn't like was the way she kept comparing Andy with Rob. If you ask me, there was no comparison at all! One thing I have to highlight was the shenanigans of their friends, Jake and Lilly . They had me constantly giggling with their antics. I loved them!!
The premise of the book is interesting and the story's plot and pace are in sync with each. I spent a good couple of hours enjoying Andy and Ivy's story! I hope I will enjoy her other books in the future as much as I did this one.
I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't influence my review in any way. All these are my own thoughts on the book.
My one line review : A pretty fun teen love story
My rating : 4.5/5
My reread factor : 4/5
Author Robin Daniels
Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid.
Robin is a sucker for home design shows and magazines, watches way too much Netflix and has a very codependent relationship with with a certain diet soda who’s brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)
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