by Harper Sloan
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’
And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I’m completely imperfect.
And … I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
Perfectly Imperfect is a new standalone novel by Harper Sloan, I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
This book is…. Not what I was expecting.
It starts strongly; Willow is incredibly vulnerable and crippled by the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her nightmare family and husband. I felt an overwhelming protective urge towards her character as she sat in that lawyer’s office and I cringed as one nightmare after another happened to make her literally want to melt into the floor.
Enter stage left, Kane her knight in shining armour whose presence was overtly sexy and intense.
Unfortunately for me those brief scenes were the highlight of this book.
From that point on I struggled to find common ground with either the characters or the story.
I understand that this story intended to highlight that you don’t have to be stick thin to be beautiful. I get that the author was trying to create a beautiful safe environment where this down-beaten women could find her strength, and through the love of a good man become ‘Impenetrable’
But for me this story just didn’t quite do it.
Willow has some very serious confidence and body issues; she even mentions she has body dysmophia. With the best will in the world those issues don’t just vanish overnight, no matter how hot the man is that’s pursuing you!
I hate that Willow feels the need to lose weight, I hate that this book never addresses the issues she has with food or the fact that she admits to starving herself.
And I need to say this in very loud, shouty capitals
SIZE 14 IS NOT PLUS SIZE, IT’S WOMAN SIZE!!!
Don’t get me wrong I did like Kane, and I liked that he addressed that the medias image of perfection was fake and not beautiful at all. But it just didn’t feel like enough.
This story tried too hard to be perfect, boy meets girl, tirelessly pursues girl which is all very sweet. But I got to the point where I was rolling my eyes at all the motivational soliloquies the characters kept spouting.
I also don’t understand what Mia’s roll was in this story. I’m not sure that her drama added anything to the story, apart from giving Kane an opportunity to announce his relationship with Willow to the public.
I’m sorry to say that this book was too smulchy and syrupy sweet and just not real enough. I wanted some more of the grit and emotional depth that I glimpsed in the first few chapters.
Perfectly Imperfect was just not my cup of tea and gets 3 stars from me.