Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Superlatives, book #2
published on January 13th 2015 by Simon Pulse
young adult | contemporary | romance
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Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can’t see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they’ve found themselves drawn together–first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
***Some spoilers for the sake of ranting.
From the moment I flipped open Perfect Couple, to the moment I closed the damned thing, I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. I had lots of problems with this one–some minor ones, and some that are pretty major…
WTF is up with the romance?
It pains me to say this, but it’s undeniable–the romance made my heart hurt. In a bad way. See, Harper (the heroine) got really, really obsessed with Brody when she found out they were voted “Perfect Couple that Never Was.” She started flirting with him (while she had a boyfriend), and eventually cheated on her boyfriend with him. Oh, and did I mention Brody had a sort-of girlfriend at the time?
The romance really came out of nowhere–sure, these two are flirty with each other a lot, but that’s naturally how teens of the opposite sex treat each other–suddenly, they’re kissing on the beach! Wowza.
What happened to the young adults?
Harper and Brody sounded (and acted) like children. I mentioned in my review of Biggest Flirts that I loved the authenticity of the main characters (and their few moments of maturity), but I didn’t feel any character development from the ones in this book at all. They were impulsive, bratty and inconsiderate from the beginning of the book to the end.
Most of the bothersome characters in this book are portrayed horribly. Take the ‘jock’ (Brody) for example–he’s a hot-and-cold douche who has his many adventures with various girls. Blegh. I don’t understand why so many people find that attractive, but I find this to be stereotypical and really annoying.
Originally, I gave this book two stars once I finished it, but the longer I got into this review, the more I realized how this wasn’t for me. I’ll still be anticipating the next book since it features my favorite characte from the sereis, but I’ll keep my expectations to a minimum.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.