Title: Finding Perfect
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Published by: Entangled Teen: Crush ~ September 14, 2015
Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
How far will you go for perfection?
For “Perfect Paige” Westfield, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.
Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige—if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.
It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient—and utterly imperfect—attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…
Paige Westfield is perfect. She’s the perfect daughter and perfect student. She’s 4th in her class and has her sights set on Stanford. Then she gets a D on her calculus test after getting C’s on previous tests and papers. Her perfect life alowly starts to unravel and the stress of being “Perfect Paige” starts to weigh very heavily on her.
She practically runs out of the classroom so her fellow students won’t notice her meltdown. Enter Ben Franklin. Yes that’s his name and it cracked me up on many occasions while reading this book. Paige doesn’t really know anything about Ben, because he’s from the other side of town, the poor side, and he’s not one of the popular kids, like Paige and her friends. What she does know is that Ben is 3rd in their class and a math genius. Ben offers to tutor Paige in exchange for helping him land a date with Zoey. the most popular girl in school, and Paige’s best friend. Paige knows that task will be nearly impossible, but she’s desperate to improve her calculus grade, so she agrees to Ben’s proposition. What could possibly go wrong?
Well. the biggest problem with this situation is Paige and Ben. The more time they spend together, the more they realize that they are developing feelings for each other. Ben starts to realize that Paige is not who he expected her to be and even though he does actually like Zoey, he has actual feelings for Paige. Paige is trying to be honorable and hold up her end of the bargain and trying to make Ben more like the kind of guy Zoe would go for, even when she starts to realize that she really likes Ben.
I really felt for Paige in this story. She was under so much pressure to be the perfect student and daughter. Her parents and their very high expectations were the source of so much of her stress. I really connected with Paige because I remember when I was a senior and I remember getting so stressed out and worrying about how my parents were going to react. Paige is that kind of person who wants to please everybody and it eventually gets to her. I love how as the story went along she slowly started to stand up for herself and I loved how she eventually got to a place where she wasn’t afraid to make her own decisions about her life. It’s not always easy to deal with parents who have high expectations.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Ben, but I ended up really loving him. He was raised by his mother and they didn’t have a lot, but they made up for it with love. Ben already has his future planned out. He’s 3rd in their class, he already knows where he’s going to college and now he wants only one more thing out of high school, to land a date with the most popular girl in school. He convinces Paige to give him a makeover to look more like Zoey’s kind of guy, but the more time he spends with Paige, the more he realizes how well they work together. He is obviously torn. He likes Zoey, but then he starts to realize that his feeling for Paige are the real deal.
Zoey was definitely not what I expected. She is very perceptive and she was interesting. I loved her relationship with Paige. I absolutely loved their friendship. I love how supportive they were of each other. Based on the last chapter, it looks like this book will get a sequel featuring Zoey. If/when that happens, I am very much looking forward to it.
One of the big themes of this book was family. You get to see the big difference between Paige’s family and Ben and his mom. I absolutely loved Ben’s relationship with his mother. They are really close and they can talk about anything and she was such a voice of reason in this story. On the other side, Paige’s relationship with her parents are a little strained. Her parents have such high expectations for Paige and it creates conflict, but in the end they are still family and they love each other.
I loved the writing and the story. The romance was incredibly cute and sweet and the characters were really genuine. I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it.