Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor


Title: Better Than Perfect
Author: Melissa Kantor
Publication Date:  February 17th 2015 by HarperTeen
Rating: ★★


Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.

I hated a number of things I don’t even know where to start.

Okay, I should probably start by saying the book isn’t for me. This was the first book I read from Melissa Kantor and honestly, I don’t know if I’m going to pick up her other books. Okay, maybe that other one, Maybe One Day…

So the main character, Juliet, had it all. She’s a straight A student, got accepted into Harvard. She’s got a cool boyfriend, Jason, but not a perfect family I guess. Her mother got OD’d and well, her father wasn’t exactly on the best terms with her and her mother.

“I couldn’t help wondering if maybe some things, once they’re broken, can never be made whole again.”

Everything was fine for me. I felt actually supportive of Juliet, even when Declan came along.They made out, yeah. I wasn’t actually surprised. I knew that was coming. I also knew that the time when Juliet tells Jason about her making out with Declan twice, was going to come. BUT IT DIDN’T AND IT FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH!!!! When I got to the scene where Juliet and Jason were calling it quits, I was waiting for her to tell him but NO SHE DID NOT. WHAT A COWARD! LIKE GIRL, IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO START LIVING YOUR LIFE HAPPY, YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR MISTAKES AND NOT RUN AWAY FROM IT!

I understand being a teenager is hard. Deciding things for yourself, questioning yourself and choosing what you really want is hard. And it’s okay to make mistakes, just learn from it. I kind of actually supported Juliet making those crazy decisions because that’s what she wants.

Another thing I didn’t like was the character development, or lack thereof. I felt like every character was bland. I can’t connect to everyone and I felt like I need more. It was just… meh. Jason became so annoying though, it got on my nerves and I guess I became cranky.

Overall, I’d say this was a good coming of age story, but I guess it could’ve been more.

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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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