ARC Review: Perfect on Paper // A perfect book for bi/pan readers

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title: Perfect on Paper
Author: Sophie Gonzales
Genre/s and tags: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Contemporary, Romance, Romcom
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication date: March 9, 2021
Content warnings: Internalized biphobia, confidential information accidentally getting leaked, some violence, a bit of alcoholism, toxic relationships (among parents)
Goodreads synopsis: 

In Sophie Gonzales’ Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back.

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

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A big thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC of Perfect on Paper!
(This, of course, did not affect my overall opinion of the book.)

Hello book nerds! It’s my review for my first ever read for 2021! And let me tell you now, this was a great book to start the year.

Perfect on Paper is definitely one my most anticipated releases this 2021. I loved Only Mostly Devastated so I was looking forward to more of Sophie’s books. Imagine my delight when Wednesday Books reached out said they wanted to send me an ARC. I was so excited! And now, I’m here, ready to ramble on about this book.

With a tender and honest approach on biphobia, Perfect On Paper is truly the perfect book for bi/pan readers.

My thoughts on Perfect on Paper

The author mentioned that this was a book written because of biphobia, that this was written especially for bi/pan readers. I couldn’t agree more.

This book was so, so wonderful, I feel like crying.

I feel like crying because it was validating and real and honest and perfect. The way this book tackled biphobia and bisexuality, as well as what it means to be queer/questioning, was so so good and so heartfelt. In a way, it felt like an eye-opener. In a way, it also felt like a friend guiding you on, a friend who has your back.

Now, the beginning felt a little slow for me. I think it took a while to take off. But once I’ve gotten a good grasp of Darcy’s character and the plot started to thicken up, I was immersed.

The writing style was nice; light and humorous but packs quite a punch, especially when it comes to the serious scenes. Throughout the book, there were also paper and email conversations between those seeking advice from Locker 89, and Darcy writing back to their emails, giving relationship advice. These parts for me were so interesting. They were methodical yet supportive, and somehow I felt like I was getting relationship advice from Locker 89, too!

I loved Darcy as the main character. Yes, she had her faults. But I loved how self-aware she was and how she grew throughout the story. Hell, she was analyzing herself too, pointing out her flaws in relationships and as a person. I loved that. As for Brougham, oh, he was definitely an unexpected character. but I loved the chemistry he had with Darcy! I almost wish there were more scenes with them, to flesh out their relationship more.

The plot, though it seemed fairly simple, still brought a lot of drama and I loved that!

Back to the queer rep in this book. I’ve mentioned above that the bisexual rep and the discussions about biphobia in this book were amazing! But apart from that, there were also discussions about asexuality, there were trans characters, lesbian and gay characters, pan characters and more. The Queer and Questioning Club in the book were also wonderful, and it makes me wish so much we had that on our own school, that we had such a welcoming environment. Ultimately, I think this was such a hopeful sight for queer teens everywhere, and I hope people draw inspiration from it.

Also, I have to mention, I had a smile on my face after reading the last page, because it was just so heartwarming and satisfying. That’s how much I adored this book.

Overall, Perfect on Paper is definitely a book you should go to if you’re looking for wholesome bisexual rep.


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Read my interview with Sophie Gonzales

Author Interview with Sophie Gonzales

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