Title: Present Perfect
Author: Alison G. Bailey
Series: Perfect #1
I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.
Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.
We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.
Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.
Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.
Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?
Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.
I heard a while back that this story was a really good one. I have been in a real book funk lately and decided to try this one. I will admit that a lot of the reason I never jumped onto reading this one is because the cover. I am not a fan of covers that have faces on them. It kind of ruins it for me. I think a cover with a girl with her head looking down so you can’t see her face but you see a gold feather necklace, I think if the cover were different it might get more attention. As much as I wish people didn’t “judge a book by it’s cover” truth is we all do, myself included. I wouldn’t have gotten to this one but then again I heard about it around a year ago and just got to it.
That being said I started and the beginning was a bit slow and didn’t grab me right away, but I know that we need to get back story first which was fine. It didn’t take long to get sucked in though. I started it in the afternoon and couldn’t put it down. I stayed up until 1:30 am reading. There is such a sweetness to Amanda and Noah. Something that I wish I had growing up, the type of friendship that sticks that way. That no matter what, you know you can always count on another human being to be there for you, to get you, to know everything about you.
NOW, I will say one thing. If you liked Thoughtless you will more than likely love this book; although there is no cheating in this one which is a plus. BUT I did find myself multiple times wanting to slap the crap out of Amanda. She drove me up the wall a bit with her wishy washy crap. The he’s mine, but were only friends, but no one can have him bullshit got old BUT I could understand how she felt the way she did. She didn’t want to ruin the friendship. I was so sucked into the story though, no matter how much she (Amanda) irritated me I needed to know how things worked out and know what happens. There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t expect at all. I will admit that it had me tear up a few times and got me.
One other thing that I LOVED about this book is I felt like I got a complete story. It was a nice long book and that was awesome. I have told my friends about this one because I know they will love it.
I hope more people will read this book because it a good one. It is full of angst which is something that I didn’t know I was missing.