Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

btpTitle: Better Than Perfect

Author: Melissa Kantor
Publisher:  HarperTeen

Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 17, 2015 

Overall: 3 out of 5

Source: Edelweiss

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.


This was a pretty typical coming of age story. We meet Juliet, who’s parents are in the middle of a divorce, and her mom decides to lose it. She also meets Declan, who is a boy that is pretty into her. The synopsis makes it sound like there is more romance to this story than there really is. There is a little bit I guess, but it’s more about Juliet figuring out what she wants from life and taking control instead of doing what makes other people happy.
It was a cute read, but it felt just like all of the other Teen books out there. That’s not a bad thing, just not terribly exciting. It was well-written, and Juliet was a pretty sympathetic character. I did like the fact that Juliet decided to follow her own heart, that’s always the best message to send to young readers who may feel caged in by adults/parents expectations. Juliet was also pretty respectful about it, her parents really weren’t involved with her but there wasn’t any yelling at her parents. I guess she was a bit disrespectful when she kept avoiding her dad’s calls, but he let her do it. He wasn’t really interested in talking to her, so I guess I can’t see it being that disrespectful because he didn’t care.
The characters were well thought out, and were portrayed well enough. There was just something missing for me here, and I liked this book. I just didn’t LOVE it. It was just pretty good, and that’s okay because there are teens out there who need this message drummed into them. I’d give 3 out of 5 stars, and definitely recommend anyone 15 and up.


3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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