Series: Superlatives #2
Publisher: Simon Pulse on January 13, 2015
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Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
I had been eyeing this series for a while now, with Biggest Flirts having caught my attention when it came out, so I jumped on the opportunity to read this companion novel.
Perfect Couple was a pretty cute and fluffy contemporary young adult novel. It followed main charter Harper, the weird photographer for her school yearbook, who was paired with football star Brody in the Perfect Couple That Never Was superlative. The awarding of that title pretty much spurred on the feelings that the two had been harboring for each other, and they decide that if the school thought they should be together, that they would give it a try. Perfect Couple wasn’t dry or anything. It was pretty entertaining. However, it wasn’t anything special in terms of plot or characters. It wasn’t boring, by any means, but it wasn’t necessarily a completely captivating read.
Harper was actually not my favorite character to read. I was constantly rolling my eyes at both her narration and her actions–she came off as quite childish for a majority of the novel, with it getting to almost unbearable near the climax of the story. She was a pushover but at the same time, she was almost paranoid of what other people thought of her. She let other people’s opinions change who she was, and that was a trait that I did not like about her. She was just a very flat character, reminding me somewhat of a impersonal robot.
Brody was the main male character. He was the football star who was going through some tough things–and I don’t mean the emotional or extremely serious things that some young adult or new adult male characters go through nowadays. It was more superficial feeling to me, but it was an interesting spin to attempt at depth in his character. It worked only a little bit, but I still enjoyed Brody’s character. He was carefree, playful, and sarcastic, and I felt like his personality helped dull my feelings toward Harper.
The romance in this novel had me feeling all types of ways–at times I loved it, at others I hated it. There are two relationships in this novel: Brody and Harper, and Kennedy and Harper, with Kennedy being Harper’s boyfriend at the beginning of the novel. Because of this somewhat attempted love triangle, I felt like I didn’t enjoy the romance as much as I had the potential to. Harper allowed Kennedy to walk all over her. At the same time, she was fawning over Brody while insisting that Kennedy was her “perfect match”. It actually got creepy at some points, Harper’s yearning for Brody. View Spoiler » And there was cheating. That’s something that I extraordinarily dislike in novels, with very few exceptions. « Hide Spoiler And there was some drama, of course (because what is a contemporary romance without drama?) but the sequence of events, to me, was a bit on the unrealistic side. But on the other hand, there were moments between Brody and Harper that I loved. It was a curios balance.
One thing that I absolutely adored about this novel was the diversity in the characters: there were all types of ethnicities and sexualities. It was really nice to see it portrayed in such an obvious manner, especially because I felt like it made the secondary characters that much more real: they all had their separate stories and personalities, and it made me want to read the other companion novels to find out more about them. In some ways, I liked the secondary characters more than the primary ones.
Perfect Couple wasn’t the strongest Jennifer Echols novel that I’ve read–to me, the slightly annoying main character and the romance just isn’t quite do it for me; however, at the same time, it was a story that was able to keep my attention, while also displaying fantastically well-written secondary characters that I can’t wait to read more about.
Other Books in the Series:
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