Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ARC Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Series: Superlatives #2
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Edelweiss
Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

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? 


**Contains spoilers**

When I first picked up this book, I was expecting a fun, cute read, but what I actually got was far from that. Books like this is one of the precise reasons that I normally don't read contemporary.

So basically this book is about Harper, the main character and how her class elected her and Brody, the star quarterback, as "The Perfect Couple That Never Was." And so it commences with them becoming attracted to each other. Of course.

The characters annoyed me. A lot. One of the most important things about a book for me would probably be the characters. If I don't like the characters, chances are I'll like the book less. Harper annoyed me to the point that I was rolling my eyes at almost everything she said and did. Let me just list out all the things that she did that annoyed me.

• She flirted with another guy, while she already had a boyfriend. 
• She cheated on said boyfriend. 
• She let her boyfriend, Kennedy, treat her like crap, but she still didn't break up with him. 

Brody annoyed me too, so I'll just make another list.

• He had a sort-of girlfriend, but he flirted with Harper. 
• He cheated on his sort-of girlfriend with Harper. 
• Just read the quote. I really don't have to explain anything. 

"You get into a couple—a coupling, like a train car—with one girl and then another.” 
“Exactly,” he said.

There was no character development. I was hoping that the characters would get better as the story progressed, but no such luck. They were supposed to be seniors in high school, but the desicions they made were childish. They made one stupid decision after the other, almost to the point where I felt like tearing my hair out in frustration! That says a lot. The characters were impulsive, childish, and bratty from the beginning to the end. 

This book was definitely not my cup of tea, but I still plan on reading the rest of the series because they're all from the point of view of different characters and hopefully, I'll like them much better than I liked Harper and Brody.