★ SYNOPSIS ★
“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.”
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★ MY REVIEW ★
This is one of those books I wasn’t expecting. I randomly grabbed it because it was on KU and it intrigued me. As soon as I started reading, I was completely sucked in. Present Perfect is one of those books that basically put a strangle hold on me and my emotions; I could not set it down. Present Perfect is the first book in The Perfect Series by Alison G. Bailey. It is a standalone novel and it’s told from the first person point of view, of our heroine, Amanda.
I’ve been trying to figure out what to write for this review, since I finished the book. So instead of trying to force it, I’m just going to tell you all how it is exactly. I closed this book and sobbed for an hour, that doesn’t even count the whole last hour of the book that I was seriously ugly crying. There is so much emotion in this book, on various levels that you really root for these characters. This is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve read this year, if not in the last five. The angst level in it may kill you, but it’s so worth it.
If you want a book that is straight up, boy meets girl, girl meets boy, boy falls in love with girl, girl is head over heels for boy, boy and girl get together, boy and girl ride off into the sunset happily-ever-after, everything is sunshine, rainbows, ideal, and just like most romance novels you’ll read… this book is not for you. (Seriously, go find Harlequin if you want that.) These characters are extremely complex. The writing is in-depth, and “the feels” are off the wall. These characters are definitely not perfect, but that is what makes them perfect, and makes this book so good. They feel real, the feelings and emotions they have, and every bit of it is translated extremely well.
Amanda “Tweet” Kelly has been in love with her best friend Noah Stewart, in one form or another, all her life. She can’t remember a time that she hasn’t loved him. What takes place in Present Perfect is the story of Amanda and Noah, how they grow up, and how they end up. It’s not an easy trip, this book will have you pulling your hair out. At one point I actually wanted to scream at Amanda and thump her. There are points in which I was completely ticked at Noah and wanted to thump him.
As these two grow up, the love they feel for each other changes. Noah is head over heels for Tweet, and she feels much the same. The problem with Tweet is that she has a garbage pile full of insecurities and doubts. A lot of them are self doubts. She doesn’t think she’s good enough for Noah. Tweet thinks that Noah is perfect in every way and she’ll never been perfect, and never be good enough for him. So she pushes him away, again and again and again.
These two both make mistakes in the process of trying to find themselves and to be okay with each other. To keep their friendship and to keep it from not going any further. Amanda is adamant about that. It takes a lot of learning on both their parts and sometimes it takes special people coming into your life to knock some sense into you.
Okay I’m over here laughing at myself. This is part of the reason I’ve been putting off this review…. I’m about to start bawling again just thinking of this book. If you’ll notice, it’s got a five star rating and I think it’s more than deserved. The writing, the pacing, and heck, even the angst are all spot on. I actually think Ms. Bailey is a bit of an evil genius at this point because my emotions feel completely screwed with and I loved it. That is so wrong! Hah!
I had meant to make graphics for this review and go through all the quotes that I snagged but when it comes down to it, this book completely supports itself and I want to leave somethings to the readers to find out, like I did. So, I’m going to leave you with the quote that stuck out to me the most in this whole book, and made me cry like a 5 year old on the playground when my ice cream dropped in the sandbox.
“Everybody deserves a thank you and a goodbye.” – Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey
P.S. There is a third book in this series, that is this book again completely told from Noah’s side. I’ve been told there are new things in it and what not, but honestly I can’t bring myself to read it yet. It may take me a good long while before I can.
P.P.S. There is nothing wrong with Harlequin books, but you typically do know what you’re getting into when you read them. 😉