Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott

Book Title: Perfect You
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Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback (282 pages)
Dates Read: November 20 to 22, 2011
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Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible. And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest. Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them...

I bought Perfect You a few years ago, but for some reason never picked it up until recently. I’ve heard so many good things about Elizabeth Scott’s books so I knew I had to read it and I’m so glad I did.

While fantasy is a nice escape from the real world, books that are so real like Perfect You help you escape your own life without the escape being too out there. I think it actually makes you appreciate your own life more and the things you have when you read about someone elses troubles. Kate is struggling with all the relationships  in her life (family, friends, & boys). This is one of those struggles every teenager — and even adults — deal with because as a teen you’re struggling to find who you are and as an adult, everyone around you seems to constantly be changing in some way.

I felt so bad for Kate through Perfect You because all those around her were too self-involved. I wanted to slap all of them and shake her since she was basically letting it happen by not standing up to them. She lets them push her around and basically ignore her wants and her needs and don’t even consider how she might feel when they do or say things. Especially Will, who she has a love-hate relationship with. He can be a real jerk, while other times he’s really sweet. I think she needed to put her foot down in the beginning because if he really cared, he would’ve treated her respect sooner.

I loved that Perfect You focuses on one specific issue and I think that helps readers so much more if they are dealing with the same thing. It drove me so crazy to see it all happening to Kate that I feel like that really helps you to learn from it. I can’t wait to read more of Scott’s work!