I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #2
Published by Simon Pulse on January 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
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?
What I Thought…
• Biggest Flirt was my first Jennifer Echols book, but I knew it wouldn’t be my last. I loved the writing and that the characters were more real teenager, less “ideal” teenager. Perfect Couple definitely has both of those things that I loved.
• Harper comes from a messed up family. Her parents have been almost divorced for several years, argue with each other and put Harper in the middle. This makes her quite and someone who avoids conflict and confrontation, which also leads to her boring relationship with Kennedy, who is “perfect” for her.
• I hated Kennedy with a burning passion from the get go. He was a jack ass to pretty much everyone and incredibly self centered. I was not at all sad to see that relationship come to an end.
• Brody is nothing like Kennedy. He’s not at all what Harper would expect for herself, which is why he is so good for her. He also cares about her and puts her first, unlike Kennedy the jerk.
• Harper and Brody are brought together as the Perfect Couple That Never Was. Once they get that title they start to notice each other more and it’s super cute.
• I did have one issue with Perfect Couple. View Spoiler »When they are voted PCTNW they are both seeing someone else. Harper is with Kennedy and Brody is casually with another girl. They have a minor hook up with each other before officially ending it with either Kennedy or the other girl. And this bothers me. It’s just not something I particularly care for in books. They way it’s written doesn’t make it too bad (Kennedy and the girl (I really can’t remember her name) are painted as not great people), but still I expected more from Harper. She’s not the type of girl to kiss another boy when she’s dating a different one. Brody and the girl’s relationship was a bit different and more casual so it bothered me a little less than Harper and Kennedy. « Hide Spoiler This is an issue for me though, and not everyone will be bothered by it like I was.
• Watching Harper and Brody coming together and figure out that their relationship and feelings doesn’t have to like there parents was adorable. I also really liked that Brody got Harper to come out of her shell and stand up for herself and not just be a wallflower.
Overall I really enjoyed Perfect Couple and I am beyond excited to read Most Likely to Succeed!