Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols // Tens of Thousands of Times Better Than the First Novel

Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2), by Jennifer Echols                                  Publication: January 13, 2015, by Simon Pulse                                                                 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance                                                          Pages: 336                                                         Format: Paperback                                       Source: Purchased                                         Rating: Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PMScreen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.12.37 PM½

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can’t see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. 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 they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

Michelle’s Thoughts:

Jennifer Echols’ writing just keeps getting more and more amazing, as this Superlatives trilogy continues. I’m obsessed with this book, I really am, and I never ever expected something like this to come out of it. You know how the first book contained a nerdy guy and a kickass, rebellious girl? This is the same, but a gender swap where things and much more sexier and adorable. I promise you that yearbook photographer Harper and football quarterback Brody are going to be your new favourite sexy couple. 

This book all begins with Harper and Brody getting nominated for Perfect Couple, but they certainly think that it’s a mistake. Besides, they are complete opposites and share no common interests. In Harper’s spare time, she helps her mother out with her B&B and takes photographs, while Brody plays football and is highly popular and has a “hot girlfriend.” They are both confused with the reason why they’re put together, but as they begin to spend more and more time together when they decide that they have to take the yearbook photo together, they realize that they have a connection.

“Another day, my heart would have gone out to him. He was my geeky soul mate, the boy I belonged with. So what if he wasn’t a muscle-bound hunk ready to challenge Brody when he brazenly eyed me? As an independent woman, I didn’t need a protector. I wanted a sensitive guy with a great sense of humor and a fresh view of the world.” (86)

This is a lightweight novel where its contemporary style is precious and easy-going. Yes, it’s that kind of summery novel that you’ll finish in a matter of hours and beg for more. I’d seriously run to the bookstore right now if I could to get the sequel and last book, even though I already have the third on my Kindle. The writing is cute, fresh and much better than the first book. I seriously love the way this series is formatted, with all three books being placed with different characters and storylines, though all being tied in with the same concept in a way. I loved it.

I must say that this could turn out to be one of the best books of the year for me. Yes, it’s heartbreaking when Brody and Harper realize that they’re having issues, but it’s heart-wrenching when they’re in love and find romance. The connection that they have is beautiful and I just giggle and “aw” every time I see the cover.

“With a last salute to me, he jogged along the sidelines to rejoin his team and finish his adventure. I brought up my camera and snapped a picture.” (301)

You know how a lot of people these days are beginning to think that they’re all photographers if they have one of those high-tech cameras? Harper wasn’t one of those people. Her life of photography was the reason why everything clicked together. It was a big deal for her, and the descriptions of the things she did with her natural talent was wonderful. I loved her character ten times more than Tia’s in the last book, as well as Brody’s. *falls in love* Brody is my new book boyfriend and he’s so adorable.

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Perfect Couple definitely expressed the perfect couple of modern-day cutesy contemporary literature, Brody and Harper. This book features the way they fell in love, got to know each other and dealt with many things that practically teared their hearts apart because they realized that they needed each other so much. I adored the characters, writing and beautiful easy-going writing that makes so much sense in a high school environment, though we don’t see it coming around often. If you hadn’t enjoyed the first book for some reason, forget about it and read this, because it’ll knock your socks off.

What do you think of books with different plots in every book? or should i say… different characters? please read this, everyone. have you read jennifer echols’ books before?

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