Title: Perfectly Imperfect
Author: Harper Sloan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 17 Nov 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’
And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I’m completely imperfect.
And … I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
Firstly, please take the time to read the author’s notes in this book, they are both emotional and insightful adding a deeper connection to the story as a whole.
Perfectly Imperfect is told in dual first person narrative with more from Willow than Kane.
Willow has very low self-esteem having been subjected to criticism and verbal abuse by those closest to her following her mothers tragic death. Turning to food as a source of comfort escalated her problems adding body issues to her already fragile view of herself. The insight into the damage verbal abuse causes was heartbreaking to witness. Ultimately, the damage inflicted can only be overcome by inner strength until the person victimized can find their own strength, nothing and nobody can alter their perspective. I loved the quote ‘The influence of others only holds as much power as you let it‘ – words to live by. There may well be a catalyst to promote the change but ultimately it has to come from deep within ourselves.
Perfectly Imperfect provides a perceptive look at bullying but that insight can be applied to any negative situation a person might find themselves in; although the experience is negative, being able to use the experience as a learning tool and channel it into something positive helping overcome the damage inflicted and making us ultimately emotionally stronger.
The peripheral characters in Willow’s life provide an amazing support system for her in the form of her best friends, Eddie and Kirby ♥
Kane is a super sexy movie star but there is so much more to him than a pretty face and hot body He is extremely self-aware and has an enviable level of emotional depth. He is also somewhat of a romantic, believing in soul mates and recognising everything he wants in his life partner in Willow, even down to the beautiful curves she hates so much ♥ Seeking that profound connection all his alpha tendencies spring forth at first glimpse of Willow making him determined to claim her for himself. SWOON
I loved witnessing the blossoming relationship between Kane and Willow especially Willow’s gaining self-confidence in all areas of her life. Although I have to say I did find the sub-plot a little superfluous.