Mini Review: Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Better than Perfect
Author: Melissa Kantor
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Review by: Jenn
Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.

3 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this title from the publisher but it does not influence this review in any way.*

Having read Melissa's previous title, Maybe One Day, I was extremely excited about getting my hands on this book. To be honest, I was expecting to have my heart ripped out and have a good cry. That was not the case, however. I did still enjoy the story and it left me thinking about it for the days after I finished it.

I enjoyed seeing Juliet's growth. I'm proud of her for sticking up for what she really wanted instead of going along with something that would make her unhappy. I like how Melissa Kantor writes about teens and the angst of family, friends, and expectations.  She does such a wonderful job of making her books so realistic and relatable. Because of this, I look forward to reading more from her work.


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