“Probably needs therapy. Definitely needs a hug.” — Perfect on Paper
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales will give you a smile on your face, as well as a big rush of all the feels due to how invested you’ll become with Darcy, her hijinks involved with running her relationship advice business, and how she comes to terms with her own love life and advice.
Darcy is the kind of storyteller that you immediately connect to, even if you aren’t a teenaged bisexual who runs a successful love advice service. With a whole cast of characters that are equally vibrant, equally soulful, and yet totally down to earth, Perfect on Paper asks the question “How would you handle your love interest asking advice about another person?” and makes it completely relevant for not just teens.
While Darcy is certain she’s been in love with her best friend for years, she ends up befriending her classmate Alexander Brougham. Although, Darcy would claim she’s been blackmailed. Brougham would say he merely took advantage of an opportunity. Either way, the two of them spend time together dissecting Brougham’s love life in a way that leads Darcy to reflect on her own feelings towards friend and crush, Brooke. I found myself sympathetic towards Darcy and Brougham. Even if I didn’t always approve of their respective choices in their lives myself (adulting, am I right?). It isn’t just the teens in the story who have their share of problems. Watching how the adults in Perfect on Paper go through their own transformation throughout the story was really impressive as well.
I adored how inclusive Perfect on Paper is with the LGBTQ+ community! Between Darcy, her sister, and the Q&Q club that is a safe space and everyone is welcome and that extends to Perfect on Paper as well First of all, how cool is it that this book is like 90% LGBTQ+ characters? Second, I love that this inclusivity is the norm, and not the drama. The inevitable drama is just in the relationships themselves, and honestly, I love how all are resolved within the story. It made sense to me, and I feel like there was some serious thought behind the conclusion.
Can I just say how much of a fan I am now? Sophie Gonzales was a new to me author prior to reading this truly hilarious and heartfelt story. From start to finish, I was entranced and did not want to say goodbye to all of these wonderful characters. Perfect on Paper is available today, so go get your copy now!