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February 10, 2015

Review: Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Title: Better Than Perfect

Author: Melissa Kantor

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: e-ARC

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

I was given an e-ARC of this free of charge in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss and HarperTeen! Thanks to both.

This was a YA contemporary romance that definitely had its ups and downs. It follows a girl named Juliet who has it all, a perfect family, a lovely boyfriend, and a plan for the next few important upcoming years of her life. But that all ends when her dad moves out and things start spiraling downward for the family. 

I really liked the lesson that was given through this story: do want you want to do and follow your dreams and don't go down a path just because someone else wanted you to. Live your life. Don't let someone else live it for you. I thought this was a great lesson, especially in YA since many teens are brought into many different decisions because that's what other people wanted them to do. 

I didn't like the cheating that went on. I don't agree at all with cheating on someone when you are in a relationship, especially for four years! That part got on my nerves but it was also a lesson and a turning point in the story.

Overall, I did enjoy it but found a few problems with it that didn't make me love it. It definitely isn't a happy go lucky fluffy contemporary though (some parts of the book are though) so just be aware of that before going into it.

★ ★ ★ .5 / 5 stars


  1. I love the cover of the book <3 I hate it when someone cheats on their boyfriend/girlfriend in a book! If you want to be with someone else, then you should break up with the person and then go and do whatever you want with the other person. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. Great review!

  2. I've seen a couple of reviews before - the premise does sound interesting but a bit cliche .. I'm glad you enjoyed the novel though, let's see, I still want to check it out :) Lovely review <3

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

  3. totally agree with you Jacquelyn, we already discussed on twitter but yea, i didn't like some running themes on here. I still need to write my review of it though. Wish me luck!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf