By Sophie Gonzales
Rating: 5/5 Stairs
Which starts like this:
Everyone in school knows about locker eighty-nine: the locker on the bottom right, at the end of the hall near the science labs. It’s been unassigned for years now; really, it should’ve been allocated to one of the hundreds of students in the school to load with books and papers and forgotten, mold-infested Tupperware.Perfect on Paper
Locker eighty-nine. It’s unassigned, but everyone knows if you drop a letter with $10 inside, you’ll get an email back from firstname.lastname@example.org with the relationship answers you seek. Guaranteed, or your money back. No one in school knows who is behind Locker 89. Well, no one except Darcy Phillips. She’s the one with the locker combo and spot-on advice. And she’d like to keep it that way. Until Brougham catches her in the act of collecting the day’s letters – and turns Darcy into his personal relationship coach.
This is the first book I’ve read by Sophie Gonzales, but it won’t be the last. I adored Perfect on Paper, a YA romcom with great characters and a fun storyline. For me, the book had a bit of a You’ve Got Mail mixed with Clueless vibe, which I loved. (I think it was just the mix of letter/email writing and then Darcy seeing some of her anonymous advice playing out around her in small ways at school, not to mention the Darcy/Brougham interactions.) Perfect on Paper did feel a little predictable at times (due to typical romcom-type situations), but for me the predictability didn’t detract from the characters (who I found delightful) and the engaging story.
Perfect on Paper is funny and relatable with the right amount of heart. It’s about relationships. And friendships. Following your own advice. And what to do when we mess up. Loved, loved, loved this book.
Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for review.