Thursday, February 27, 2014

How to Be A Perfect Girl by Mary Williams

How To Be A Perfect Girl

By Mary Williams

Blurb: Valentina Hunter's parents think they've just hit the jackpot; when her mother invents a product that makes her family millionaires overnight, they buy a new house and new cars, and enroll their daughter in the ultra-exclusive Palm Lake private school. The school comes with an excellent resume; more Palm Lake graduates go on to the Ivy League than any other private school in the area, ninety percent of them start college with at least a year’s worth of Advanced Placement credits, and they earn more perfect ACT scores per capita than the students at any other high school. Valentina’s mother and father are ecstatic, but Val doesn’t share the sentiment; she would rather go to the local public school with all her middle school friends. Events only increase her desire, as Valentina quickly finds herself embroiled in bitter social battles and hostile vendettas, leaving her to question whether she’ll even be able to survive the first month.

Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Publication Date: December 18, 2013

Series: N/A

Pages: 274

My Rating: 1 star

A free copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I had a major problem with this book, sadly, and that was the MC.

Val, the aforementioned MC, may be one of the most unlikeable character I have ever come across. The worst part is, she never ever truly realizes it. She thinks she's nice and blames other people for being mean to her, when it is obviously her fault. For example, she calls her 'friend' Jenny ugly and says no guy will ever like her except a 'nerd' named Noah. (At this point, I should mention that someday these 'nerds' will be running the country. Noah would have probably been a better boyfriend than any of the other guys in this book. But I will get back to that later.) Jenny slaps her and gets suspended, while the only thing Val has to do is apologize for provoking her, something I found extremely unfair, mostly because she tells the principal she 'felt so bad afterwards.' But then when she is explaining the fight to her parents, she takes basically NO responsibility, and when her mom tells her she said some awful things that could seriously screw Jenny up, Val responds with, "But what I said was true!" Okay, Val, I think you have proven that you don't feel that bad.

She claims that she wishes that she could live in a world where there was "no drama or mood swings or emotional outbursts". However, since she is the one who is the cause of 90% of the drama in this book, I found that claim extremely hard to believe. Basically, she is the girl always complaining about drama in their lives while simulaneously causing it.

Her class president speech, and I am not joking, as that everyone should vote for her because she is nice and pretty. And they do. She wins. Mind you, this is AFTER she got in the fight with Jenny and called her ugly to her face.

Every single guy in this book was either a jerk or a perv. And they almost all tell Val that she is 'perfect','beautiful', or both. There is basically one guy who doesn't do that, but instead just teases Val about her nose, which is apparently 'too long'. All of these were quite one dimensional. The one guy I didn't mind as much as the other ones, Keenan (and trust me, he still had some issues) she ends up cheating on...with his brother...whose girlfriend broke up with him because of Val.

Val does start to realize she is getting mean, but instead of taking responsibility for her actions, she blames it on the school. Believe me, it is NOT the school's fault, Val.

The ending is...I don't know if it was supposed to be a cliffhanger or something, but it was not very good. Basically, (SPOILER) karma caught up with Val and everyone hates her now. She is now dating Keenan's brother Porter, because she cheated on Keenan with Porter and Keenan caught them.

So, that was what I didn't like about this book. I am afraid I could not recommend it.

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