Title: You Asked For Perfect
Author: Laura Silverman
Release Date: March 5, 2019
“I’ve been so busy racing to the finish line, I haven’t thought much about what happens when I cross it.”
Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.
You Asked For Perfect is an impactful story about stress, anxiety, and self care. It’s easily one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. It captivated me with such raw emotion and honesty that I fell head over heels in love.
I basically loved everything about the story . I thought Ariel was so relatable, because I was the same studious AP/Honors student nerd. He goes through such a realistic and emotional journey as he struggles to live up to the expectations and all the anxiety that goes with applying to colleges. I really loved the strong supportive family and community that was around Ariel. It was great to see the quiet and caring family moments with his parents and sister, and also the encouraging and supportive moments with his friends or rabbi. And while it’s not the biggest plotline in the story (I’d say this is truly a story of personal growth and health/self care rather than a romance) Ariel and Amir had one of the most enjoyable and swoony romances I’ve read about recently. I loved them together so much and I was so overjoyed everytime they shared a scene.
You Asked For Perfect is such a relatable story that will mean so much to so many people who deal with anxiety, stress, or fears of inadequacies. It’s comforting to know you’re not alone in your fears and seeing a whole community champion around Ariel, it just feels so loving and caring. What an amazing story that is one of my favorites I’ve read so far this year.
I received a copy of the book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
My debut novel, GIRL OUT OF WATER, is a summery coming-of-age story about a California surfer girl sent to landlocked Nebraska for the entire summer. It debuted in May 2017. You can order it from most book retailers and of course request it at your local library! My second novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, is about the effects of intense academic pressure on a teenage Valedictorian-to-be. It comes out March 2019, and you can add it on Goodreads here.
I have degrees in English and Advertising from the University of Georgia, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. While I lived in NYC, I interned at Penguin and two different literary agencies. In addition to writing, I also freelance edit manuscripts and query letters. Please check out my services if you’re interested! I particularly love helping with those query letters!
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