Title: We Are the Perfect Girl
Author: Ariel Kaplan
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR
Release Date:May 21, 2019
“My heart always timidly hides itself behind my mind. I set out to bring down stars from the sky; then for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.” – Edmond Rastand, Cyrano de Bergerac
I had so much fun reading this book. I physically laughed out loud like 3 times in the first chapter. We are the Perfect Girl is a retelling of 19th century play, Cyrano de Bergerac, all about body dysmorphia and personal acceptance. We Are the Perfect Girl is a hilarious and impactful story about self acceptance and friendship.
Things I Liked
Bethany and Aphra’s friendship is the greatest thing in the world to me. They felt like genuine friends. I got their history and special quirks that make their relationship unique. And while they do go through some trials, I just loved seeing them together. Aphra’s vibrant personality perfectly complemented Bethany’s more reserved nature.
Aphra’s journey is so well done. She really has trouble recognizing all the wonderful parts of herself, and loves to diminish her worth and accomplishments to let others shine brighter. But I loved her therapy sessions and seeing her work though these issues to try and grow.
I did really love most of the family relationships in the story. Aphra’s parents are wonderful, even if they struggle to find a work-life balance sometimes. Aphra’s little brother is an angel and I love him dearly – as does Aphra. I did have some mixed thoughts about Delia, APhra’s older sister, but I warmed up to her as the story progressed.
Things I Didn’t Like
I’m torn on my thoughts about the ending of the story – I simultaneously liked it and thought it felt a little rushed. But I didn’t need more to make the story feel complete, but more would have added to the story.
Overall this was just suck a wildly enjoyable book that I can’t help but think happy little thoughts about it. The platonic relationships were there, the romantic relationships were there (and they brought the drama). We Are the Perfect Girl manages to impart a powerful and important message without feeling preachy or stifled. It’s truly a well balanced story that will keep you engaged from page one.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.