Read August 22, 2013
Rating: 5 PERFECT STARS
Cover: The cover definitely caught my eye, but appeared a little simple. It took me no more than 3 chapters to completely fall in love with the cover and all the meaningful details put into it.
Summary (via Goodreads)
I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.
Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.
We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify
“You don’t always have to perfect in your life, but always be present.”
I somehow missed the upcoming release of this book. Fortunately, others did not. This book was running rapidly through my goodreads feeds, and well since everyone else was doing it I decided I better jump off the bridge too… and boy was it an intense fall.
This book was an original, witty, yet heart-rending story about finding your true love and overcoming your demons as well as life’s challenges in order to live your life in the present with no fear or regret holding you back. This book was well written and an addictive page-turner. It has been awhile since I stayed up all night to read a book, but I couldn’t put this one down.
Amanda and Noah have been best friends and in love their whole lives. They had great chemistry and I loved their silly banter and relationship (there is an event involving pleather that is the hardest I’ve ever laughed while reading a book). This book begins when these two were small children, so we get to watch them grow up and learn some of life’s lessons the hard way as well as form an nonreplicable bond. There were a few fun side characters to lighten the mood, when things were getting too frustrating and depressing (Dalton, Lisa, and Brad). One thing is for sure, this chick knows how to write swoonworthy guys. Even Brad had some swoonworthy moments and he was a douchebag.. still I liked him and am glad to see he’s getting his own book!
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha… that’s basically Amanda’s life (to all you young ones out there, that’s a Brady Bunch reference). Amanda has lived her in the shadows while her sister excelled in everything and shined in her family’s eyes. This caused some serious hits to her self esteem and because of that she had difficulty accepting that her soul mate Noah could actually love her back. I’m not going to lie, Amanda was possibly the most frustrating female characters I have came across. Her self-loathing was unbearable at times and her endless excuses were not always validated. You really just wanted to jump in the book and slap her. That being said she was also pretty funny and sarcastic, which I liked. Oh yeah and she’s a fan of Kellan Kyle and the D-bags.. bonus points for her.
Noah… I want one! He’s pretty much perfect. He’s the All-American boy next door. He is in love with Amanda and is upfront and honest with her about it. There was no guessing about his feelings even when he appeared to be moving on. His gestures were absolutely swoonworthy and I often felt heartbroken for him after the repeated rejection from Amanda.
About the Author:
Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she would create (write) additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. At the end of 2012 a very talented author friend convinced Alison to go back to writing and see what happens. So she did and fell back in love with it. Present Perfect will be Alison’s first self-published book. A few personal facts, Alison loves anything sweet, especially frosting, and is addicted to Diet Pepsi. Alison’s philosophy: Don’t let your obstacles define you. At times life can get pretty overwhelming, but with a great support system and a lot of humor you can get through them. If you have humor in your life your spirit stays strong and you can tackle anything.
Let the stalking commence