Perfectly You by Robin Daniels
Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming. Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction. Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself…
Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about sex. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no sex, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
My Review: 4.5 Stars
Sometimes a book transports me right back to my teenage years and this is one of them. Do I want to re-live my teen years? NO WAY! But I honestly had a hard time putting this one down.
Ivy is the type of person who would have totally intimidated me back in the day--she's ultra confident and popular. When she finds herself one name short for a fundraiser, she recruits her art table partner. Well...tricking Andy into doing it is more like it. Andy is a great guy who is also intimidating in his own way because he doesn't care at all what people think of him. He's comfortable hiding in the shadows and being exactly who he wants to be.
Ivy and Andy have an easy friendship with a great chemistry. I loved watching Andy's personality reveal itself, much like peeling the layers of an onion--gradually. Although Ivy tries to change Andy, she learns some life lessons of her own...the hard way. Jake and Lilly, their friends, are absolutely over-the-top hilarious and really rounded out the story, balancing the hard times with humor. I love a story with good, solid relationships/friendships.
Because this story does take place during high school, there is plenty of drama. I'm not a big fan of drama, but there is so much more to the story than just that. The growth, change, acceptance, standing up for yourself, romance, funny, etc moments rise above and make this one a winner.
Content: **see warning in the synopsis** moderate romance (innuendo, some crude talk, spicy kissing); mild-moderate language (not as much as Book 1).
*I received a copy, which didn't influence my opinion at all. All thoughts are my own*
"What about tonight?" Andy suggested.
"I suppose I could get away for a minute. What did you have in mind?"
"I'm not ready for another argument today...so, do you like cheesecake?"
"Um, hello? I am a girl..." I responded playfully.
"Of course." He laughed, smacking his forehead. "How could I forget?"
Author Robin Daniels
Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid. Robin is a sucker for home design shows and magazines, watches way too much Netflix and has a very codependent relationship with with a certain diet soda who’s brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)
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