Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey
Joanne - 3 crowns
Angst filled, story. Reminded me to live my life to the fullest, do not waste a second.
I will definitely be in the minority here with my review of this “must read” of the moment. I liked it, I did not love it. They said I would need tissues, but the only reason I wanted to cry was because I paid for it (which incidentally is the only reason I finished it)
Here’s part of the blurb:
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”
And so begins the LOOOOONNNGGGGG journey of Amanda and Noah – born just a minute apart, and have loved each other since that precise moment. Amanda always felt a connection, always felt close to Noah and they were the absolute best of friends….so for 350 pages (I have my font on blind so my copy was 402 pages including acknowledgements) we endure the following:
"He was my best friend and I wasn't going to do anything to jeopardize that. I had to keep telling myself that nothing could ever happen between us."
And Noah would say shit like:
"You've always been my girl and always will be. No one will ever take me away from you, Tweet. You're my heart and soul and that's never going to change, no matter what you say."
"There hasn't been a day in my life that I haven't loved you. I just wish you would let me love you."
And she would push him away, because he deserved someone perfect and she considered herself flawed, I am here to say that if a guy said that to me – I would throw him down and keep him forever. (Fuck you Amanda – you’re right he does deserve better than what you put him through).
I just wanted to punch her in the face.
So then we get 72% in and the Author drops her “bombshell” but Tweet still pissed me off, because she STILL DID NOT pull her head out of her ass – it took another person to finally make her see!!!!! Yes I felt horrible for Amanda (aka “Tweet”) but, I didn’t feel torn up over it – and it’s not because my heart is a block of ice. Without spoilers – I will just say I didn’t feel connected with what she was going through, and this could be because I have seen this happen first hand and the author did not pull me into what she was going through, which is hard to explain without exposing said “Bombshell”. There could have been a lot less pages about the pushing away of Noah and more development spent on what she was going through as a woman during her battle – Not to say I wanted to read more misery – I just felt it was added at 72% as a “what the hell, why not?” - And BAM over…it was so fast. . It took forever to get to the “twist” and then we are brought straight to “The end”
I did laugh a lot at the beginning about how she got her nickname “Tweet” The parts about her childhood were hilarious, this was only for a few pages – then we begin our long stay at camp angst fest – where I spent my time wanting to throat chop a fictional character.
Goodreads is chock filled with 5 star reviews, and I am glad so many people loved it and connected with it – It just wasn’t for me.
Kelly - 5 crowns
Present Perfect takes the best friend to lover story to a whole new level. This book is nothing like I imagined. At times, it actually physically hurt. How my kindle is still in one piece, I will never know!
My emotions are so conflicted it's crazy. The angst train rolled into this station at breakneck speed and took me on a journey I will never forget. Well...certainly not the last 30-35% anyway, and it's only because of that, that this book hit the 5 star marker...beforehand, I was grappling at a 3.5 - 4.
Why you ask? Well our heroine Amanda started to sound like a broken record and quite frankly I just about had it with the self-loathing pity party.
Don't get me wrong, the first 10% or so was total book heaven, Amanda and Noah were the sweetest best friends in the world, except Amanda was always living in the shadow of her perfect Sister, Emily. Her confidence took a knocking at a young age, she was never going to be 'perfect' like her sister, never good enough, always held in comparison, yet she owned a little piece of perfection in her non perfect world and he was the only true main consistency in her life. Noah.
Teenage hormones kick in years later and immediately our Amanda proves a force to be reckoned with when she falls in love with her best friend, knowing that she would never be good enough for the popular baseball player high-school hottie. From here on out this book gave me a severe case of whiplash. She loved him... He loved her... She pushes him away... He gets hurt and has sex with the high school skank... and round and round and round we go...
I loved this story but it got to the point where I wanted to slam my head against a wall... screaming..."Just accept his love already, you stupid bitch."
Then...BAM! What the fuck just happened?
Emotional turmoil and a important message is relayed to the reader in all its gut-wrenching glory. Hold on tight ladies...This is one emotionally fuel led mindfuck of a read that had me wanting to kick Amanda in the head, or throw my kindle...
I can relate to my fellow Princess Joanne who condemns the heroine due to the hell she puts Noah through, her indecisive and elusive manner was frustrating, yet certain events unfold later on that give her a new perspective on life, making her metamorphosis all the more sweeter, all it takes is one Beautiful young man to see it.
Regardless of my reservations, I cannot condemn in any of its forms how this book entranced me from page one and consumed my whole Sunday because I had to read it in one fell swoop. My eyes are puffy, my nose is red and I am now basking in one hell of a book hangover.
Noah is my new book boyfriend. This man is perfect. Totally, one hundred per cent pure book boyfriend material and I loved everything about him. How he remained so connected to Amanda after everything she put him through I will never know, but just know this... he will bury his way into your heart and set up home. I personally think my indifference to Amanda's character was because of the way she hurt him, countlessly, and for that... book bitches don't forgive easily, but this one did...in the end. ;)