I received this book at no cost from the publisher or author.Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Published by Simon Pulse on January 13th 2015
Genres: Friendship, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
In this second book in The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Harper and Brody think they’re an unlikely match—but the senior class says they belong together.
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Harper’s passions are photography and art and she hopes that her skills on the year book will help her cement entrance into the college of her choice. When the school decides that she and the football quarterback are the ideal couple and she has to photograph herself with him, she tries to narrow down a creative angle. The two both have significant others, so a balanced teasing between them starts to take place between this unlikely pair. After her parents acrimonious divorce, she has issues with relationships even the one with Kennedy, who is the year book editor. As Harper tries to avoid conflict with Brody’s girlfriend, Grace, she has to admit to herself that there is a spark between her and Brody. To be honest, her relationship with Kennedy didn’t seem like much to me, more just friends and it bugged me the way he bossed her around.
I think every group has a “Brody” in it, the one guy who is the total jock and hunk and he knows it. He thinks Harper is sweet and that she is different from a lot of the girls he has dated. The mutual fun and teasing between the pair is adorable and typical. While this book is much lighter in tone that my favorite Echols book (Such a Rush), this one did bring up some important social issue about homophobia in high school in a clever and charming way. I don’t think anyone ever had a “coming out” cupcake event at a high school before, but then I was in high school ages ago.
I didn’t read the first book in the series, but I felt I didn’t need to since everything was easy to pick up and now I plan on reading the first one for full introductions to the characters. I was happy with the ending and, as always, it has a bit of a twist, but still satisfactorily happy. Parents: there are sexual situations in this one with a bit of langauge. I really recommend this one if you are looking for a light-hearted quick read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
Details: Win (1) of (5) books in the Superlatives series: BIGGEST FLIRTS (Superlatives #1) or PERFECT COUPLE Superlatives #2) by Jennifer Echols (US Only)