Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review: Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

Publication Date: 11/17/2015
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Mirror, mirror … who’s the fairest of them all?

I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretendingthey were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn’t grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ‘mean girls.’

And those mean girls were right – it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world – and I knew the answer would never be me.

The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.

The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.

Well, that’s definitely not Willow Tate.

No. That will never be me.

Because I’m completely imperfect.

And … I hate myself.

I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them. 

Harper Sloan, I would hug you if I could reach through this computer  and grab you.  Perfectly Imperfect is simply and painstakingly beautiful.  You poured your heart and soul into this book and its beauty shines from the pages.  Willow’s story of painful heartbreak that with help from a wonderful man who loves her like she was truly meant to be loved showcases that there is hope out there in this deep, dark world.  For years, I have been body shamed and tormented for my more than average size.  I don’t know how many times I have cried just like Willow when someone belittled me because I’m a bigger girl.  Hell, I even had someone take a fork away from me at a family gathering because they thought that the salad and sandwich I had eaten was all that I needed.  I’m not even remotely kidding about that.

Willow’s embittered family life really resonated with me.  She was being tormented by her own step-father and step-sister over the fact that she didn’t fit into their cookie cutter world. I will say that of all the books I have ever read that I wanted to flipping murder, maim, and hide the body of her step-father. Now teenager should be told she should have been the one who died.  That portion of the story right there made me bawl and punch a pillow all the at the same time.  But, as I trudged on into the story, I realized how truly beautiful the darkness of her life made her future.

I have to take a minute before I close this review to say something to other readers and commenters out there about this book. I know that not everyone will like a novel and honestly, this book is one of those kind of stories that will either change your life or just be another book on your book shelf. But, for the love of God, this book is fiction. This isn’t a real life fairy tale. So many reviewers called this book cheesy and unrealistic that I really wanted to highlight the fiction title on this book Amazon’s page and send them the link.  This book isn’t meant to be a guide to how to overcome your body issues, but to give readers hope that they too can overcome their issues and find happiness in their life like Willow.  This story is about hope and love, and most of all, overcoming obstacles in your life.  Willow and Kane aren’t real, but for the few hours you spend reading this book, you will understand that you truly aren’t alone in the world when it comes to body issues. I just hope that you take away the same thing from this book that I have.

You aren’t alone in this and the first place you need to look in order to show these SOBs that you aren’t just the body you were born is within yourself.  You have the power to change your stars if you only try to make this world into the place you want to be in.  Look inside of yourself and see the beauty within you.  

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