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After reading Only Mostly Devastated, I was absolutely over the moon to have received an ARC of Perfect on Paper. I loved the first book I read from Sophie Gonzales and had extremely high hopes for this one especially after reading a blurb that encompasses everything I could’ve wanted from a romance/contemporary.
Perfect on Paper follows Darcy Phillips, a sixteen year old girl who in her spare time gives the student body helpful relationship advice through her anonymous identity as “Locker 89.”
She’s bisexual and she has a major crush on her best friend, Brooke who does not know about Darcy’s “extracurricular activity.” If word gets out about it, some unfortunate events would come out and Brooke may never talk to Darcy ever again. Not only jeopardising their friendship but also Darcy’s chances at turning it into something more. Luckily, Darcy’s got everything under control and so far in the years that the anonymous locker has been run, nobody had ever uncovered her identity.
That is until one afternoon where she gets spotted taking letters out of Locker 89 by none other than Alexander Brougham, an annoyingly hot swimmer who blackmails Darcy for her privacy in exchange for her help in getting his ex girlfriend back. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?
A lot apparently and this book encompassed it all whilst still giving me relationship advice and an educative lesson on biphobia and what it truly means to be queer.
I genuinely enjoyed how this book explored different relationship types and styles and I loved how this book showed me that there were so many different ways to love another person. This was mainly done through the letter format where we got to see the kind of advice Darcy was giving to other students. Most authors would steer away from showing that kind of relationship advice but I think that for this book it really worked since it gave another dimension to Darcy’s characterisation. She was a flawed character and that was made so by the character revelations made along the way. My only issue with her was that I never could pick up on her personal issues until she pointed them out. Although she was at times an afraid and anxious character, I followed through with her but didn’t understand why she did some of the things she did until she explained them. I would’ve liked for it to have been a bit more clear and obvious but it didn’t take too much away from the story so I still enjoyed it overall.
What made me super happy though were the many Aussie references. We almost never get represented in books apart from maybe #LoveOzYA which is often set in Australia anyway. To see a character that was not only an Aussie but from my own home town too was so heartening to see. We also got so much information about Australian dialects even I learnt something about my own that I didn’t know before. Just for someone to reference the Australian-British accents in the Southern parts of Australia made me jump for joy. Oh, and let’s not forget the Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel references and the multiple mentions of fairy bread. My Aussie soul was 100% satisfied.
But my Aussie fangirling aside, it was definitely the characters who made this book. I already mentioned Darcy but this book was so layered with the character development it’s not even funny. It dealt with so many hard topics like abuse, biphobia and bullying whilst still being light-hearted. I really loved reading about them all especially Brougham who was so patient and caring yet so held together in a world where, behind closed doors, was falling apart around him. I felt so sympathetic towards him and just wanted to give him a big hug. In fact, I think all the characters deserved a big hug.
Raina was the only character I wanted more of since we barely got anything from her end. I wanted her to have more of a presence but her short page-time didn’t bother me too much. I think the book made up for it with Ainsley who, after Brougham, was my second favourite character for her bubbliness and for her crazy ideas and imagination. I was never bored reading about her and I loved reading about hers and Darcy’s sisterly connection and how they always had each other’s backs. It was really awe-inspiring to read.
All in all, I genuinely enjoyed this book. Compared to Only Mostly Devastated I think I liked the other one more but I definitely wasn’t disappointed with this one.
So I’m White™️ so take this all with a grain of salt but like, with 26th Jan coming up here’s a non-exhaustive list of days that would be better choices for Australia Day
1st Jan- Federation officially began 01/01/1901 so it’s literally our country’s birthday. Also we’d get double public holiday with NYE.
29th March- Day the first Australian General Elections were held. Celebrate democracy and whatnot.
30th March- Apparently General Elections used to take two days to hold. Celebrate democracy and the value of taking your time when doing something important.
8th May- I’m not sure if this was proposed ironically or not, but I guess “May 8” does sound like “mate” if you really swallow your consonants. A bit cringe imho but not as cringe as colonialism and genocide.
25th July- Take over Christmas in July celebrations. Good for all the same reasons Christmas in July is good, but also makes more sense because it’s not like it snows in July either.
19th Aug- Wikipedia tells me that this is the day Deas Thomson moved for a NSW Parliamentary Select Committee on the question of Australian federation. Good if you want to make Australia Day weirdly NSW focused still.
24th Oct- Anniversary of the Tenterfield Oration, which Wikipedia tells me was when a guy made such a moving speech about how the colonies should federate that it only took them twelve more years to do it. Points deducted for the fact that New Zealand was still in the running to be part of Australia at that point, and it makes me sad to even think about us holding them back like that.
31st Oct- My mum hates Halloween for some reason and so she suggests that Australia Day should be moved to the 31st Oct so people will be forced to give up celebrating Halloween. Still a better date choice than 26th Jan.