Honestly parts of this book felt so real they hurt (family issues). It had love-hate banter and insults and fuzzy feelings and realness and funny and finding yourself all in the same book.
The basic story is: The book revolves around Kate who works with her father selling Vitamins in the mall. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them... Everyone gather around for the compelling message. It doesn't matter if your parents are getting divorced or your best friend basically ditched you, but as long as you have an amazing douchebag boyfriend then your life is complete.
But it takes way too long for Kate to wake up to what's really going on with her best friend, way too long for her to figure out whether Will is actually sincere, and the thing with the dad played out for way too long as well.
Perfect You cemented, for me, the fact that Elizabeth Scott is without a doubt the next Sarah Dessen. My first introduction to Elizabeth Scott came last May when I read and reviewed Bloom. If you're a girl who loves realistic teen romance novels that make you grin from ear to ear then you should definitely seek out Elizabeth Scott's books. On to Perfect You. Vitamins had ruined my life. Our heroine, Kate, is a sophomore whose life has gone from middling to worse. When Kate's father has a light-bulb moment involving a bottle of Perfect You vitamins, Kate's world begins to collapse. But even with her home life in chaos, it would all be okay if her best friend in the entire world was speaking to her. Anna was her best friend. Neither girl the life of the party. When the novel opens, Anna and Kate are long through. Anna having lost considerable weight over the summer is now an IT girl. Dumped by her best friend and forced into working at the geeky vitamin booth at the mall while her dad practices new ways to humiliate her, she thinks life couldn't get any more complicated. Life isn't always beautiful.
Will I ever learn not to judge books by their cover?!?!? I'm not really liking this cover, but the insides made up for it! Kate was a different sort of "girly book" character. 1,2, Freddy's coming for you I like how things weren't just magically fixed in the end.
Her grandmother was too wrapped up in appearances. Her best friend was too wrapped in being popular. Even if the individuals were crappy, and even if the relationships were all screwed up, I liked how honest the story was. Her father with his passion (blind as it was,) her mother with her loyalty, her brother with his humor, her grandmother with her willingness to assist (wanted or not.) And Kate with her (slow) discovery and acceptance of those flaws and merits. They start out a bit juvenile (think boy hair pulling to get the girl to pay attention,) all very love/hate. Except, it didnt stay that way, because like her grandmother said, Kate's used to being miserable. I love how their relationship developed and that the more she learned of him, the more she liked him.
I just the love the way her books make you feel - happy yet at the same time makes your heart ache a little. Like I have said before Scott writing is stunning. "Kate, don't be like that. You know I only did so well because I yearn-see, SAT word- to follow you to college and steal your heart." "Uh-huh. Want to know my favourite part of this book? I just love the build up and the tenderness of moments between Kate and Will.
And, for you romance fans, I assure you that the love interet is HOT. He's the boy Kate wants so badly to hate.
This is my first introduction to Elizabeth Scott, and to a young adult novel not considered a classic.
Ick. Nothing was resolved at the end; the family was full of drama from beginning to end and I had no idea what the lesson or character development was supposed to be, until the epilogue, where it was pretty much stated explicitly.