Perfect Ten

With that cover and synopsis I was expecting fun and fluffy What I got was drama shady behavior and possibly cheating depending on how you look at things What I loved The friendship between S

With that cover and synopsis, I was expecting fun and fluffy. What I got was drama, shady behavior, and possibly cheating {depending on how you look at things.}What I loved:•The friendship between Sam, Landon, and Meg. They're all so loyal to each other. I loved the code words they used and the perfect support system. People should be so lucky to have friends that will tell you you're being an ass while hugging you. •How open and comfortable Sam was in his sexuality. He's been out for a while and it was refreshing to read a teen in that part of his life. What I didn't like:•How focused Sam was on the looks of the boy he was looking for. Yes, attraction is important, but damn. Worry about the person having some brains too. •The maybe cheating. Sam hooks up with a few boys and isn't really honest about the fact that he's seeing them all. I don't care about the open relationship as much as I do the lying and hiding things. •I struggled to care about a lot of what was going on. There was some background drama and it felt forced instead of helping the story along. Overall, there was something that kept me reading, but I couldn't tell you what it was. Perhaps I'm still in a sight hangover from my previous book. Regardless, I am interested in future books from this author. **Huge thanks to Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge** Good Perfect Ten Creat L.Philips Viral Book Who is Sam Raines s Perfect Ten It s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade But when Meg, his ex Catholic turned Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try He crafts a list of ten tWho is Sam Raines s Perfect Ten It s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade But when Meg, his ex Catholic turned Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam There s Gus, the suave French exchange student Jamie, the sweet and shy artist and Travis, the guitar playing tattooed enigma Even Sam s ex boyfriend Landon might want another chance But does a Perfect Ten even exist Find out in this delectable coming of age romcom with just a touch of magic.. The pen name for Laura Wettersten who lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, their adorable baby son, and their two neurotic dogs She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when she s not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases from Simon Schuster BFYR in 2014.. Popular Kindle Perfect Ten 1.25/5I received an ARC of this book through Penguin First to Read. Thanks!Okay, so. This book isn’t my thing. When I applied for the copy, I thought it was just a contemporary - look at the cute cover! But alas, there’s a good chunk of magical realism in there. And you all know my relationship with magical realism. (It’s that I hate it.), like, that's not the reason I'm rating it so low. I'm not pathological. It's my own fault for doing the bare minimum of research before requesting an ARC. I'm just saying this book and I were already off to a ROUGH start.And it's also that this book was lowkey unbearableeeee. It felt so cheesy and unrealistic and the main character was so pretentious I wanted to hit him over the head with a paper bag full of used-bookstore classics. But we'll get to all that.THE GOOD STUFFUh…can “stuff” be singular? I have one thing. It’s a big good thing, though!The main character of this is gay. Which is so great. In many ways - in all ways, really - this was pretty typical/cheesy/cliché, but with the addition of LGBT rep. That kinda makes sense? More sense than if it was the same old tropes and the same old heterosexuals. Anyway, I suppose what I'm trying (and failing) to say is that it's at least more important to tell more diverse versions of the same stories than to tell them over and over and over again with straighties.But the downside? This was still really, really boring. Like, tempted-to-put-this-book-down (well, my phone down technically) and-do-homework levels of boring,. I say like I don’t spend the vast vast vast majority of my time doing schoolwork. Anyway. We’ll get to all that. (Except not the part about where I spend all my time studying. I need you guys to keep thinking I’m achieving, like, 1950s-guy-in-a-leather-jacket-with-a-nicotine-addiction levels of cool all the time. Which, hey, I totally am! And nailing good grades on top of it. You’re allowed to worship me as a hero. I’m fine with that.)THESE CHARACTERS SUCKOur central character is Sam. Sam is unlucky in love. Sam has 2 friends: one is Meg, who has that normal thing of deciding your parents are oppressing you so you shirk the religion that you feel they’re pressing on you but is actually just one of the tenets of their lives but anyway you don’t care about them so you become a witch. What? That’s not normal at all? It's literally insane and makes no sense and why would someone ever build a book upon a foundation that wild? Touché.Sam’s only other friend is his only ex-boyfriend, Landon. (You'd think these three must live in the dinkiest tiny town of all time, until never-before-seen-hot-guys start popping up out of nowhere - and Sam doesn't even make out with all of them! But we'll get there.) Sammyboy and Landon dated when they were teeny little things and their relationship was like, too intense or something so Sam ended it and broke Landon’s poor widdle heart. Also, by “intense” I mean toxic, repressive, unhealthy, and maybe even emotionally abusive. All accomplished by a couple middle schoolers! Nice. They’re like jealousy prodigies, my guy.But let’s talk about why they suck individually, k?Meg we basically covered. Her only traits are that she is in a bad relationship with a terrible (?) guy, which is something I am supposed to care about but absolutely do not, and that she is a LITERAL WITCH. SHE PRACTICES WITCHCRAFT. LIKE, WHAT? More on that later.Landon is really controlling and gross. Even though Sam broke up with him years before for being horrible, Landon’s still all jealous whenever Sam so much as makes eye contact with another dude. So messy and toxic!!! End that friendship, idiot!!!!And then the crown jewel of terribleness: Sam. Sam treats people like GARBAGE. But I’ll rant on that later, because that’s the entire plot of this book. He’s also so pretentious with his music taste and his dumb coffees and the way he talks. AND SO COCKY. He’s constantly talking about his writing, describing his stuff as “the most incredible stories” at one point. But lemme tell you, Sam tries to write quote-unquote song lyrics at one point, and it is NOT A FUN RIDE. (Those quasi-song lyrics later become Sammy's NYU application, and everyone raves over it. It took me so long to even THINK that people could ever possibly compliment that weird-ass collection of sentences that I didn't realize that was what they were throwing praise at until the end of the book.)We also get a bunch of love interests but they are all so boring. One, Gus, is French, and anytime he says ANYTHING the author tries to write it in this weird cliché French accent. Like, “I vill be taking zee bus.” I hated it. There’s also Jamie, who’s an obsessive doormat who spends his time painting birds, worshiping at Sam’s feet, and TAKING GUYS TO HIS DAD’S GRAVE ON A FIRST DATE. Plus Travis, who is gross and mean and like twenty something. In his free time, he harasses high schoolers, buys them alcohol, never cleans his apartment, and is constantly described by the movement of his tongue ring. (Even grosser than it sounds.) (I don’t want to talk about it.)This book was 350 pages of cringing.PLOTThe entire story of the book is founded upon this absolutely ridiculous thing, which is that Sam’s seventeen-year-old pal is a Wiccan who can “communicate” with ~The Goddess~ and do spells. I CAN’T WITH THAT. This is why I goddamn hate magical realism so frequently. That’s an unreal starting point for any book. Literally unreal. Get it? Anyway, if you can’t do it like The Night Circus, DON’T DO IT AT ALL. (Is that fair? No. But I recognize that, and I’m SAYING IT ANYWAY.)Okay. So the general plot to this story, which I think I have at this point started saying 1000 times but never gotten there. Here we go. Sam has “dated” “the” “only” “eligible” “gay” “boy” in his small-town school, so he f*cking has his friend cast a spell to get him a hot boyfriend using a list of traits the ideal guy has to have - the “Perfect Ten.” Bleh. (Even though the thing I put in an excess of quotes is so patently untrue that Sam is nonstop meeting young, hot gay guys for the rest of the book.)Anyway. Shocker - it’s not as simple as casting a creepy/suspicious/dumb spell! Poor little Sam actually gets THREE hot-ass guys, plus the leftover residue from an emotionally abusive relationship that should never have been allowed to become an equally controlling friendship “sexual” “tension” with Landon! Ughhhh. This book just follows Sam as he messes with the feelings of a bunch of different people, while judging those who don’t fully commit to him - i.e., those who are acting like he is. And we, as the audience, are just supposed to be pretty much okay with this. Here’s what Landon says to Sam, and what we’re supposed to believe: “Maybe [you were being an asshole]. Or maybe two really hot guys both wanted you and you had trouble deciding between them. [...] Which isn’t an asshole move. Maybe a horny teenage boy move, but not an asshole move.”Here’s the thing. The Venn diagram of “horny teenage boy move” and “asshole move” is a circle. Sam’s almost 18, as he reminds us and the older guy who is sexually harassing him. There’s no excuse for the way he treats people in this book. He ditches his friends, he rubs his suddenly-discovered hotness in their lonely rural faces, and when he discovers a cute lil guy, a wee babe who’s genuinely into him, he hooks up with another guy a bunch of times while leading him on. What the f*ck? Just because you’re a teenager doesn’t mean you have an excuse to treat the people around you like sh*t. Or be a cheater! No matter your age, you should know the two rules of America: 1) don't cheat on people and 2) snitches get stitches. These are the principles that founded this great nation.Another thing that sucks: When the tiny bean of a baby finds out his God, Sam, has been cheating on him, Landon says that it’s the tiny bean’s fault for not forgiving Sam. Even not for “fighting for” him. WHAT?! Always break up with the people who cheat on you! Sam doesn’t disagree - in fact, he blames the bean - Jamie - for the whole thing. HE SAYS IF JAMIE REALLY WAS HIS “PERFECT TEN,” THEN SAM WOULDN’T HAVE WANTED TO CHEAT. Blaming a fifteen-year-old for not being perfect?! Those, my friend, are the sentiments of an INSANE PERSON.Also, worst offense of all: That’s a boring ass plotline. Who caaaaares. It was so repetitive. Just makeouts and dates and the same settings and interactions for 350 pages. I could’ve written the most in-depth synopsis of this book in a handful of paragraphs.THESE PEOPLE ARE BAD FRIENDSI have, seriously, never read anything like the friendships in this book. They are so profoundly strange. Do people live like this? I pray they don’t. I can’t imagine.I’ve already mentioned a million jillion times how unhealthy it is that Landon and Sam are still friends. Landon, like, freezes up with sudden-onset depression whenever Sam mentions a guy, and tries to prevent him from interacting with any potential suitor, out of his own poor self image, or whatever. But when an older guy at a bar who they don’t know very well tries to take Sam home to his apartment ALONE after buying him drinks all night - knowing Sam is underage - MEG AND LANDON LET HIM GO. They spend the entire goddamn book policing his decisions (not what a friend should do), but when the essential stranger who has been sexually harassing him and plying him with illegal alcohol wants to take him home, they’re all like yeah, go for it.Sam is almost as bad of a friend to Meg. Dumb as it is - and it’s un-freaking-bearably dumb - Meg is the one who got all this success in romance for him. And not only does he rub it in her face, he constantly harasses her about her relationship not being up to his standards and calls her a b*tch when she calls him out on his hypocrisy. He really, truly sucks.They all just spend all this stupid time meddling in each other’s lives and trying to make decisions for each other, but they don’t do anything when it counts. Maybe because they only have TWO FRIENDS. Ugh. No one has relationships like this, right? Please tell me they don’t.DOES EVERY BOOK HAVE SLUT SHAMING NOW?!So. The main character of this book hooks up with three guys in the span of a couple weeks, and flirts with a few more. I’d be fine with that if he wasn’t cheating on someone for a bunch of those occurrences. But I’ve talked about.Here’s the thing. After all that, this book slut shames. And not even to that asshole! (Again, not the sluttiness that makes him an asshole.)When dumb Meg’s dumb boyfriend cheats on her, here’s Sam’s reaction:“‘Gillian Carlisle?’ I ask, incredulous. I knew Michael had no taste, but this is just ridiculous. ‘But she’s so slutty.’”I WANT TO SCREAM FROM THE ROOFTOPS. Just because she hooks up with people doesn’t mean she’s less than! And the hypocrisy of Sam saying that with such vitriol when he’s so much worse than she could be - messing with people’s feelings - is so profoundly f*cked. I’m so, so mad at this book. The whole thing was a test of my strength, but the last hundred pages made me want to die. AND NOW, IF YOU’LL ALLOW ME TO COMPLAIN ABOUT STUFF THAT DOESN’T MATTERHere’s what needs to stop: Authors calling characters funny when they aren’t. At. All. The most useless dialogue in this book is followed up by responses like “I laughed so hard at that I got tears in my eyes.” It’s upsetting. Where are my funny characters at? Maybe I’ll send out a recommendation request.Also, Sam applies for college and gets in, like, a few days later. I hate that. That’s so intensely not how it works.Bottom line: Like The Upside of Unrequited, this is getting a little extra for good representation, but I HATED READING THIS MORE THAN I HATE STUDYING. (To be fair, I don’t really hate studying.)

About Author

  1. The pen name for Laura Wettersten who lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, their adorable baby son, and their two neurotic dogs She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when she s not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases from Simon Schuster BFYR in 2014.


Perfect Ten Comment

  1. 1.25 5I received an ARC of this book through Penguin First to Read Thanks Okay, so This book isn t my thing When I applied for the copy, I thought it was just a contemporary look at the cute cover But alas, there s a good chunk of magical realism in there And you all know my relationship with magical realism It s that I hate it emmareadstoomuch.wordpressBut, like, that s not the reason I m rating it so low I m not pathological It s my own fault for doing the bare minimum of research before reque [...]

  2. 1.5 stars Aaaah I REALLY wanted to like this, but absolutely couldn t stand the characters They felt so fake Just absolutely unrealistic and unlikable They all irritated me to no extent and seemed like spoiled, privileged suburban kids especially the Wiccan friend And a lot of the story was focused on drinking sex in a way that seemed like a hollow cliche of what an adult thinks teens want to read And the main character was super shallow ok I ll stop now You get the point.I genuinely WANTED to l [...]

  3. With that cover and synopsis, I was expecting fun and fluffy What I got was drama, shady behavior, and possibly cheating depending on how you look at things What I loved The friendship between Sam, Landon, and Meg They re all so loyal to each other I loved the code words they used and the perfect support system People should be so lucky to have friends that will tell you you re being an ass while hugging you How open and comfortable Sam was in his sexuality He s been out for a while and it was r [...]

  4. My ship didn t sail, so this book was bittersweet for me I really enjoyed it, but The Love Interest is still my favorite queer novel Tee hee I ll publish a complete review once I overcome my book hangover 3

  5. Lordy that was cute as hell And what I really liked about it, which is surprising for me considering I kinda hate cheating love triangle etc situations, is how well I think the author handled the whole concept of not being ready as a teen to settle down It didn t feel like any of that stuff was done for dramatic effect or to make the plot move it felt like a real depiction of a queer teen finally having options to explore And I liked that it wasn t utterly predictable, either that s all I ll say [...]

  6. Sam Raines is tired of being single He dated the one other gay guy at his high school during their first year, but he s been alone since they broke up, and after two years, he s ready to find a new boyfriend But who, and where His best gal pal Meg, a Wiccan, has a suggestion Make a list of his top ten traits, then ask the Goddess for help And what do you know It works, as Sam meets three potentials in quick order Confident French exchange student Gus, sweet and artistic sopho Jamie, and super ma [...]

  7. Review I got nervous when I went to read this because I saw a bunch of not great reviews on I am so glad I still gave it a go because I thought it was cute and a really addicting read.Sam has been single for two years since breaking up with boyfriend, Landon, the only other eligible gay guy at his school In a desperate attempt to get out of his dry spell Sam lets his Wiccan best friend Meg perform a love spell to find someone with the ten traits he wants in a boyfriend When three guys seems to c [...]

  8. A cute story about a guy trying to find love He gets his best friend to do a love spell for him, in which he makes a Top Ten list of what he wants in a guy Bam His wish gets granted and then some Is he in lust with a cute French foreign exchange student That hot musician The shy artist Or is he still in love with his ex Okay, so I was voting against the French foreign exchange student I love accents of all kinds, but the book had this poor guy speaking like zis all ze time Nails on chalkboard I [...]

  9. The world needs books like this a teen romance about a boy looking for a boyfriend that is not a coming out story or a bullying story or a story where Sam s gayness is any big deal at all, but just a swoony summer read for anyone who s made wrong turns along the road to love.

  10. L Philips s PERFECT TEN is a fun romcom with echoes of David Levithan s BOY MEETS BOY A great beach read from this sparkling new voice in YA lit Buy it Read it.

  11. I received this book for review from Penguin First to Read In know way shape or form does that influence my opinion.This book is interesting in the sense that Sam, the main character makes a list of the ten things he is looking for in a boyfriend and his best friend Meg, who is a Wiccan performs a spell so that Sam will meet his perfect 10 After the spell, things get complicated in the most interesting way Because I am not a member of the LGBTQIA community and I m not sure about the rep, I still [...]

  12. Warning I m going to get very ranty, and ragey, and spoilery view spoiler Remember the Teen Witch movie Where Louise finds out she s a witch and uses her power for popularity, and to get her all time crush to fall in love with her That s kind of what this book reminds me off, or at least I kind of had this inkling that it was going to be like that That at the end the Main Character would have this moment of it s not love when it s done through magic, because is it love when you ve casted a spell [...]

  13. 3.5 Stars not gonna lie, when I started reading this I was sure I was going to hate it But I soldiered on and I m so glad I did All of the things I disliked about Sam and his list in the beginning were totally addressed as his character evolved throughout the novel Did some of this feel a bit cliched and contrived Sure But there were so many important topics discussed AND discussed in a manner that was thought provoking and authentic that I didn t mind one bit Definitely a happy and welcome surp [...]

  14. Is his Perfect Ten a unicorn A cute blend of magical realism, young adult rom com, and a look at the challenges of teenage relationships when they get complicated by expectations, PERFECT TEN, is really good.I struggled a little with the characters in this book and it took me most of it to figure out why They frustrated me because they were so well developed and thus, realistically flawed Sometimes I just really wanted to give Sam a good shake and tell him to well, I don t want to spoil anything [...]

  15. So cute and so fun The story never judges Sam for wanting to be young and explore his options but he still has a very satisfying journey to figuring out what he wants and how to be ready for it And of course, all his options are so lovable It s a rom com, so don t expect hyperrealism here, but if you want a feel good search for Mr Right then this is right on target.

  16. A Penguin First to Read ARC e book in exchange for an honest review.Cover love The cover got my attention and the synopsis made me think it would be a cute quick read.I liked the witty banter that the narrator had with the reader, and there were a few scenes that seemed genuine and caught my attention Overall though, the characters were just whiny dramatic kids The initial romance was too quick to start and too quick to fizzle out Maybe I just don t remember what it was like to be a teenager tha [...]

  17. Okay, this book is not perfect It s 4.5 stars round up for people acting like people cheating, skirting the line of cheating, being b llshit about being casual, even slut shaming These kids have a ton of issues, but they re the issues we all have, and they all come out the other end having learned lessons without slamming them home Which I appreciate.

  18. Zippy little romance about a guy s search for the perfect guy.This is a fluffy read and some fun moments, but I didn t like the main character s contradictions, particularly as they relate towards his best female friend He shames her into not smoking, but gets high all the time He shames her into not losing her virginity though he did it 2 years ago She s there to help him, but it s not reciprocated Also, he complains how his first boyfriend was jealous and he s basically two timing all the guys [...]

  19. a digital ARC was provided to me by the publisher through netgalley.DNF.i honestly don t know what the heck did i just read all these characters felt flat and too spoiled and stereotypical plus i already know where the story is going i mean, it s a loveSQUARE this book is just too much drama and i couldn t stand it.

  20. 2.5 5 stars This was an okay read I loved the ending and I really liked the Wicca aspect mostly because I ve always been interesting in that kinda stuff That being said the main character Sam frustrated me to no end He was whiny and kind of a jerk I don t think there was anything that really stood out to me in this book Overall it was all just kind of meh for me.

  21. I won an advance copy of Perfect Ten through the Giveaway with the hope of a review so here is mine I thoroughly enjoyed this book I read quite a lot of YA, and I think it is easy to forget how an actual 17 year old acts and thinks Many characters are presented as immature or older than their years Characters are rarely allowed to just be and Sam definitely delivers Sam has a clear voice and the story is presented through his point of view Sam knows he wants love and he s willing to take a chanc [...]

  22. What a great read this book was I found Sam Raines and his friends to be that rarest of things in a YA novel real They are in turns funny, infuriating, charming, alarming, and pretty much everything you hope to find in good characters Laura Philips skips the usual tropes when it comes to writing about a young, gay boy, trying to juggle friends, romance, and his future When the story begins, you think, okay, this is going to be a magic realism kind of thing I don t want to give too much away, but [...]

  23. This book is adorably cute It is the story of a one guy s search for his perfect unicorn i.e Perfect Ten hence the guy with the unicorn head on the cover So if you want a book that s sweet, fluffy with a dash of magic then this is the story for you.Perfect Ten isn t perfect as a book, the characters are could be rounded and stereotyping does happen but there was so much I enjoyed about the story and so much this book did well that I didn t mind For one thing Sam s unicorn search ends up with hi [...]

  24. I got an electronic ARC of Perfect 10 through First to Read The cover caught my eye and the promise of a hint of magic Initially, the voice didn t pull me in Something about seemed flat, though I can t quite pin point what it was I m not sure where, exactly, but somewhere along the line, that changed I had to finish the book before I went to sleep The romantic and sexual tension, the teenage drama, and the strong friendships made this book magical so than the hint of actual magic This may not h [...]

  25. I was super excited about this book when I first heard about it and I could not wait to read it I also really love the cover, I think it is really cute With that being said the story left a lot to be desired All the characters were annoying and seemed very shallow Then the romance part of it was dull too All the guys that Sam was with I felt like I ever really got to know any of them and I could care less who he ended up with at the end I was very disappointed in this book.

  26. Everything about the characters and plot was uninspiring and downright annoying And it s a bloated 350 pages of that with it s only redeeming quality at an attempt to diversify the voices in YA lit but I don t want these kind of voices on our shelves with practicing Wiccans and GLBTQ characters.Just no Once I lost it pretty quickly I read the last chapter and was glad I didn t waste my time.

  27. I found this book to be fun, cute, easy and quicka perfect palette cleanser if you will Don t even get me started on Jamie.what a cutie Thanks to Random House for the ARC

  28. DNF This novel had so much potential but after 200 pages I felt like the story wasn t giving me anything worth reading, especially with the love square triangle Haha no thanks, I like squares and triangles but only when they are written in a cutesy and entertaining way with the angst.

  29. You guys, you guy, you don t understand how upset I am You don t understand how sad I am If I weren t so sad, I d be mad But I m just so sad This book was on my most anticipated list of the year This book promised to be sweet and endearing, funny and poignant, and just downright good.Guys, guy, this book isn t good.I mean, this book is just a mess.And the first and biggest glaring issue with this book, is the main character Sam comes off as this hipster, arrogant, douchey little prick who seems [...]

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