by Jennifer Echols
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Publication Date: January 13th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. 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 after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all? (Goodreads)
Perfect Couple picks up just a few days after Biggest Flirt leaves off, but it’s a whole new set of characters this time around. Harper is a senior, and photographer for the high school yearbook. Brody is the star quarterback of the high school football team, who Harper has had a crush on for forever. When they are paired as ‘The Perfect Couple that Never Was’ for the high school yearbook, and at the insistence of her best friends, Harper decides to find out if the school is right about their choices.
I found Harper to be a relatable character because she was a self-proclaimed introvert, much like me, who needed her quiet time away from people every so often. Also, she loves photography and that’s another of my most favorite hobbies. I felt a connection to her because of this. There were a few things in the novel that she did that kind of drove me crazy, but otherwise she was a likeable character. I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the novel, and to go after what she wanted in life. And to go after Brody, who is the love interest in the novel. Brody is oh-so-swoonworthy, but not without issues of his own. While they didn’t get off to the best start, it was interesting to watch their relationship grow. I really liked Brody. Ms. Echols’ has a knack for writing really adorable male characters.
The storyline for the book followed along the same line as the previous book. The story was a super quick and fun to read, but it also dealt with a lot of the issues that teens face today, like sex and peer pressure. I liked that the book had different main characters, but we also get to see the characters from the previous book as well. I enjoyed seeing them all again. Also, I loved the photography aspects in the book, it helped me to connect with the story even more.
Overall; Perfect Couple was another charming addition to The Superlatives series. I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen in the next book between Kaye and Sawyer!