Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
Simon Pulse, March 2008
Summary from Goodreads:
Kate Brown's life has gone downhill fast. Her father has quit his job to sell vitamins at the mall, and Kate is forced to work with him. Her best friend has become popular, and now she acts like Kate's invisible. And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest. Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them...
Another absolutely heart-wrenching novel from my favorite author! Poor Kate Brown--her best friend ignores her, her father quit his job to start selling vitamins at the mall, and she has to work with him. And even her name is forgettable! The only highlight in her day is the banter she has with hottie-but-such-a-player Will, who Kate loves to hate. Or does she hate to love him? Hmmm...
There were just so many things wrong in Kate's life that I constantly wanted to reach inside the book and just shake everyone! First of all, I completely understand hating your life and wanting to live your dream, like Kate's dad. BUT, there's something to be said for putting your dream on hold, oh, I don't know, until you're financial stable enough to pursue it? And what the hell kind of dream is selling informercial vitamins at the mall? He's a perpetual child, which is bad enough, but the fact that Kate's mom doesn't put her foot down is just horrendous. She creates this budget that they both agree to stick to, and then Dad buys a video game. Have a spine, woman! But Mom is afraid of turning into Grandma, who is all spine, all the time. There's definitely no happy medium in this household.
And Anna. What a beast. I get that she's the only best friend Kate's ever known, and I can only imagine how hurtful it is to know that your best friend pretends you don't exist. But! Then Anna wants to be friends again! But only when it's just Kate and Anna! Not in front of her popular friends! Will Kate ever realize that that Anna is NOT the kind of friend she needs?
There were many times during this novel that I wanted to shake Kate herself, and not just during the scenes with Anna. She spent the whole novel complaining about not having anyone, but not doing anything to change her situation. She doesn't reach out to attempt to make new friends, and can't stand the only friends she has, the three Jennifiers. The whole thing with Will was absolutely adorable. Everything Will did, Kate thought it was to tease her, when to the rest of us it was so obvious that he was totally into her.
I'm slowly working my way through all of Elizabeth Scott's novels, so I can savor each one. The woman has a talent for creating characters you love and putting those characters in unique situations. Perfect You is another example of Elizabeth's excellent work!
Enjoy your reading!