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Present Perfect By Alison G. Bailey

Synopsis 
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Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah. 

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn’t allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them…but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend? 

Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen

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Noah
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Amanda a.k.a Tweet

Exert from the book

I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant. 

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it. 

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.

Personal Thoughts 

This is one of the saddest books I have read. This girl is in Love with her best friend, but her view of herself is so low, that she is unable to accept his help and affection. 

How low can one person go, before everything just falls apart. My heart broke at ever turn. A girl that could feel she can never measure up to an unreachable standard. Her grades, her looks, her abilities in life. Then the turning point. The Cancer. I cried so many times, I think my husband thought something was wrong with me. My heart kept breaking and my throat was chocked up. It is such a powerful part in the book. Danton was great comic relef during the dark parts of the book. 

As a teenage girl, you trust those around you; your parents, teachers, your friends. Amanda (Tweet) trusted Noah with her heart and her girl friends too. No matter what, she always fell apart. One thing that broke my heart was the amount of times she kept pushing Noah away. A boy can only be pushed so many times before he moves on to someone else. 

The epiphany moment for Amanda about herself, “No i wasn’t perfect and never would be, but that’s fine. There are more important things in life than chasing after this myth of perfection. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder. I had wasted enough time trying to control things in my life and it was exhausting. The only thing I could control as myself. If i put myself out there and got hurt, then I got hurt. At least I won’t be living with regret.”

I love the growth I see in Amanda that evolves throughout the book. It is powerful and honest. She doesn’t allow herself to be happy, because she is so used to being compared to her elder sister. Noah is the best. I mean he stood by her and never truly gave up, regardless of their falling out for a time.

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Due to the Cancer. Amanda has to lose one of her legs. She gets a prosthetic leg.
If there is ANY YA/NA Book you should read. THIS IS IT! The book is honest, raw, bitter sweet, and amazing! I encourage everyone that loves this genre to read it. 

Parental Info

Active language, active intercourse, death, cancer, depression
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