This dual perspective book is the final installment in The Perfect Series.
Jayden Valdez is an overachieving intellectual. Mike McGinnes is Franklin High School’s dumbest jock. Even though they barely know each other, she finds his personality repulsive and he thinks she’s got a giant stick up her you know what.
Mike and Jayden are surprised and annoyed when their teacher pairs them together for Spanish tutoring. Both feel it’s a complete waste of time, since nobody could learn from a person who bugs the crap out of them. Not to mention that their reputations might be ruined if people realize what they’re doing.
But it doesn’t take long for Jayden to discover that Mike has a secret—he isn’t the person he appears to be. Much to her dismay, Jayden finds ‘Secret Mike’ strangely attractive. And for some crazy reason, Mike is amused by Jayden’s clever insults and witty banter. Suddenly, they have a much bigger problem than their mutual disdain. What started as irritating tension is beginning to feel more like romantic tension and acting on it would be a very bad idea.
Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels. While part of a series, each book can be enjoyed independently. It contains minor language, innuendo, crude humor, kissing, and conversations that mention sex. There are no sexual relationships, written or implied, and there’s no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
This was a bit of a detour from what I normally read but I actually enjoyed it. This is definitely a “high school” story…focusing on teenagers and their day to day issues. It really took me back to the days of being extremely self-conscious of what my peers thought of me and even reminded me of my days of being tutored in Spanish.
The story had some moments that I, (as a 37 year old mom) found a bit annoying…Mike’s posing and trying to act like someone he wasn’t was a bit much at times but the moments of seeing who he really was were sweet and endearing.
The romance that develops feels very natural and not forced. It was super sweet and again took me back to those days of liking a boy.
My only major issue was the content could be inappropriate at times…some phrases and words were used that I don’t approve of in my home.
Overall, I think this would be a good story for older teens (16 and up) who enjoy romance/contemporary stories.
I received this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.