The Perfect Guy is the third reissue of this novel that was first published in 1989 and then again in 2005. In 2013 it was reissued as an ebook. This story might not appeal to readers who are in late teens and above due to its simplistic writing, but I highly recommend it for readers between 12 and 14 years of age.
This is a light, clean YA story that revolves around the theme that not everything that a person wants is what we need and what we do need is sometimes closer than we think. There are no major dramas or angst in this story and all issues are resolved in nice and simple way. Characters are well written and interesting. I did not call them likable, because not all of them are. I found Rebecca’s stepfather annoying and bossy and he put so much pressure on his son, Pres. Furthermore, not going into spoiler territory, I did not like the way Rebecca’s best friend Celeste acted and especially I did not liked her insincerity. Due to that I also did not like the way the problem resolution between Rebecca and Celeste.
On the other hand I found Josh and Rebecca very nice characters. Josh is charming, funny, good friend and he has a big heart. Rebecca’s is a naïve, honest girl who likes to daydream. Her character is the is the most developed one, which is no surprise, since the story is written from her POV. I think that the author did a good job in transforming her from sheltered girl who was walking in the clouds to creative, proactive young girl who learned some valuable lessons along the way.
All in all this was fun read, that I highly recommend to girls in late ‘tweens and early teens.
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