Title: Better Than Perfect
Author: Tricia Drammeh
Published Date: May 27th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
The best things in life are the least expected.
Twenty-three-year-old Karlie has few friends, no boyfriend, and no plans to graduate from college anytime in the immediate future. She spends her free time hanging out with her elderly next door neighbor, daydreaming but never doing anything to escape the endless cycle of predictability.
When Karlie’s world is invaded by two surly twins bound for criminal court, a too-good-to-be-true love interest, and a cute cop who keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, Karlie can either fight against the changes in her life, or embrace them.
When I saw this book on our page for review, the description caught my attention. I thought, now here’s a book that is sure to entertain me and captivate me. I was right that it did. I wanted to know more about the twins, about Karlie and her “relationship” with Kevin, about why the twins’ mother was the way she was. My attention was caught but there were times where I grew very frustrated with the characters and had to put it down. Other times I didn’t want to stop because that particular part was juicy.
So why only three stars? Well I technically give it three and half but we don’t have an option for that. But I gave the book that rating because I didn’t see a lot of depth in some of the characters and felt that they could have been better had there been more about them. Kevin, for example, starts out as a mysterious man for Karlie. She wants to know more about him and she’s smitten. What she does learn is that he wants for nothing since he’s a trust fund baby. He’s a year younger than she is, which I think hurt the book. The “relationship” between them didn’t feel genuine; it felt very clinical, especially when they have sex the first time. It was planned, not spontaneous. Kevin also seems to be a very cold character; he doesn’t understand family or friends and helping in times of need. All he wants is to be with Karlie, not the twins and not the grandmother.
Adam, the police officer you’ll see throughout the story, is a better developed character. He’s more nurturing and his feelings come across as more natural. Adam understands why Karlie wants to help Marita and the twins, Cole and Conner. He also doesn’t pressure Karlie into giving into what other people want; he simply tells her to do what she thinks is the right thing to do regardless of what others think. Adam is my favorite character in this book.
Karlie seems to have everything dumped on her at once. She handles a lot of it very well, but for a 23 year old woman who’s trying to make a life for herself, she also needed to be a little firmer in saying that she can’t do it all. She did look past her own issues to help Cole and Conner when they needed things and bought them clothes and school supplies. Karlie is a wonderful person, but I also felt that she was a doormat. She needed to tell Marita’s sister that she needed to help out, even if it was just to buy things for the boys because technically, Karlie is not their blood family. Karlie did grow a lot throughout the book and I was glad to see that, but I also wished to have seen her stand up a little more to the aunt. She told her sister off when she thought Karlie couldn’t handle the boys and I thought to myself yes, there’s some fire and spunk. Then it just fizzled out.
I believe that this book had potential but for me it just fell flat. There were some great things as I mentioned with Karlie and Adam, but also a lot of things that just didn’t feel like they fit the story. But don’t take my word for it; everyone reads things differently. Try it and see how you feel.
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