- Title: Perfect Little Flaws
- Author: Jennifer Ann Shore
- Publisher: Self Published on June 22, 2021
- Genre: Young Adult Romance
- Pages: 256
- Available Formats: Paperback and Kindle editions
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Death, Emotional Abuse, Adult Predator
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Perfect Little Flaws Blurb
It’s impossible to ignore Vince Novak.
He’s all anyone can talk about—speculating on the reason for his transfer to our school, celebrating his future career as a soccer star, or gushing over how tall, dark, and handsome he is.
Even my parents mention him in hushed, angry whispers, fearful he’s going to shatter my brother’s records and destroy the legacy left behind when he died.
However, I avoid Vince Novak at all costs, hiding from him and the rest of the world behind my camera lens. But my best laid plans—and photos—are nearly ruined when my tangible disinterest in his existence intrigues him.
The more time we spend together, the more his little flaws peek out beneath the layers of perfection and break down the walls I’ve built around my heart.Amazon
Jennifer Ann Shore writes some of the best high school romances I’ve ever read. She does it again in her newest novel, Perfect Little Flaws. I loved The Stillness Before the Start so much I had a book hangover for a month. So, getting to read about old favorites from that book made my day even more special. I started reading right before bed, thinking I could read until I fell asleep. Well, I finished it before sleep found me. I couldn’t put it down.
Maren Montgomery finds herself ignored and belittled by her parents. Maren was a star soccer player who gave it up after the death of her brother. Instead, she turned to photography as an escape from the world. Maren’s passion for being behind the lens is unacceptable to her parents. They think it is a mere hobby that she needs to overcome to get back on the field. When Vince arrives, Her world turns upside-down. Vince takes an immediate interest in her, much to Maren’s dismay. After some time, Maren’s walls start coming down, and she feels like she is part of the world again.
Maren is the sweetest girl. Her world shattered to bits when her brother died in a freak accident. Watching her work through her grief made my heart swell. I won’t lie. I shed a lot of tears while reading this novel. I love how Vince’s kind-hearted influence helped Maren work through her pain. Though, it turns out that Vince has his own share of heartache. As Vince and Maren get closer, they help each other. Together these two are sweet as sugar.
The secondary characters are as wonderful as Maren and Vince. Andy is Maren’s best friend and only confidant. Andy has a bold personality that hides his fear from the world. His boyfriend Michael is smart and sees all the small details about the world around him. Maren’s Uncle Eric loves her so much. Maren’s parents rejected him after the death, so Eric turns into himself and allows Maren to grow away from him. When their relationship rekindles, it was like the world righted itself. She finally had an adult who cared about her.
Unfortunately, Maren’s art teacher, one of her favorite people, turned out to be a predator. I had a bad feeling about him from the beginning. Maren’s intense vulnerability made it easy for him to groom her. Luckily, when this derelict person made his move, she was in a public place that allowed her to get away. I wish that Maren didn’t hold her abuse inside. Telling someone right away and having him punished would be the perfect way to deal with him.
This emotional novel put me through my paces. But, this emotion just proved how connected to these characters I was. I award Perfect Little Flaws a full 5 out of 5 stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage other adults to read this tome. The audience of high schoolers will love this book. However, living the teenage experience will help you feel closer to the young people in your life.
See my review for Stillness Before the Start, also by Jennifer Ann Shore.
About the Author – Jennifer Ann Shore
Jennifer Ann Shore is a writer and an Amazon bestselling author based in Seattle, Washington.
She has written multiple fiction novels, including “New Wave,” a young adult dystopian, and “The Extended Summer of Anna and Jeremy,” a young adult romance.
In her decade of working in journalism, marketing, and book publishing, she has won numerous awards for her work from companies such as Hearst and SIIA.
Great review. I like how you suggested adults read this also, I think we forget what it’s like to be a kid sometimes. Thanks.
Thank you so much. Forgetting makes me love YA. It’s a great reminder. ❤️