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Better Than Perfect

Book Review: Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Two months ago I met Melissa Kantor to sign my books. When she came here, I’ve only read Maybe One Day. It was a great book, it made me sob a bit. Let’s put it this way, it is somehow the same with The Fault in Our Stars, now you get the idea.

A few days ago I started and finished, Better than Perfect. I never thought I will be posting another review. Blame it on the book feels. Ugh. It was indeed a rollercoaster of emotions and gosh, this book review is not focused on the book itself but more of my thoughts about Declan Brennan.

”Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.”


After her dad left their family, her mom loses her mind to the extent of needing a medical hospital attention, I thought Juliet Newman’s perfect life will be ruined by just those 2 factors. But due to her stupidity, which is scrolling down her phone picking music to fill the silence in the car while on her way to Milltown Country Club to get some comfort from her best friend Sofia Taylor, she almost called her own death. Fortunately, Declan, who is a passenger in the van, offered to give her a hand driving to the parking lot. Here comes love triangle.

Declan’s kindness did not stop there, he rescued Juliet from the hot-headed parking lot man saying that she is with them in the band. In return, Juliet helped them carry their stuff and in the sound check. Later on, Declan, Sean and Juliet went to the beach to kill some time. Declan said nice things to Juliet- thanking her and complimenting her beautiful voice she just discovered- which seems not to be so friendly but flirty. They spent time on the beach, Juliet loses herself and she kissed Declan.

I really thought that within two weeks of Jason Robinson’s (Juliet’s boyfriend) vacation with his family, there’ll be a lot of changes in their relationship. I know it’s cliché to expect Juliet to break up with her 4-year boyfriend over a gorgeous and hot guitar player whom she met the night of her breakdown. This dude is culturally diverse, hello! Declan Brennan is an American guy who was born in London then lived in China for 7 years. Later she found out that he is in one of her classes. But then Declan seemed to be not that nice to her anymore since Sinead and him had a little talked to her at Bookers and he seemed so stubborn.

Like, Dude why do you have to act like you don’t care. You srsly have this thing for her. Being stubborn doesn’t work!!! Declan have the feels but he was hurt upon knowing the Juliet has a boyfriend.

And Juliet seems to have this thing for him, too. She was hurt knowing Declan and Willow are together and she cannot get him out of her head though she has Jason and she freaking needs to focus on her SATs and Harvard early action. And they had a moment other than the beach scene.

But later on, Declan wanted to settle things off. He broke up with his girlfriend, Willow.He knows that there is “something’ between them but Juliet is not into it. She is afraid Declan knowing what’s going on in her life. But he likes to know what they are.

Like, WTF! Juliet!!! Keep your mind straight! It is Declan over heeeeeeere! Gosh. 

At the end, Juliet and Jason broke up. And I thought it was where my feelings and emotions will escalate but I was wrong. No to high hopes. Ugh. Declan sorta gave Juliet a lesson about choices.

People make choices… That’s what life is. Making choices and living with them… well, it’s up to you.


if you think the whole time of my reading I was just ranting, which was not really my intention. I complained about Declan, because I thought there’ll be more scenes of him. That feeling I was growing my crush on him but then I only got a glimpse of him.

I enjoyed the story because I like Juliet’s character, maybe she is a total bitch to Declan but she admitted it. She accepts her flaws and she talks to herself and listens to her inner voice. The way she got used to being the perfect student, acing SATs and having academic titles. She finally learned how to have fun and she made a choice.

And then I thought that it wasn’t fair that at seventeen you could make choices that you might regret for the rest of your life because you really had no idea what you were doing and the stakes were just too high.

But the real ending of this book is up to us. We will choose what will happen next.


Thoughts about my second book review? Come on let us talk about books! xx

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