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Fake Perfect Me

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Isabella Reynolds seems to have it all the former Southern belle with big dreams is the head of her own skin care company and is the self-proclaimed queen of all things beautiful in New York City. Then her world comes crashing down, and she is stripped of everything she loves her man, the Italian litigator "Saint" Santo; her company, and even her beloved dog, Potato. With ...more
Paperback, New Edition, 334 pages
Published September 15th 2010 by Amazon
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I am really not seeing where all the 5 star reviews are coming from. Although there are many poignant self-realization moments, the character is too choppy and shallow for me to care about very much. The constant name brand dropping and extravagant lifestyle are somewhat obnoxious. I had high hopes for something as clever as a Celia Rivenbark or Karen McQuestion story, but it is falling flat (yes I am only half through it but may not finish. I rarely do that.) Then again, I am more of a Bud Ligh ...more
Isabella Reynolds can’t wait to leave her Southern home town to make it big in New York City. She finally believes she has, and is, the “perfect” everything, including the perfect boyfriend, her very own perfect company, the perfect dog, the perfect wardrobe and the perfect set of friends. But in a flash, she loses everything and must face the painful realities of her life that she has been hiding from. Can Isabella do this and still maintain her image of perfection?

Debut author Cari Kamm explo
Debut author Cari Kamm poses the question, "What is Fake Perfect?" in her debut novel Fake Perfect Me. Isabella Reynolds defines Fake Perfect in the New York City socialite world that she lives in. But, Kamm takes readers into deeper issues, such as low-self esteem and eating disorders. Having grown up in Greenwich, CT, I recognized the character of Isabella immediately. But, you don't have to live in or be exposed to any particular social arena, town or city to connect with this novel. Kamm tac ...more
Rea Sinfield
I am not going to review this book as I feel it would be unfair as I didn't finish it ( which is not like me) I read up to page 204 but I couldn't read on anymore. I didn't like the main character which is obviously one of the reasons this book didn't grip me. But hey this book as got some great 5 star reviews so it obviously just isn't my cup of tea, not everyone likes the same book xXx
I think it's quite spiritual that I finished her book the day she is doing a book signing in the city. I feel connected to this author although her character in many ways is so different from me.

I definitely recommend it for my single female friends in NY!
I could not get interested in the main character and the constant name brand mentions were so annoying. The lighthearted attitude toward eating disorders was particularly offensive. After about a quarter of the way through, I just deleted it from my Kindle.
Cari Kamm
Nov 16, 2010 Cari Kamm rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I read it at least 30 times.... I had to give it 5 stars :-)
Michelle Hammersley
Bravo Cari! Such a fun read! Can't wait for your next book!
I love reading books that surprise me with a fantastic underlying message and Fake Perfect Me by Cari Kamm was one of those books for me. I had a feeling I'd probably enjoy the novel but I had no idea that I would go on such a journey with Isabella and that was so great.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is a little strange but I hope others who read this had the same thought. Isabella is incredibly rich so she's able to eat at whatever restaurants she wants to eat at and sh
Fake Perfect Me is about how we want the world to see us. We create a fake persona about ourselves and never allowed the world to see us of who we really are. The character Isabella Reynolds wanted to be perfect that she lost herself. She has a successful company until she lost it. She has man's best friend (her dog Potatoes), until he passed away. She has the perfect boyfriend until she realized that he does not return her feeling and that she has forced herself to make the relationship works. ...more
I had to stop reading this for my own sanity. That being said, I do not understand how there are so many 3-5 star reviews of this book. I wonder what others are seeing in this insipid little story filled with the inner monologue of a spoiled socialite/rich girl who can't seem to get it together...wah, wah, wah...

It was just so unbelievable to me. From the ridiculous dinners the main character shares with her friend, to the dismissal of her psychiartic care...I just couldn't get into it at all. I


Isabella Reynolds has the perfect life ... or does she? Maybe there is a grand illusion to glamour. Fake Perfect Me is a glorious dance that will tickle your senses.

Isabella seems to have it all--the former Southern belle with big dreams is the head of her own skin care company and is the self-proclaimed queen of all things beautiful in New York City. Then her world comes crashing down, and she is stripped of everything she lov
Samantha Janning
I received a copy of Fake Perfect Me in exchange for an honest review.

I had a fabulous time reading this book. Isabella and I might not be anything alike, but she didn’t turn me off at all. I thought it was fascinating to read about her lifestyle choices. She was clearly a little lost, and even though from the outside it could seem she has it all, behind closed doors it’s a different story. She battles heavily with binging and purging, and it seemed so normal for her that it took me second to re
Erin Lynn
Per regulation, I must state that I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads/Giveaway program.

For now, I cannot finish this book. It is terribly boring, and even though it really seemed interesting, there is just too much to make me really want to focus and finish the rest.

Also, let it be known that there are trigger warnings in this book, and I think that many of the gruesome details made me put the book away. I hope to go back and re-read, but for now, it is shelved.

I hardly ever finish
truly awful. I kept reading in hope that the protagonist would find some sort of realization that she was a nitwit that was incredibly self absorbed. Nope.
Jen Tucker
Isabella Reynolds is not your typical, feel-good chick lit heroine. She is a raw character, that lives a life of looking perfect on the outside while deteriorating on the inside. Cari Kamm has crafted a beautifully gritty story of how life circumstances that eat away at us on the inside, always rise to the surface no matter how hard we try to suppress them. Wonderfully done, Cari!
I'm embarrassed to admit I read & finished this book. It was shallow and terrible. I didn't buy it, it was given to me for free and I read it because I ran out of books to read at the time. I'm only writing a review to make sure no one with a brain wastes their time on it like I did. It doesn't even deserve a star.
Abandoned. I kept waiting for something to happen to cause me to care about or like the character in the book. Nothing. My apologies to the author if I needed to read more to become engaged but I think I made it through about half of the book before I finally gave up on it.
Shelly Trotter

I found it hard at times to keep reading, self love or self hate such is life.
Loved it! Great summer read!
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I have worked in the beauty industry for over a decade, building brands, working behind the scenes, and even selling my own skin care line. I have a master’s in clinical nutrition from New York University. I currently work in corporate social media management with clients in the beauty, fashion, and restaurant industries. Living in New York City with my mutt Schmutz, I love finding inspiration in ...more
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“It felt good to scrub my skin, as if I was removing everything that felt dead about me. I was the "queen of skin care." Who knew that simply exfoliating my skin until raw (which I knew better than to do but now couldn't resist) would one day be what was left of my skin care regimen? My daily cleansing and moisturizing, weekly hydrating and purifying masks, along with monthly photo facials, glycolic peels, or microdermabrasion, was down to "super-scrub Saturdays." Pampering was a thing of the past. No more sunscreen applications to guard against the "UVAging" rays that were out to get me 365 days a year. No more weekly Epsom salts hot baths to detox my body, or lathering up with my favorite vanilla-scented moisturizing cream. No more applications of extra virgin olive oil to the ends of my hair to prevent splitting. I didn't even treat myself to my bedtime chamomile tea. All that had been replaced by a new nightly ritual of passing out on the bed, face down, which went against my cardinal rule of youth maintenance. Before the deep hollow pain was born inside me, I slept on my back, at the perfect thirty-degree angle to ensure proper circulation and prevention of any unnecessary creasing or wrinkling.” 2 likes
“To keep the ugly cry-face on lock down, I directed my attention to my polished gold Krugerrand coin, which hung against my chest by a thin, twisted gold chain and flashed against my black blouse. It was my Batman signal, alerting the universe that I was in crisis and in desperate need of being rescued immediately, if not sooner. The coin's weight was also a reminder of the reason I'd moved to Gotham City. After all, it was a result of my great-aunt and her one-ounce gold-coin collection that afforded me the opportunity of the life I was leading.” 1 likes
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