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Perfectly Messy

(Effortless With You #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,171 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Popularity isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota's next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time toge
Published May 27th 2014 by Swoon Romance (first published May 1st 2014)
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Cassie Mae
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review***

Ah... the thing about sequels that I love is I'm already very attached to the characters. After reading Effortless with You I knew I'd fall in love all over again with Justin and Lucy.

This book differs from the first in several aspects, but is still beautifully written and character driven. In Perfectly Messy, we get to be in both Justin and Lucy's minds as they juggle their busy lives and their relationship. With Lucy returning to basketb
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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WOW I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK! I completely fell in love with Lucy and Justin in the first one and now there's a SECOND?!?!
description here are the two people everyone's talking about...LUCY AND JUSTIN

I am totally psyched to read this book! CAN'T WAIT!
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

It’s perfect. It’s messy. I loved it!

Lucy can’t believe she’s with Justin now. He’s everything she wants – he’s good-looking, sweet, popular and completely head-over heels in love with her. But popularity has its downfall, because our Justin has so much on his plate, I was surprised how he can juggle it all without blowing up. He loves his family, he loves Lucy, he loves basketball, he loves his business – he can’t give up anything, he didn’t want to disapp
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
I thoroughly enjoyed Effortless with You and fell in love with Lucy and Justin's story, so I couldn't wait to read Perfectly Messy and see how things worked out for these two. Effortless with You was a delightful treasure in a sea of YA books available, demonstrating the talented writing of debut author Lizzy Charles, and she further demonstrates her talent in Perfectly Messy, holding the reader captive as the story unfolds. Lucy and Justin have gone through some difficult situations and things ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Ok, what the heck just happened?
Seriously. What. I'm so confused. But in a good way. I think?
So this is the sequel to Effortless With You which I read yesterday. So I read the first half of this last night and finished the rest this morning. So the first half went on like your normal sequel, it was great. I liked seeing Justin and Lucy's relationship together. They were facing hurdles, but nothing too unexpected. And then about half way throug
Candy Smith
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was such an easy and enjoyable read filled with emotions. Lucy has the perfect boyfriend and a great start to her junior year in high school. However,their relationship is put to the test when Justin tries to be the perfect person he thinks he has to be for everyone,including Lucy. But no one can be perfect 24/7 and the balance of family,friends,school,and girlfriend brings Justin to his knees. Now he must figure out how to put everything into perspective before he looses everything.
I loved
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Tiffany's Review:
Sometimes parents don't realize the pressure they put on their children. Make good grades, don't get in trouble, be the best in your sport...the list is never ending. Sometimes children need to know that everything will not always be PERFECT...sometimes life will get MESSY!

Another great young love story!!! Justin is the son of a politician that is running for governor. Lucy comes from a family that has struggled with depression. When Lucy and Justin first start dating everythi
Anne OK
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
This is the second book (after Effortless With You), and love is put to the test this go round, getting a little messy indeed. Will Justin and Lucy pass the test and hang on to their newfound love?

Readers got only Lucy’s point of view in the first book. Now, we get POVs from both Justin and Lucy which I enjoyed so much more. There are things going on in each of their lives that benefit readers by getting into the minds of both lead characters. It really helps give depth and solidify the storylin
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed. I loved the first book in the series and this one was just okay. It was a little slow and boring enough times with not enough conflict to make it a great read. Decent though.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I love visiting with Justin and his Lady. This was a good follow up book.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The ending ticked me off since it was a abrupt but everything else... Just... Justin! <3 ...more
A.L. Mercier
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a rollercoaster that left me quickly turning page after page to see what was going to happen next. Book that grip me like that always make their way to my favorites shelf and Perfectly Messy is no exception. :)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just wonderful! I loved this so much!
Farzana hoosen
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
AHHHH i waited for this book sooo long, justin is just the best ever.You have to read the first book though to get a better understanding.Its worth the read.
Molly Lee
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
PERFECTLY MESSY, the sequel to EFFORTLESS WITH YOU by Lizzy Charles is a breath of fresh air in the contemporary young adult market. The characters are well rounded and extremely likable, jumping off the page so much you feel like they’re a part of your lives. Charles places these wonderful characters in real-life high-stress scenarios that would even make adults buckle, let alone the two teenage leads. Yet, these experiences define and shape who they are, and that is what is so beautiful about ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

The first book of the series was one of those special books last year that was subtle, sweet, emotional and made an impact on me, even though, I would have never expected it to and am quite confused even now as to why it touched me to that degree. At first glance, it’s was a simple and even somewhat of a typical book in the genre, but I thought it was a beyond lovely and as soon as I accidentally saw that it had a sequel, I was already digging in.

I was anticipating to see Lucy and Justin
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had so many mixed feelings going into this book! After falling in love with Lucy and Justin in Effortless With You, I really wanted more of their story. I wanted to see them as a couple. But, the blurb of this book made it clear that things were about to get rather bumpy for the couple and I wasn’t sure that was something I would like to read. In the end my curiosity (and the want of more of Lucy and Justin) won out and I’m so very glad I dec
I received a copy of this from the author for a review.

Before I started this book, I went back and reread Effortless With You, which was a genius idea on my part. It sped up my reading of this book and got me back into the mindset of Lucy. Plus, when you remember why they fell in love in the first place, it's easier to handle when love isn't quite going the way you think it should.

I really liked this book, but I didn't think it was as good as the last one. But it's so close. Hopefully, I can exp
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Psychocat Reads Review of PERFECTLY MESSY by Lizzy Charles

When I found out Lizzy had a sequel to EFFORTLESS WITH YOU releasing, I was thrilled. When the opportunity to join the release tour came up, I jumped at it. Once I started reading PERFECTLY MESSY, I was hard pressed to put it down.

The Book as Part of a Series: The beauty of a sequel is that, if you read the first book, you already know at least some of the characters. After falling in love with EFFORTLESS WITH YOU, I couldn't wait to jum
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Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Perfectly Messy is beyond sweet and full of emotion. This story it's simply "what happens after that beautifully happy ending".

Justin and Lucy struggle with finding tim
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, romance, ebook
For the majority of the book, I really wanted to kick Justin. I was so annoyed that he seemed so perfect in EWY but then he's so...well, not perfect in PM!! I guess that may have been the point and OH did he live up to that. At many times during the book, wanted to kick him for making stupid decisions lol. Guess it makes him more realistic. I find myself wanting to kick DH in the pants every now and then, too lol. That being said, I still swooned just as much with some of those lines that come o ...more
Shayna Varadeaux
As if this couldn't get more intense and interesting this book kicks it up a notch!

Lucy and Justin are getting along famously when the spit hits the fan. Life smashes into the young couple and things spin way out of control. Talk about a test of love!

What Lucy and Justin go through is epic and it leaves you speed reading to find out what happens next. The supporting characters shine in this book as friends and family come together, clash and collide in this emotionally charged rollercoaster rid
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfectly Messy is Lizzy Charles' sequel to Effortless With You the follow up to Lucy's and Justin's love story. Perfectly Messy was a great read and I highly recommend it giving it 4.5 stars.

**Might contain Spoilers**

Where the first book was written from Lucy's POV this book alternates POV from Justin and Lucy and it is interesting to see and feel what Justin is going through as well as Lucy, even though at times it broke my heart for all the anguish they must endure to get to their HEA. I'm gl
Three Chicks
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Perfectly Messy is a great follow up to Effortless with You. Lucy and Justin are in love and loving being together. Justin's dad is running for governor and there are pressures on him to attend fund raisers, make appearances and even to appear as a single, eligible guy on a new reality show. (this last one is at the insistence of a manipulative campaign manager)
They are getting to spend less and less time together. Lucy is finally getting her old groove back, playing basketball and making new f
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, sweetest ending to the sweetest series I have ever read. Lucy's life has turned around since EWY. Her relationship with her family is better, she's got the perfect boyfriend, and only the occasional jealous girl is mean to her at school. But she and Justin are not in the clear yet. His dad is in a position of power and public speculation. Such is the world of politics.

When Justin refuses to sell out for his father's campaign, things get dirty. Questionable photos are leaked to the pr
Kayla Betts
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any teens
I have to start by saying I love this book! I think I even like it more than the first! I totally fell in love with the characters in the first book and I love the fact that I was able to experience the two high school students face the challenges in their lives in the second book.

Lucy: It was amazing to read more about Lucy. She not only learned to overcome her fear and do what she loves but do it for the right reason.

Justin: I thought it was awesome that we got to learn more about Justin in th
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first one..

I thought I'll have a book full of fun and teasing. I didn't. It was a little too sweet and farytale-ish how Justin treated her. And seriously these sentences that sometimes escaped his mouth were just cheesy and lame.
Although this book showed really good how politics and publicity can ruin a family and a love.
There were some mistakes like Alex ex-girl was Sally in the first book and now she is Suzy. Also first green car then red, Lucy's dad also has too names. An
Snow White
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can't give my opinion without spoiler.
The characters seems real.
I am Lizzy Charles' fans now.

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Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect sequel.
Second parts are always tricky, especially if the first part didnt end in cliffhanger and everything felt like there was a closure, because that means writing a new plot that might change/ruined the first one. But that is not the case with perfectly messy. All the characters got a chance at growing, to make mistakes, lose and find themselves in a natural way. Nothing felt foreced or written for shock value and this time we get to be inside justin's head and read him through his p
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Perfectly Messy continues this bittersweet love story of Justin and Lucy. Lucy is now back on the Basketball Team as Co-Captain and Justin is having to spend more and more time away schmoozing for his father’s political campaigns. Their fledgling relationship has to deal with a lot of outside conflict with the pressure of his parent’s ambitions bearing down on their own wants until Justin makes a rash decision that affects them both detrimentally. Luckily Justin sees sense in the end and stands ...more
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When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in l ...more

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