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Halfway Perfect

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.

Eve's time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she's determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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Julie Cross is one of my go-to writers when I'm in need for a fabulous new adult romance, so when I found out that she had another book coming out (a collaboration--so awesome), I immediately added it to my wishlist. And I'm happy to announce that Halfway Perfect did not disappoint!

First off, let us begin with the most fabulous thing this book has to offer: the romance.  There was no insta-love. *cheers*  When Eve and Alex first met, they were dr
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

What Julie Cross and Mark Perini offer us is a gritty and wide-eyes worthy incursion into the modeling world, and for that fact alone, Halfway Perfect is worth reading in my opinion.

Truth be told, I never thought that the modeling world was that great. Guess what? It seems that I was right. A book about what hides behind glitter and glamour written in collaboration with a former model? I'll take that. Of course I googled the guy - because hey, if I struggle to remember the names of actors from
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2015-releases
Wow. I didn't expect this book to be terribly dark and gritty. This book will show you all kinds of the wrong things happening in the fashion/modeling industry and it will make you even wish you just didn't look behind the camera.

Also, I can't remember a time where I wanted to punch the antagonist so hard like I did here. And I think that's saying something because I'm actually not a violent person.

Full review will be posted on HER BOOK THOUGHTS.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Went into this with my guard up, but was still excited about it. Most NA I've tried in the past has either bored me, pissed me off, or both.

I was pleasantly surprised by this... a thing I've about a few books lately but not any less true here.
Eve I was drawn to right away. I admired her for doing the best she can to make something of her life, and not letting what happened set her spiraling down with no way out.

Alex was a cocky guy in some aspects but also sweet... he's a family guy and would
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars.

Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

Eve Castle was an up-and-coming supermodel at the tender age of 15, but on the eve (haha) of gaining a major campaign, she suddenly quits modeling and disappears. The press say she was in drug rehab, but what no one knows is that Eve had a secret affair with her much older agent, Wes Danes. Now Eve is back in the city, following her dream of being a photographer, and she ends up
A sweet, cute and heartfelt story about two people following their dreams while trying find themselves and figure out what’s most important in life in an environment where the top priority is appearances.

It’s rare that I pick up a Young Adult book, but the moment I saw Julie Cross’ name on the cover it was impossible for me not to pick it up. I’ve only read one of her books, Third Degree, but I completely fell for the super smart, socially awkward girl and the incredibly sweet and protectiv
Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library


Halfway Perfect is a sweet love story between an ex-upcoming-superstar-model-turned-photography student and a Calvin Klein underwear model who is more than he appears, and the conflicts that arise when the underwear model has to fake date a fourteen year old future superstar.


I don’t know much about modelling. The extent of my modelling knowledge comes from Zoolander and the time I binged watched half a season of Americ
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Halfway Perfect is a young adult novel by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. It is about the not so pretty underside of the modeling world. I loved that Julie Cross paired up with a model turned writer to collaborate on this book. I thought that both Julie Cross and Mark Perini did an excellent job. I felt like I was at the castings with Eve, Elana and Alex. And while this book was darker than I initially thought it w
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own, 2015-release
TRIGGER WARNING for mental AND physical abuse

This is very hard for me to rate. I think that overall this is an important story and one that should be told. However, I don't agree with some things. I think I'm going to settle for a 2.5 Stars.

This book deals with the modeling industry. In particular when it comes to photoshoots for commercials e.g. magazines and billboards etc. The story focusses a lot on the negative sides of modelling. It follows two perspectives of models who have been in the i
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book better than I thought I would. It got interesting when we found out the truth about Eve. Thankfully Alex was there for her. Too bad they couldn't change Elana's choices. ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rev-on-amazon
Julie Cross did it again! What a phenomenal read. Halfway Perfect was amazing, and definitely surpassed my expectations. I was completely hooked from the beginning until the end. From the characters to the plot to the surprises to the setting, everything was amazing. Also, kudos to her co-author, Mark Perini. I never would have guessed that Halfway Perfect was written by two authors. All of the transitions were flawless, and definitely gave me some good tips for the book that I’m currently co-wr ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Julie Cross has once again written a beautiful book that is equally touching and swoon worthy. In Halfway Perfect, Julie Cross has teamed with Mark Perini whose writing style and experience in the fashion industry brings an honesty to the characters and a depth to the story.

Eve walked away from a successful and expanding career as a model and was determined never to look back. But an opportunity to study under a great photographer leads Eve straight back into the world of fashion. There is she
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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"Halfway Perfect" gave me an in depth look at an industry I normally wouldn't think much about. Of course I've heard of the pressures that models face, but most of the focus has been on weight, and occasionally age, at least in the stories I've read. I really liked that this book brought attention to a completely different side of the industry, the side where young girls, chil
The Cover Contessa
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I want to thank Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I will say that I am a huge fan of Julie Cross and will read anything she chooses to write. And I love that she can write in multiple genres and sub-genres! So when she teamed up with Mark Perini to write this book, I knew I wanted to read it!

I have no clue about the modeling world. I only know what I've seen on TV and read in maga
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am majorly delinquent on my review of Halfway Perfect. I was lucky enough to read this one early (like manuscript early), and I have been waiting what seems like ages for it to be finally out so I can finally shove it in the hands of everyone I can. I absolutely love the story Julie Cross and Mark Perini have spun, and I cannot wait for the sequel as well!

I love Eve's determination. She was such an inspiring character, and I want there to be more gals like her in literature. Halfway Perfect s
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A young adult novel that I received from a book expo. There was a decent storyline of a female model turned Ivy League college student and an up and coming male model. In addition to the love interest there was insight into the politics of the modeling world and your 15 minutes of fame along with inappropriate relationships with minors. The book was easy-going told in the viewpoint of the two main characters and chapters that give chronological data time events. Fun and light reading.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it

Alex's arms go around me, and my face is buried in his shirt, and my life is rewinding itself inside my head and showing me colors I've never seen before and none of it is pleasant. It's so ugly I feel sick to my stomach and completely unable to draw in enough air to my lungs.


Halfway Perfect is a sweet contemporary romance that is perfect for those who are looking to get out of a reading slump or bookish hangover. While introduc
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

I received a copy from Sourcebooks (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

In Halfway Perfect Julie Cross joins forces with male model and author, Mark Perini, to produce an honest, and at times dark, look into the world of modelling and the fashion industry.

Eve left her career as a fashion model under a huge cloud and a lot of secrecy. She has spent the last few years trying to move on and dreams of becoming a photographer. When the chance to work with a hugely respected photographer
One time model, Eve, is rebuilding her life. Now a student at a University, Eve gets the opportunity to interview a world famous photographer. Unfortunately, she gets recognized by one of the models on the set. Alex is willing to keep Eve's secret and he can't help have his interest peaked as to why Eve walked away from her booming career at sixteen.

Eve, had her reasons and one person she wanted to stay away from, her former agent Wes Danes. Eve is able to get an apprenticeship and it puts her i
Read InAGarden
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Eve was a teenage model and left the modeling industry after being taken advantage of by her agent, Wes. This relationship lefter her scarred and fearful but now in college she is thrust back into the industry interning as a photographers assistant and trying for a scholarship. Eve has strong reservations about returning to the modeling world even on the edges until she meets Alex and a new young model both of whom are being watched over by Wes. As she starts falling for Alex she also feels conc ...more
A Canadian Girl
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, sourcebooks, 2015
I normally avoid reading New Adult books because I find that the plot usually involves a lot of drama and/or is sacrificed in favour of romance – or sex scenes. Imagine my surprise then when Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini, a book I requested for review, turned out to be a NA novel.

Thankfully, Halfway Perfect doesn’t have too much drama because Eve and Alex were pretty open with each other and knew right from the start that if they decided to have a relationship, it would have to
Jess (the cozy reader)
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Big thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for an ARC copy for review.

Julie Cross and Mark Perini make a great writing team with Halfway Perfect. It has everything from photography, fashion, the not so pretty side of modeling, and a sweet romance, which made for an engaging YA novel.

This has a double perspective of both Eve and Alex. While I enjoyed both voices of the characters, but there were certain times where I felt the story was dragging just little. Other than that it was quite the
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
An interesting read. A good reminder to keep your family happy & supportive. Learn something new in the modeling industry. Won't look at another ad the same way again hehe Detailed review at ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
A cute, quick read about following your dreams and finding love along the way.
Aug 25, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
Just too "teeny" for me. Sometimes YA works and sometimes it doesn't. ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

Once again, a book by Julie Cross has made me laugh, cry, gasp and ponder my life within a span of 100 pages. I've had the hugest girl crush on her since I read "Letters to Nowhere," and my appreciation for her elevated after "Whatever Life Throws at You." I'm even a proud member of her Street Team (obligatory disclaimer: my role in her street team does not influence my opinion of her writing in any way)!

"Halfway Perfect" contains all the usual ingredients that make up a typical Julie Cross c

May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm sad I read these companion books out of order. I wish I'd found this one first but I loved them both.

This is Alex and Eve's story. Eve is a breakthrough model from years ago. She hit the scene very early and then abruptly left. Alex is new to the world. And he's the current latest and greatest guy wading through modeling's ugly waters.

Eve is brought back to modeling with her love of photography and a teacher in college with connections.

I like that Eve wasn't all good and light and sunshine
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Things I liked:
Well written.
I enjoyed all of the characters and their development within the story.
I liked that Eve was both strong and weak—it seemed that the author tried to highlight this with most of the main characters. It was intriguing and a good balance.
I really liked some of the sub-characters like Finley (and she has her own story!), Steph, and Alex’ brothers.
I really liked that the male protagonist was written by a man and the female by a woman—yet the transitions between v
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Eve Nowakowski left the modeling world behind many years ago. Now, as she pursues a career behind the camera, she is thrown back into the world she avoided for so long. But she doesn’t have a choice if she wants to impress a world-class photographer and if she happens to see people she’d rather not, so be it. Enter model Alex Evans, who is gaining recognition and climbing the ranks. For that to continue, he must maintain a fake rela
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more!


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