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Perfect Girl

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  427 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Cinderella meets Falling Down in this wickedly funny tale about having it all

Carol is perfect… at least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality she’s sinking fast – her family treats her like their personal assistant and her boyfriend is so busy with work that he’s got her single-handedly running their relationship. Not that her job is any easier. As the only woman on the
Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Notting Hill Press
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May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a lovely a easy book to read. Watching and cheering carol on in her journey. Some parts you could see coming but that didn’t spoil it at all.

The characters were well rounded and at times it was like having a cup of tea with your oldest friends, a sense of comfort and enjoyment.

I will definitely check out the authors other books.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Carol appears to be the perfect girl to the outside world, but behind closed doors things are quite different to what they seem. She has a great job as a business analyst within the banking world, but her hours are ridiculous and her boss treats her in the most condescending way. After Carol has created a new programme for the bank to use and she gets no credit for it, she comes close to having had enough. At the same time,
April Wood
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What’s It About?

Carol is perfect; perfect in everyone else’s eyes, except her own. Everyone expects a piece of her, and yet there are no more pieces to give. As a matter of fact, Carol is stretched so thin, she feels she is no longer “Carol shaped”.

Her mother expects her to find the perfect getaway for herself and Carol’s Dad, her sister expects her to plan the wedding of the century for her, (complete with silk hair flowers), her boyfriend is too busy for her, her best friend expects her to go
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Perfect Girl has an intriguing start where Carol is being put into a police car ....... then we go back six months to discover how and why.

Carol is 26, has never done anything naughty in her life and is proud of that fact! She tries to be perfect and please everyone because she believes her family count on her and, besides, she loves doing things for them. What's so wrong with that?

The problem is that Carol can't see that her sister is expecting her to make all the plans for her forthcoming wedd
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol is everyone's go to girl ... her sister, Marley, needs her to be a wedding planner, her best friend, Harriet, needs her to screen the men she meets on an on-line dating site, her parents need her to find the perfect place for a getaway they are planning, her boyfriend needs her to keep their relationship fresh and fun. Carol is perfect in everyone's eyes but her own.

Carol took over "doing" for her family when her mother went through cancer treatment. She wanted everyone to be okay and her
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Perfectly fun little chick-lit! This book started out a little slow but quickly recovered and turned very interesting! I know nothing about trading, buying and selling or insider information etc. but you don't really need to know anything. It was written so that you would enjoy it either way, and I did! What jerks Carol worked with! Wow I don't think I could have stood it like she did. What a trooper.
The author did a great job with character development. The jerks were certainly jerks and at fir
International Giveaway & Book Review: Bestselling author Michele Gorman is best known for her romantic comedies. If Perfect Girl is an example, then she also nails issues in a way that they’re much easier to examine. Did someone you know have the type of family that expected her to not just be smart but be perfect? Were you or someone you knew the one everyone called on to step up and do what no one else was willing to do? Being the good daughter is a mixed blessing at best. If you’ve been f ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for my honest review from the Author. I actually loved this book. I found the story to he funny, honest and heartfelt. One thing about Michele Gorman's books is they aren't just about the romance, they are actually about the main character who usually just happens to fall in love by the end of the book. I also like that Michele kinda makes you guess on who the main character will end up with. I laughed out loud in this book and also felt in my heart for Carol with her strugg ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads, to-review
Oh, too many relatable moments here to note. Living up to everyone else's idea of perfection is exhausting. And Carol's life explodes trying to do so. I swear I almost had a panic attack (okay, not really) trying to juggle all her tasks and people-pleasing.
Jules (Never enough time to read)
After about 40% I just wasn't enjoying the story. I couldn't connect with Carol the main character, she was a complete doormat in all areas of her life and I needed something positive to happen, I was hoping it would be a light hearted fun read and it was all just a bit sad.
Sherri Bryant
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Michele Gorman is one of my favorite authors in the chick-lit genre. Her stories and characters come alive with such bright, vibrant color, the reader feels a personal connection with the characters that is like being a participant in the story instead of a bystander.

I liked Carol immensely. She is easy to relate to with her intense desire to please everyone and though it bothered me how she is treated by the people in her life, she finds her courage and spine and comes out on top. In her shoes,
Jan Byrne
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funniest, sassyist author! Love all her books
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Best of her books so far. Carol really engaged me and I really enjoyed watching her personal growth. Yes. It is chick lit but it was a cut above.
Tracey Harrison
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story where Carol finds the strength to be herself and finally make herself happy
Emma Crowley
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are some books that languish in your T.B.R pile waiting to be read for ages and you’re not quite sure what it is that is putting you off reading them. Then when you finally take the plunge and read the book you are left thinking – what took me so long to get going with this? Perfect Girl by Michelle Gorman was one of those books for me. I had never read anything by this author before and to be honest I just expected the usual run of the mill chick lit, a story that was light and fluffy and ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Michele Gorman has quickly become one of those Chick Lit authors whose books I really look forward to. I enjoy everything she writes, and was quite excited to receive her new book Perfect Girl to review. Perfect Girl is actually a prequel to her Christmas novella Christmas Carol (which I read last year) and I would definitely recommend you read this one first, because of obvious spoilers in the novella. But, thankfully, I didn't know Perfect Girl was a prequel until afterwards so I was blissfull ...more
Annabel Krantz
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman in exchange for my honest opinion.

I’ve reviewed several of Michele Gorman’s novels this year (check out my reviews of The Curvy Girls Club and Single Girl in the City), and it definitely seems like she’s hit upon the secrets to successful chick lit. I’ve loved each book – and am pleasantly surprised to realise that the main characters have all been very different, and the story-lines unique. A traveller looking for the perfect career, a woman
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

If you have ever felt pulled in far too many directions, then you do not want to miss Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman. Heartfelt with (mostly) charming characters, this novel provides a humorous but realistic perspective that is sure to resonate with anyone who has found themselves overcommitted due to other people's expectations.

Carol Colbert is in her mid-twenties and while she is extremely likable, she lets everyone take advantage of her. With a high pressured job as an investment an
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
received an ecopy of this book from Notting Hill Press in exchange for an honest review which I am more than happy to give.

The cover should really have given the game way - 'girl on a tight rope, juggling balls'. That pretty much sums up Carol's life. She has so many balls in the air at any one time it was heart stopping reading when I actually thought about it.

The main character Carol was working in a male dominated job and quite clearly being took for granted by everyone close to her. Her boy
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have mixed thoughts on this book as there are some aspects that I loved and others that I didn't enjoy.

Firstly, what I loved, and the reason I bought the book in the first place, I could relate to Carol's work life. In many contemporary books that I have ready the female protagonist has a journalism/ writing career or something else creative such as photographer or artist. It's interesting to read about those professions but I honestly do get tired of reading about journalists sometimes. I rec
Rabid Readers Reviews
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I’ve reviewed two of Michele Gorman’s novels and enjoyed them thoroughly. “The Expat Diaries: Single in the City made Rabid Readers Best of 2014 List. As much as I enjoyed these two works by the talented Gorman, the same cannot be said for Perfect Girl. While technically Gorman’s writing is on point, as usual, the characters were a study in extremes.

I should preface this review by saying that the hit Fox show “New Girl” annoys the heck out of me. While the eccentric charm of Sophie Kinsella’s ch
kaz goodfellow
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. It was an easy read with a real feel good factor. I went on to read the sequel. I got so caught up in Carole's life. It was a great chick lit read!
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Michelle Gorman, but I am sure that it won't be the last one. I really enjoyed her style and the story was fast paced, full for drama and witty. Plus it was very interesting to see how the trading floor of a bank works. I totally pictured it like The Wolf of Wall Street movie, everyone shouting on the phone, making fun of each other, making dirty jokes... and in the middle of it all there was Carol, probably smarter than anyone else but belittled for being a ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you meet Carol you will know that she is a perfect girl. Carol is on service to everyone: her mother, her sister, Zoe-foreign student from Toulouse she lives six years with Carol’s parents, to her friend even to Ben, her boyfriend. She is so committed to help everyone that she doesn’t have time for herself. Her sister Marley will marries and she suppose to help her in preparation. She is working in bank and, like you think so, she is workaholic. Ben working much lately and doesn’t have time a ...more
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Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. - Winston Churchill

I have been a fan of Michele Gorman after reading THE EXPAT DIARIES: MISFORTUNE COOKIE. Gorman's books delve into the heroine's personal development with a side of romance. Gorman excels in PERFECT GIRL. The heroine, Carol, worked hard to become the "perfect" girl as a business analyst. Her efforts pay off with Green T, her program to spotlight emerging green energies seeking capital. Carol's newly engaged sister asks
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was really taken by the perfect characterisation the author achieved in this book. Every single character (even someone who literally appears for 5 minutes) is so vividly and precisely described. Carol, our main heroine in this novel, is a most astounding young woman. She is extremely feisty and career driven, but everyone seems to take her for granted. Her character goes on an immense journey throughout the whole book. Whereas I felt sorry for her in the beginning, I admired her strength, com ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Well, to say I'm disappointed doesn't quite cover it. The book back describing Cinderella meets Falling Down had me really excited. A romcom with dark humor is where my mind was when I was reading about it on my kindle. And honestly, though it was an accidental borrow, I was excited to read it.

But what I read as compared to what I was told the book was...entirely two different things.

Cinderella, I understood. Carol is Cindy, running around doing everything for everyone else...getting walked all
Christine P
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance review copy from the author for a honest review. Chapter one, occurring six months in the future, grabbed my interest: I was intrigued to find out what had happened to Carol in the meantime.
Carol tries to be the perfect girl to her boyfriend, Ben, and shows understanding to him working late and forgetting to put her first - as he is working on a big case and needs to focus. Her sister Marley needs help arranging her wedding; her parents very own foreign-exchange student Zo
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

Michele Gorman is the queen of light hearted, yet thoughtful books with female main characters that are just awesome. Carol is a daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend and co worker and in each of her roles she tries her darndest to do anything she can to make other's lives easier, even if it means giving of her own time and sanity. From pre-selecting dates for her best friend to helping her sister plan her wedding, she does it all.

From the beginning
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, Michele Gorman is one of my favorite chicklit authors! I was fortunate enough to get an advance reader copy of Perfect Girl from her to review. As usual, she doesn't disappoint. It was fun to get a look at the events leading up to her book Christmas Carol. It felt like catching up with old friends. Don't worry if you haven't read it before, this story carries itself and you'll have the pleasure of continuing on with Carol and her family when you do read it.
Being a people please
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“That’s the thing with the real world. It’s never going to be perfect, and I don’t have control over that. But I can control how I behave in it, and how I let things affect me. I can choose to be perfect in my own way without having to be perfect in everyone else’s eyes. Relying on other people to reflect my worth back to me is a fool’s errand.” 0 likes
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