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You Asked for Perfect

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard - really hard - to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will pres
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
It was really, really, weird reading a book about the stress of applying to college your senior year only a month after getting into college... my senior year.
"I think of all my classmates, bent over textbooks, shoulders strained under heavy backpacks, eyes hooded from lack of sleep. We’re all in it together, whether we want to be or not."

You Asked For Perfect follows Ariel, a bisexual Jewish boy trying to become class valedictorian and later get into Harvard. BUT: his best friend Sook want
chandler ainsley ♕
no, i asked to feel something

and sadly with this book i didn't feel much. what is it with me reading about guys with mental illness and no character development... i'm just a glutton for punishment.

this book was about ariel who is in his senior year of high school. he's criminally over invested in school and being the perfect student, that he isn't able to really be GOOD at any of it. his relationships with friends, boyfriend, family go up and down throughout the story has he tries to grapple wi
julianna ➹
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with anxiety!
me after looking at the cover: wow, amazing
me after looking at the synopsis: wow, amazing
me after reading this book: wow, amazing

I know you’ll be hearing this from every single review ever, but god this book was so freaking relatable. I constantly and always feel the pressure of academics and school and college; the difference is that I’m not succeeding as much as he is. *sighs in failure*

This made me feel so, so much anxiety about school that I honestly had to put it down for a couple of weeks
Lily ☁️
It’s actually sad how much Ariel’s anxiety and stressing out about school, exams, and assignments is a Mood for me.

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Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia, young-adult
This book felt like an anthem for stressed out high school kids. I was in a trance, because it felt SO? REAL? And so important??? Because the pressure to be perfect academically is very relevant and *holds out arm* I had goosebumps and everything.

~bisexual protagonist (HE IS SO CUTE WITH AMIR KDJFS)
~Jewish rep (lots of details and imagery and matzo ball soup)
~Cedric Diggory/Harry Potter rep (there are no words for the joy I felt)

Ariel is a senior in high school, doing all the stuff to get into H
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
💘 It's so fucking relatable. I was (still am?) Ariel, and I empathized so hard with his academic and time-related struggles.
💘 This book wins at diversity. The characters are of different races, religions, and sexualities.
💘 The friend- and family- relationships went through so much development and I reveled in it all.
💘 There's a loooot of Harry Potter references if you're into that. 😉

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Mar 07, 2018 marked it as expected
As someone who dropped out of college to preserve my (mental) health and happiness I am so incredibly glad we'll get a book about perfectionism and academic pressure 😭💕

also OH MY GOD why have i never mentioned this cover before i am blown away. can we please? i just want to read this book already. please
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.25/5 stars

I loved this book so much. The story it tells is one that I think many students can relate to. This book deals with the pressure people feel to always do a good job in school and to always be the best. Ariel, the main character, is trying to juggle his life and the huge amount of workload the school is putting on him. Having lots of extracurricular activities and being in AP classes se
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review*

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders

Hello this is my love letter so Laura Silverman’s books and how their softness never disappoints. Way back when, I read Girl out of Water and absolutely fell in love with it and the author’s writing, and knew that no matter what she writes next I will gobble and love and I WAS RIGHT, You Asked for Perfect did not disappoint. This book made my heart so fu
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After thoroughly enjoying Laura Silverman’s debut, Girl Out of Water, and after chatting with her at a couple book events here in Atlanta, I knew I would pick up anything she published next. And, friends, I’m happy to report that You Asked for Perfect did not disappoint!

In You Asked for Perfect, we follow high school senior Ariel Stone, the golden boy at the top
Mar 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
I SWEAR that I was thinking that we need a story with this exact synopsis and I find this in the same damn day!!!

If that is not a sign, then I don't know what is!
a book that deals with academic pressure perfectly? a book that made me feel like being Jewish is totally normal? a book with a bisexual main character who falls for a Muslim boy? a book that shows that loving spending time with your family is completely acceptable? yeah, this book (4.75)
Tiffany Chiang
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it

Even though we’re only in the second month of 2019, You Asked For Perfect has already made my list of favorite books of the year. I honestly don’t think this review could’ve come at a better timing for me too because I recently just finished what I anticipate to have been the hardest academic week of my semester. I had multiple exams and essays due, and I was constantly studying during my free time. You Asked For Perfect follows Ariel Stone, a
anna (readingpeaches)
listen, my own high school experience didn't stress me out as badly as this book did. i'm Exhausted™. i need like a week long nap now.

also, ariel is a disaster bi and i love him with my whole heart

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Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New favorite book alert. Everything was relatable and I loved these characters so much and that adorable romance and I teared up and I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT OKAY.
More coherent review will come, but for now, I hope you'll add this to your TBR, friends, it is AMAZING <3

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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kav (xreadingsolacex)
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

hey so who gave Laura Silverman the right to write about all of our lives???

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman is a young-adult contemporary novel that follows the story of Ariel Stone, our Jewish, bisexual protagonist, who feels immense pressure to be the best because the best is what will give him access to the future he wants. While trying to balance the unimaginable workload he has taken upon himself, Ariel is also trying
It’s mostly a 3.5.

I have been excited to read this book for a long time because it seemed so adorable and the kind of YA book I would enjoy. And this was definitely what I was hoping for.

The story is completely told through Ariel’s POV, so we see everything thats going on in his head and that’s not comfortable at all. He is constantly struggling with keeping up his grades and extracurriculars in preparation for his Harvard application and just doesn’t have enough time in the day for managing eve
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“I’ve been so busy racing to the finish line, I haven’t thought much about what happens when I cross it.”

You Asked For Perfect is an impactful story about stress, anxiety, and self care. It’s easily one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. It captivated me with such raw emotion and honesty that I fell head over heels in love.

I basically loved everything about the story . I thought Ariel was so relatable, because I was the same studious AP/Honors student nerd. He goes through such
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
This is honestly more like a 3.5, but I’m rounding up because of how so much of this feels so grounded and real. That AP life is something else. RTC
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review comes from the perspective of an overachieving teen Jew. So, as you might expect, I was very excited to have a chance at reading a book that I can see myself so clearly in. For this opportunity, I have to thank the wonderful Vicky Who Reads who provided me the ARC of this lovely novel.

Overall vibes: very spot on. I love contemporary novels, but they universally tend to vastly underestimate the work load of high schoolers. It was refreshing to have a book where we saw the characters d
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Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbt, 2019-reads
. : ☾⋆ — 4 ★


ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Sourcebooks Fire!!)

we are stressed (ex) high school students first, and people second!!

not gonna lie, this is one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read and it’s kinda sad that it’s about this really overtaxed high school kid who just wants to get into college and keep his grades up? but this is genuinely what senior year in high school i
Vicky Who Reads
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I finished this yesterday, but yes! Super accurate in its Stressed Teen vibes.

buddy read with Vic
Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
When I first read Girl Out of Water, Laura Silverman’s debut, I completely fell in love with it. It was (and still is), one of my favorite contemporaries ever and I’ve been calling Laura Silverman one of my favorite authors ever since. So when I first saw the announcement for this book, I was absolutely ecstatic. Not just because we were going to get a new book by this author I love so much, but also because we were getting a book that deals with academic pressure, a topic that is incredibly imp ...more
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
*Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!*

“I’ve been so busy racing to the finish line, I haven’t thought much about what happens when I cross it.”

There are so many ARCs on my Kindle right now that I have a mini seizure every time I open the app. No, seriously. Anyone remember that experiment with rats where they had a button (it administered some sort of pleasure drug) in their cage and some died from pressing it too many times in a row? I’m on my way
would have rounded up to four but for the constant hp references that had me cringing & i kind of wanted more of a slowburn but it was rly soft & i loved ariel & amir


Rep: bi Jewish mc, gay Muslim li, Korean-American lesbian side character, Indian-American side character
Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Katherine Locke
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No sophomore slump here. Silverman knocked it out of the park.

I received an ARC from the publisher and this in no way affected my review.
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ariel's life seemed perfect. He was valedictorian of his graduating class, scored a 1600 on his SAT, was first chair violin for his school orchestra, and appeared a shoe-in for admission to Harvard. However, things were not quite what they seemed, and Ariel's perfect veneer began to crack under the pressure of his senior year.

I love that Silverman took on this topic. I worked in a high school for over a decade, and I encountered many students, who like Ariel, were striving to be the best and to
3.75 STARS. How disturbing this book was to read as a parent of two teen boys, I felt it The book did a fantastic job of portraying the stress that kids can be under due to college admissions. Being smart getting straight A’s isn’t going to cut it anymore, you need to be a standout, special. Although it was forever ago I remember how hard high school was to navigate without all of this on top of it, I couldn’t imagine being a teenager today. This hit home, I I see the stress my boys deal with, o ...more
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