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The Perfect Girlfriend

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  18,824 ratings  ·  2,682 reviews

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Graydon House (first published February 27th 2018)
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Chrissy Holt I literally would have given this 5 stars if it wasn't for the ending. So disappointed. :(…moreI literally would have given this 5 stars if it wasn't for the ending. So disappointed. :((less)
Ceanna Yes! I feel the same way. I actually enjoyed the writer's attention to detail of someone who is truly compulsive and obsessed. It was a bit over-the-t…moreYes! I feel the same way. I actually enjoyed the writer's attention to detail of someone who is truly compulsive and obsessed. It was a bit over-the-top regarding some of the stunts the main character was able to pull off, but I still enjoyed the book...until the end. I would have loved a "Two Years Later" ending, where it ended with Juliette living the life she dreamed of, or she was committed to a mental health facility, or something!!! (less)

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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Oh wow! What a compelling, brilliantly written psychological thriller "The Perfect Girlfriend" is, from a very talented debut author Karen Hamilton.
Meet Juliette - attractive, romantic, passionate, obsessed, psychotic and IN LOVE. She is the perfect girlfriend. She'll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants - the perfect boyfriend, the perfect life, the perfect ending. How far will she go to get what she wants? How far would you go?
There's unfortunately not a lot that can
Julie is on vacation
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is a 2019 Graydon House publication.

Takes obsession to a whole new level-

Six months ago, Nate broke things off with Juliette, and processed to move on with his life. Little does the handsome airline pilot know that Juliette has not accepted the break-up. In her mind they belong together, and she will go to any length to get him back- proving to Nate, once and for all, that she is the ‘perfect girlfriend’.

Told from Juliette’s first- person perspective, th
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read

This review is based solely upon my personal reading experience with this book. If you like, really like, or even love this story, I am truly happy for you.

My thoughts are by no means a reflection on, or judgement of you, or your experience. With that tiny caveat out of the way, let's proceed, shall we?

I will try to keep this short. I did not enjoy this at all. By the end, I was legit pushing myself to complete it. I did not care to sit in the front row of this woman's mental del
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Oh my gosh, this book gives new meaning to the word obsession!

Just when you think you’ve seen it all! Or in our case read it all, comes this little gem of a thriller that will leave you speechless!

Her name is Lily but also goes by her middle name Juliette. It just depends on who she interacts with or what situation she finds herself in. She has separate Facebook accounts for each persona. Her primary goal? Get married. And not to just anyone! She is determined to have Nate - whether he wants her
Holly  B
Oh ...that was fun💕

Fatal attraction taken to the airlines!

He loves me..... He loves me not! 

A bit of a gender cross-over in this obsessed stalker novel. Juliette is so motivated to keep tabs on pilot and boyfriend, Nate, that she becomes a flight attendant. Oh my gosh, I would have loved to see the expression on Nate's face when she "revealed" her new role to him (and while on the job)!

Juliette sees herself as a "perfect girlfriend" and believes wholeheartedly in the mantra "If you love some
Berit Talks Books
The Perfect Girlfriend is perfectly crazy!

Lock up your bunnies boys, Juliet/Lily is here! This book was Fatal Attraction’s crazier big sister! This wild story has movie written all over it, and the part of Juliet would be so much fun to play. Karen Hamilton has written an addictive entertaining story about one of the most likable psychotic characters I have ever met in a book. This was one mind blowing thrilling debut novel!

Juliet, the psychotic formerly known as Lily has one goal in life
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If you love someone, set them free.
If they come back, they're yours.
If they don't, make them."

What in the cray-cray did I just read?

This book is the very definition of a slow starter. If not for my fascination with the psychotic inner dialogue of the main character, the only character really, Elizabeth/Lily/Juliette or whatever she's calling herself on any given day, I might have given up on this one.

...and that would have been a colossal mistake.

Somewhere around the 40% mark this story takes
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
4.5 stars

If you love someone, set them free.
If they come back, they're yours. If they don't, make them.

Juliette knows that she and Nate were meant to be together. They have a long history and even though he broke up with her, she knows it was meant to be. She just needs to make sure that he gets with the program. Stupid man.
So Juliette gets herself hired at his airline. (He is a pilot) and she keeps an "eye" on him.

BTW: Juliette's investigative skills are off the chain.

It did take me a
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars!

This takes obsession to a whole new level!

Juliette is determined to win back Nate who broke up with her six months ago. She will stop at nothing to become his ideal partner.

This was a wild and crazy ride that I loved following. I really enjoyed the inside look at flight attendant training and all that is involved in their career path. The author did a fantastic job engrossing me in the main characters obsessive, snarky and manipulative mind. I was gripped and entertained and couldn’t tu
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars
"The girl gave her heart to the boy and their fate was sealed. Seriously, he should have listened, because no one can fight fate. No one."

If only Elizabeth / Lily / Juliette had warned Nate of this sooner because this poor dude is about to have his life flipped upside down by one of the craziest whack jobs ever. To call this lady persistent is the understatement of the year. She will stop at nothing to get her man and it was so much fun to watch (read?) for this reader! These types of books
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin- Graydon House Books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review

OMG this was downright creepy with a protagonist that made my skin crawl. Of course, I just couldn't put it down.

I have never considered myself a "boy crazy" type of gal and over the course of my teen and adult years, it has made me cringe at the "thirstiness" of some people when it comes to relationships. Our protagonist, Juliette, is basically a diabetic over her ex, and she is will
Erin Clemence
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Juliette has met the love of her life in Nate, a handsome and charming pilot. Even though Nate broke it off with her six months ago, Juliette knows that Nate is in love with her too. She has made it her life mission to show him that he loves her, and to rekindle their relationship. After getting a job as a flight attendant, so she can be around him more, she slowly starts
j e w e l s
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was ok

I may be guilty of letting a VERY BAD, HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE narrator influence my rating on this novel. But, the story is so dumb, that I'm sure I wouldn't have enjoyed it anyway.

You guys know how angry I get when I waste a precious Audible credit on a bad production. AAAAARGHHH (Using an Audible credit is my very last resort, reserved for only the books I've researched, sampled and really want to read. Usually used for the newest books that I either missed on Netgal
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is another book about obsession, but one that I thought was executed very well. When I first started this book I thought it was a bit of a slow read, but after I put it down for awhile and came back to it I devoured the rest of it very quickly.

The Perfect Girlfriend tells the story of a crazypants girl named Juliette and her obsession with a man named Nate. They dated for a bit and end up breaking up, but Juliette refuses to accept that as be
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

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You know when you read a book and you know who you are supposed to like and dislike, and somehow you feel the exact opposite? That describes how I read The Perfect Girlfriend in a nutshell!!! This book is T-W-I-S-T-E-D!!! I sat down to write this and I wasn’t even sure how to begin because this is one of the strangest and most entertaining books I’ve read in ages—in a good way!

Told in first
Irena BookDustMagic
First of all, let me say that this book won my mind and soul with it’s uniqueness. I have never read anything similar to it in my entire life, and now when I finished it (I read it twice, in case you wonder, that’s how good it is!), I wonder why there isn’t more books like this out there? Or maybe there is, and I am just not aware of them (In case you know anything similar to this (novel, short story, a movie or a TV show), please recommend!)?

The story follows Juliette who figured out how to be
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3 Stars


It’s something that Juliette (aka Elizabeth/Lily) is very familiar with. The thing is, she loves Nate. She adores him and she simply wants to be with him. It doesn’t register with her that he broke up with her months ago and doesn’t seem to want to be with her. That’s trivial!
She knows that they are meant to be. He is her soulmate and she will be with him. Forever.

Juliette does whatever it takes to be near him, including sneaking into his flat sometimes and taking a job with
Rachel (not currently receiving notifications) Hall
If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours. If they don’t, make them.”
The course of true love never did run smooth but for woman on a mission, Juliette Price, actions definitely speak louder than words. In fact Juliette is so inordinately single-minded that she is almost a force of nature and willing to play a decidedly long game in her quest for the perfect future with her ex-boyfriend and pilot, Nate Goldsmith. Whilst her ex may have just called time on their burgeon
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Full disclosure: As a flight attendant for a US airline, this was a tale of two halves for me.

For the first 50% of the book, I was enjoying the true portrayal of a flight attendant’s life...the training, the co-workers who overshare on the jumpseat (we call it jumpseat psychology), the expectations of the passengers and that flight attendants HATE working LAS VEGAS flights!! (Although I don’t fly International so I deal with all of that WITHOUT the rewards of 3 days of sightseeing, or
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Perfect Girlfriend by Kate Hamilton is the story of Juliette who is still in love with her ex boyfriend Nate and will do anything to get him back. This was a scary psychological thriller about obsession. I would like to thank NetGalley and Headline for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
When I read the description for The Perfect Girlfriend, I knew I had to get my hands on it! I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again – I love books involving stalking! There’s just something extra creepy and chilling about them!

The Perfect Girlfriend follows Juliette, who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend. We learn pretty quickly that Juliette is a nut. She sneaks into her ex’s apartment while he’s at work, secretly follows him around to take pictures of him to add to her “col
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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2.5 Stars

Uhhhhhhhhhh . . . . .

Once again I am the dissenter in the ranks amongst my friends and their high ratings. However, at 3.68 this book doesn’t have a high rating from the masses in general so maybe I didn’t read it completely wrong??? I also chose to pick it up during a time when my attitude was like such . . . .

So maybe that can shoulder part of the blame. Thanks work for being so extra last week, you turd!

I really w
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-arcs

That blurb above is the stuff my dreams are made of, it’s disturbing enough to pique my interest, it alludes to obsession and hints at stalker like behavior AND it’s exactly enough to reel me in and make me want to read more. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but I have been dying to read this since the first time I read the cover and let me tell you, it was SO worth the wait.

The entire story is told from Juliette’s point of view and Hamilton uses this opportunity to dive de
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was a story about how love can make you obsessed!!!

Well what can i say about this book YAY i loved it. This is the story of one sick psychotic puppy Elizabeth, you see she is in love with Nate, or she thinks she is & will do anything she can to keep it that way Nate broke things off with Elizabeth (AKA) Juliette & now Juliette seeks revenge on those who did her wrong especially Nate.

She knows everything about him, likes dislikes she even gets a job at the same airline this infuriates Na
♡ Kim ♡
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! Now that was one crazy girl - and read!
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging and well written psychological thriller with an unreliable, obsessive, manipulative and creepy aka psychotic main character. In other words, it was a nightmare to be in her head as she was narrating her story from her warped and deranged point of view.

How far would you go to make your dreams of a perfect future come true?
Juliette loves Nate. Juliette would do anything to keep Nate for herself. Juliette is the perfect girlfriend.

Well, I sure wouldn’t want a Juliette in my life!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hold on WHILST I decide what star rating this book deserves.....

Ok...I'm still giving this 5 stars even though I cringed every time the author used the word "WHILST". It seemed like at least 400 give or take 100. I know "whilst" is the common replacement for "while" in British speak but I've read numerous other British authors and this is the first time it jumped off the page and smacked me in the face. Egads!!

But more importantly ...

Other than that, the writing was excellent! Was it fluff
Cortney LaScola Hornyak -  The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
2.5 stars rounded up

This book was just really dry. Juliette/Elizabeth/Lily just wasn't believable as a crazy to me? I don't know if it was the writing (if I had a dollar for every "whilst") or that she was so unemotional while being ridiculously delusional, but I just did not connect with this book or the MC (and I love a crazy, vengeful girl).

The flashbacks were confusing, and just thrown in. It helped explain her, but they just didn't flow with the rest of the book.

Given that this was a debut,
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is a thriller that takes readers into the mind of one very obsessive ex girlfriend. Juliette’s love for Nate knows no bounds and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she believes is hers.

Juliette and Nate were a couple once but then Nate gave Juliette the old I need some space speech and left her behind. Juliette however still loves Nate and she knows that he loves her too even if he doesn’t realize it himself so a little help never hurts, right? Juliette h
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow burning, guileful, and chilling!

The Perfect Girlfriend is a complex, compelling, psychological thriller that takes you into the life of the determined, consumed Juliette as she embarks on a relentless journey to win back the heart of her ex-boyfriend at any cost.

The prose is tight and intense. The characters are self-absorbed, crafty, and deliciously unlikable. And the plot, using flashbacks to the past and told through a first-person, unreliable narrator, builds steadily and is full of unf
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Karen Hamilton caught the travel bug after an early childhood spent abroad (Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy) and having worked as cabin crew for a major airline.
In 2006, she and her husband put down roots in Hampshire UK and four years ago, she later gave up flying to raise their three sons and concentrate on her writing.
In 2009, she decided to 'become a writer.'

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