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The Perfect Girlfriend

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,205 ratings  ·  822 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
Expected publication: March 26th 2019 by Graydon House (first published February 27th 2018)
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    Miriam Smith
    Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: twitter
    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
    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 someon
    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 minut
    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
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 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 being
    Rachel Hall
    Jan 06, 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.”
    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
    Erin Clemence
    Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads, kindle
    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 t
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindle, netgalley
    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 willing to do ANYTHING to make him come back to her. As Karen Hamilton states in her author's note, it is difficul
    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
    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
    Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: british, crime, pigeonhole
    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!
    May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It's pretty good, it dragged a bit in spots but overall a creepfest of a cautionary tale. I will think about this one for awhile!
    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
    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 wanted/
    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
    Mar 16, 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.

    Oh my, what a character Juliette is. If you ever meet anyone like her RUN, as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

    This debut from Karen Hamilton is a fabulously unnerving, entertaining read and a very different psychological thriller.

    Juliette (or Elizabeth or Lily) has had a difficult background, details of which are slowly revealed throughout the story. When she meets Nate, a handsome airline p
    Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Original stories are so difficult to come by, and not just in the thriller genre. THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND turns everything on its head, as you see what it feels like to be the stalker rather than the victim, a unique twist on the crime novel that works extremely well. It illustrates the state of mind of the stalker who is obsessive and creepy. With lovers like these who needs enemies!?

    A very different novel that is rather terrifying, I enjoyed it immensely. THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND highlights the f
    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
    Nicola Gipson
    This is one crazy book !!!!

    Juliette (Elizabeth when she was younger)wants Nate and nothing or no one is going to stand in her way of getting her man...only thing is Juliette (Elizabeth) is Nate’s ex and he does not believe Juliette is ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ if anything she is the perfect nightmare.

    The story starts with an incident from Juliette’s past and then moves to present day. Juliette is the main narrator and she is one character you do not want in your head.

    I found the opening chapters
    Lisa-Books Smiles
    3.5 stars.
    This is one crazy book and I normally get along very well with crazy…not so much with this book. Another thing I love in my thrillers is unlikeable characters, but again it just didn’t work for me. There were soooooo many “eye roll” moments that at times I found myself laughing over the absolute ridiculousness of these characters. I read a ton of thrillers and I’m finding it harder and harder to find a thriller that hits all my sweet spots. I can see many readers loving this book and
    Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Mandy White
    Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audible
    Wow.. what a crazy book that was! I felt sorry for her at the same time that I was in shock... great read
    Liz Barnsley
    Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    There’s a new spate of psychological thrillers in town – where things are mixed up a bit and the main protagonists are not all sympathetic characters stuck in an untenable situation – sometimes the main protagonists ARE the untenable situation as is true with Juliette, the star of “The Perfect Girlfriend” and what a star she is.

    Obsessive – Yes. Brilliantly engaging – Yes. Really quite scary? Yes absolutely, also occasionally witty, always focused, also actually has a real beef, Nate isn’t exactl
    Dec 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    i wanna read this because it has the words the perfect and i'm reminded of the perfect nanny even though i literally hated that book.

    also, i mean, even the covers are similar.
    i think i shouldn't read this actually. it feels like it isn't calling my name.
    Ok, here I am, fingers poised on the keyboard, and finding myself speechless. The Perfect Girlfriend was one of the strangest books I have read in a long time. And I mean that in a good way. In fact, this was such a fun read for me! Narrated in the first person by our main protagonist Juliette (aka Lily, aka Elisabeth), the story drew me in immediately as it became clear that there were some very unusual dynamics at play here. Juliette’s boyfriend Nate may have ended their relationship, but she ...more
    To say this book left me feeling bittersweet and with unwanted Deja Vu is an understatement. Everything was going perfectly with what for the most part was a highly readable and freaky read only to have the ending remind me of something I would like to just forget.

    For the most part, Juliette despite being delusional thinking being broken up from her long-time beau Nate, is just a minor setback and as long as she sticks her plan replanting herself back in his influence and getting him back will h
    The Book Review Café
    The Perfect Girlfriend is VERY different to any other psychological thriller I’ve read lately. This is a novel that shouldn’t work, it’s basically an in-depth character study of Juliette a flight attendant and wronged girlfriend, told from her POV, BUT author Karen Hamilton has created a complex character, she’s a woman you will love, hate, she’s someone you will want to shake some sense into, she’s scary, obsessive and a control freak and deluded! but boy does she make The Perfect Girlfriend a ...more
    Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
    tl;dr: The Perfect Girlfriend won't be for everyone, but if you like deeply disturbed main characters, this is absolutely worth your time.

    The Perfect Girlfriend has a seemingly simple premise: Juliette is training to be a flight attendant with the airline her ex boyfriend, Nate works at as a surprise, plus the job seems like it could be interesting. She drops by Nate's apartment to check in on things, but she's not being nosy--he wanted space and she's giving it to him because she loves him and
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