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In Sophie Gonzales' Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Mo
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Wednesday Books
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emma zackarina.reads Nope, that's "The Half of it"! I have not read this book yet but they seem to have similar concepts. :)…moreNope, that's "The Half of it"! I have not read this book yet but they seem to have similar concepts. :)(less)
Sophie Gonzales Hi there! This book is set in California, America, and follows American characters. The only Australian character is Alexander Brougham, who moved to …moreHi there! This book is set in California, America, and follows American characters. The only Australian character is Alexander Brougham, who moved to California several years before the book takes place. Hope that helps! (less)

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Sophie Gonzales
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
This book is a subtweet.

I'm kidding (mostly!), but Perfect on Paper was born of some very confused, conflicting feelings. At the time of writing, I was working on a sapphic rom-com, which I was intending to be my next book (watch this space in the future!!), when something happened.

I've been writing bisexual characters for many years, but I'd always written them dating someone who shared their gender. Then, in OMD I wrote a bi character whose story culminated in a romance with someone of a dif
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daph pink ♡
ORANGE COVER!
AND I AM TRIGGERED!

( did it rhyme?)
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: bi girl mc, trans sc, Vietnamese-American lesbian sc, bi sc, gay sc, pan nonbinary sc
tw: biphobia, internalised biphobia, toxic parents, drugs, alcohol, vomiting

rtc! this book is wonderful for so many different reasons, but get this: it made me care deeply abt a straight boy
C.G. Drews
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm sitting here in ALL the good feels right now, which is the perfect way to be when a book ends. It was so fun, but also so full of drama and mass bad decisions and absolute clueless numpties who need to jUST KISS ALREADY and it had some incredibly important things to say. After starting this year with falling in love with Only Mostly Devastated, I am a definite Gonzales romcom fan. 😍

relationship advice
I loved the premise of this! Darcy runs an anonymous relationship advice business. No one in
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hands down! What a great mash up of Simon vs Homo sapiens agenda, Leah on the Offbeat meets Netflix’s Sex Education series, To All the boys I loved before is fresh baked from the oven with amazing LGBTQ representation!

Bisexual heroine, straight hero and gay, lesbian, trans supporting characters present us wide spectrum of sexual identity exploration of the young adults, challenges they face and learn to love true selves are well told by reflecting different perspectives honestly and realistical
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jenny✨
Now THIS is the kind of teen rom-com fluff I could get behind! 🥺



I’ve been struggling lately to find quirky, lighthearted romances that I enjoy, but Perfect on Paper hit just the right notes.

The premise is oh-so-tropey and oh-so-good: Darcy Phillips is a high school junior, bisexual, member of the Queer & Questioning Club, daughter of the school’s science teacher. She’s also the person behind Locker 89, a mysteriously abandoned locker where everyone knows you can drop $10 and a letter seeking re
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Apr 01, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: contemporary, lgbtqia
huh, well... I'm not a total fan of this cover... it's just kind of generic... very HarperTeen-y

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i am here for the gay highschooler chaos

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Tijana
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Thank you St Martin Press for sending Perfect on Paper ARC my way. It was everything I ever needed!

Disclaimer: overall, this story deserves a solid 4-star-rating, but I can't rate less than 5 stars a book with such a wonderful representation.

"It’s when bisexuals start to believe the biphobia they’re surrounded by. We’re told that our sexuality isn’t real, or that we’re straight if we’re with another gender, and that our feelings don’t count if we’ve never dated a certain gender, that kind of
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Fanna
May 20, 2020 marked it as high-priority-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
↣ digital copy received via the netgalley ↢


May 26, 2020: We already have a cover?! That color tho. I like it!

May 20, 2020: After having loved Only Mostly Devastated, I'm ready to read everything that Sophie Gonzales writes so of course I'm excited for this one to release!
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Holly | The Caffeinated Reader
This book revolves around Darcy, our bisexual main character who runs an anonymous relationship-advice service from an unoccupied locker in her school. She's been doing this successfully for the last two years without issue, that is, until she gets caught redhanded by the school heartthrob as she's retrieving the letters. Unfortunately for Darcy, this means he's able to blackmail her into being his own personal relationship advisor to help him win back his ex, and as you can probably guess, thi ...more
Corina
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. It was poignant, interesting, sweet, sassy, entertaining and thoughtful.

The set up was refreshingly unique, focusing on a YA relationship column out of a locker with great relationship advice. The relationship advice was on point and incredibly thoughtful, loved it.

The main characters were all genuinely likeable, and I especially loved the sass between them all. Most of all I LOVED the writing, smart, witty and authentic. I had a blast reading the book, it was a fast and easy
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Emma Lord
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Y'all, I got to read the beginning of this when it was but a wee baby on proposal, and I adored it then and love every page of what it came to be! Sophie yet again gave us a narrator you root for from page one, and an ensemble of ridiculously lovable characters to boot. Don't miss out on this one, it'll hit you in all your feels <3. ...more
Hillary
Hold on...
Before the full synopsis was released this book sounded a lot like Simon Vs, but now it actually really sounds like The Half of It and I’m like... very excited... and also emotional... ❤️
Ella
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woah.

WOAH.

I don't know if I have the words to describe what I just read. But this book.......... is so important.

I've never read a YA book that focuses on bisexuality, and the erasure experienced when bi people are in a m/f relationship. That exploration, plus the overwhelming queerness of this whole book, made it literal perfection in my eyes.

I'm sitting here crying because I've never seen myself in a book like this before. Bi people in m/f relationships are always either left out of the ca
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back

OMG THIS SOUNDS LIKE JACK OF HEARTS MEETS TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE

YES YES YES
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aarya
4.5 stars

This is so good and so queer. I normally don’t read arcs six months ahead of publication date; I can’t wait until March 2021 so I can squeal about this book with other people.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Iris
hi I don't have words I adored this wow

I will like,,, actually review this later. but wow I loved it so much. I honestly think I would read anything Sophie Gonzales writes at this point because her books always hit me so hard despite also being fluffy fun silly romcoms

anyways I cried I laughed I fell in love with this cast of characters and I don't want it to be over
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Melanie (mells_view)
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
“WHY IS LOVE DEAD?”
A bit dramatic, but that’s Darcy 🤣

Can I just start by saying that I appreciated the bi rep in this book so hard. I know not everyone is going to feel that way, but I am excited for it and I’m glad that someone will read this book and feel validated and seen by it.

ANYWAY, Darcy is our main character, and I honestly enjoyed her so much. She’s relatable for me in so many ways and the fact that she screws up and makes some selfish decisions, but then learns from them... yes, we lo
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cossette
i'm in tears at this bi rep 🥺🥺🥺 rtc (and i actually mean rtc at some point) ...more
theresa
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
i loved this!! rtc
Kelly
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-read, 2020-arcs
I loved this book so much. I loved the representation and I loved the romance between Darcy and Alexander. This book (kinda) had a love triangle since our heroine has been in love with her best friend for a long time but it's clear that she doesn't feel the same for her. It's one-sided and after a while, we see a shift in Darcy. One that she doesn't seem to understand immediately. Because she's starting to really like the boy who paid her for giving her advice on how to get his ex-girlfriend bac ...more
anniek
This book is for the bisexuals. It really has the kind of bisexual representation we need more of.

Darcy anonymously gives relationship advice to students who drop letters into Locker 89, and her business is successful, perhaps just a bit too successful. When she is caught one day opening the locker by Alexander Brougham, he asks her for help with winning his girlfriend back, only this proves to be a bit more complicated than the relationship advice Darcy normally gives…

As I said, this book truly
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Susan's Reviews
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Either Sophie Gonzales is a relationship therapist, or she has read every book on the market on relationships. In Perfect on paper, Darcy Phillips is a budding relationship doctor who operates anonymously out of locker 89 in her private high school. She learns the hard way why professionals are bound by so many confidentiality and conflict of interest rules. Darcy is caught in quite a fe
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book bruin
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Perfect on Paper was smart, thoughtful, funny, and everything I love about YA and more. This is my first book by Sophie Gonzales and I loved the writing style and humor. I thought the author also did a fantastic job with representation and diversity. The relationship advice and love tutor/coach premise has been attempted in books before, but Gonzales put such a fresh spin on it that it felt very new and exciting. The characters and situations were layered and complex, and were laid out
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h o l l i s
It's always strange to like something but have complicated thoughts or feelings about aspects of it.. and yet still can't help but rate it highly. That's really where I'm at. I don't think this is going to be a particularly informative or cohesive review, just warning you now.

Overall I just want to say how happy I am that, conflicted confusedness aside, it is easier to like to this vs how I felt about ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED, which just didn't settle with me very well. The abovementioned was so m
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Sherwood Smith
This novel is a celebration of diversity--exuberant, witty, splashing emotions all over the place.

Meet Darcy, who adores Brooke, and who in spite of her out-there personality and lifestyle, has a secret life: she gives advice to her fellow teens via anonymous letters deposited in an otherwise unused locker.

The letters are interspersed between chapters in which Darcy is drawn into helping a guy get his ex girlfriend back. Watching that friendship turn into something else is one of the joys of thi
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Steff Fox
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I'm beginning to develop a massive amount of love for the written works of Sophie Gonzales, having just fallen head over heels and hand over foot for Perfect on Paper. I loved this book's story so much that I finished it in less than a day. Perfect on Paper very much feels like one of those YA romances that just demands to be made into a film. That's how good it is. In so many ways, I desperately need to see this. So, Netflix, where are you at? This is
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Emma
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

This YA novel was a cute and also entertaining read. Darcy is a sixteen-year-old bisexual girl who's been giving relationship advice to her classmates for two years. But nobody knows that she's the relationship counselor behind the mysterious locker eighty-nine where lots of students put in their letters looking for advice. That is until Brougham sees her at the locker and realizes who s
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Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Perfect on Paper was adorable. In it, you will meet Darcy and Alex. The way they meet was all kinds of awkward because Darcy kind of had an alter ego (in a way). See there's this locker at her school that doesn't belong to any student or staff. Yet, every once in a while a letter is dropped into it. Somehow they are mysteriously answered and the whole thing remains a mystery.

Well, it did until the day that these two met one
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In Sophie Gonzales' Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back.

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Sophie Gonzales writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit and endless heart.

She is the author of THE LAW OF INERTIA and ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED. PERFECT ON PAPER and OFF THE RECORD (co-written with Cale Dietrich) are forthcoming in Winter and Fall 2021 from Wednesday Books / Macmillan.

When she isn’t writing, Sophie can be found ice skating, performing in
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