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What if you woke up one morning looking as perfect as you'd always hoped you'd be? What if you then went after all the things you were too afraid to chase after before? And what if that made everything go wrong, instead of right?

Drawn to Hawk and intrigued by his colorful best friend Ivy, Eden thinks maybe she could choose something more than the safe, vanilla life she's a
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Bare Ink
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Kira Simion
Jul 07, 2020 is currently reading it
Shelves: 2020, gift-or-won
First time I’ve ever found a book that comes out on the same day I discovered it. Pretty neat.

Thank you J. Mercer for an ecopy of this book!! I won one in a giveaway and I’m excited to get into it!
Sophia
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
***ARC review***
Relatable, but super cliche, Perfection and Other Illusive Things has some truly perfect lines that made me wonder how my feelings could be put into words so well. I think that that was the only thing that this book really has going for it because the rest of the time I was quite literally the embodiment of the facepalm emoji. With the rushed romance that had almost no substance and the main character’s truly horrible decisions I very much disliked the plot. There was essentially
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Nadya Jackson
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What if one day you woke up and everything you hated about your appearance was gone? What would you do if you were suddenly perfect?

Eden’s life is already perfect; she’s co-captain of the volleyball team, on track for salutatorian, has great college aspirations, three friends who have always been there for her...what more could she want? Even though she knows she’s beautiful she doesn’t feel like it and her life feels like it’s missing some things. Her crush Hawk is a poet for the school paper a
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Vinny reads
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
PERFECTION AND OTHER ILLUSIVE THINGS by J.MERCER

I'm really in love with this book,it is a simply a story of a teenager who want to overcome her insecurities .This is so relatable because each and every person have this struggle of looking perfect or being perfect at a certain stage of life where we want to just look perfect and feel insecure of what we don't possess .This book is a Ya/high school book about how you see yourself and how others perceive you .The protagonist character Eden searches
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Victoria Larsen
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @jmercerbooks for this eARC to review! I read it at the perfect time because I had been working on a historical fiction book at the same time! PAOIT by#jmercer is a great YA/high school book about how you see yourself and how other people perceive you! I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! #paoit was my first read by this author but I do have her other three books I need to read!
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What if you woke up one morning looking as perfect as you'd always hoped you'd be? What if you
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Michelle
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found Perfection and Other Illusive Things very enjoyable and really funny a times. At its core, it is a journey of identity for our main character, Eden. The twists and turns of her search lead her to some choices that are, shall we say, epic fails. But those choices are true to the experience of many young adults. For me the book would have been less honest without them. Eden grows through the narrative as she experimens with different life choices. She comes to some important insights about ...more
Emma Peters
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I read this book in 2 sittings! A well written read about overcoming insecurities, believing in yourself and a bit of a magical romance. I loved the diversity of the characters and their stories which I felt truly reflected a high school experience, bad decisions and all (not pointing fingers at my high schools self at all..!). This book delivered some great lines and characters that I felt like I went to school with myself by the end.
Mayda
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a beautiful story about loving yourself and looking beyond appearance. Trials and errors during high school. Sort of becoming of age, if you will. But it’s meaning is much deeper.
Devin Drennen
This was a Goodreads Giveaway win. Overall it was a good book but it was just a little too juvenile for me. Great for young adults.
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J. Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to college for accounting and psychology. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband—though as much as she loves to travel, she’s ...more

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