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Tiny Imperfections

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,991 ratings  ·  308 reviews
The Wedding Date meets Class Mom in this delicious novel of love, money, and misbehaving parents.

All’s fair in love and kindergarten admissions.

At thirty-nine, Josie Bordelon’s modeling career as the “it” black beauty of the ’90s is far behind her. Now director of admissions at San Francisco’s most sought after private school, she’s chic, single, and determined to keep her
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tiny Imperfections folllows Josie Bordelon, the Director of Admissions at an elite San Francisco private school as she ramps up for another application season. This year, Josie is also guiding her own 17 year old daughter, Etta, through the college admission process though the two don’t see eye-to-eye on Etta’s future. Etta also has the support of Aunt Viv, who took Josie and Etta in years ago when Josie returned home as a young single mom after her modeling career ended.

Family drama, friendshi
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Josie is thirty-nine and a former model from the 90s. In her current life, she’s the director of admissions at a private school in San Francisco. She also has Etta, her seventeen year old daughter, to keep out of trouble.

Also in the picture is Aunt Viv, the matriarch of the family, and Etta is the apple of her eye. Josie’s work life is pretty chaotic because of the demanding parents who want their children IN the private school. And Josie’s best friend thinks it’s high time Josie finds love agai
Larry H
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alli Frank and Asha Youmans' Tiny Imperfections is a lighthearted romp through the world of private school admissions, with some family drama thrown in for good measure.

Raised by her aunt in San Francisco, Josie was able to get a scholarship to one of the city’s most prestigious private schools. She dropped out of college, spent a few years as one of the hottest models in the world, and then returned home with a young daughter, Etta, and moved back in with her aunt. Josie is now director of
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grand-aunt, mother, daughter relations surrounded with smart humor, genuine and emotional writing and great touch of romance, self-discovery and self-growing vibes.
It is sweet, fun, soft, entertaining with easily relatable characters, interesting, moving storyline, three generation’s communication problems.

Josie, once upon a time a selected, successful, beautiful model, retired because she’s 39 and she cannot defeat her half aged competitors. Now she starts her brand new job as director of adm
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Josie Bordelon is the director of admissions at the prestigious Fairchild Country Day School in San Francisco. She is gearing up for the next set of applications and her days are filled with eager parents wanting to enroll their children and schedule interviews. Josie is a pro at managing expectations having attended the school herself and is all too familiar with the landscape of the community.

Josie is currently experiencing a role reversal as she navigates the college admissions process with h

❝ She grew inside me, developed a heart right underneath mine and sometimes I know what she's feeling before she does.

☆☆ | Juvenile. Insulting. Cringe-worthy.

Where do I begin? I suppose I'd like to start out with what I believed were this book's strongest points. The discussion on privilege and class were fascinating, and I thought that they were done with a very humorous but conscious hand. There were a few lines I laughed at and that were genuinely funny, and there were a few characters such a
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: august-2020
real rating: 3.5/5 stars

I really wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the cover. It's about an ex-runway model who got pregnant during a layover/flight to a fashion show and suddenly, real-life slaps her in the face. She has no college education, no jobs, and a baby she gotta take care of. So she gets a job at a prestigious prep school that EVERYONE around the world wants to get into so their children can make it to the Ivey league schools. Fighting against racism, bad boyfriends, crazy tig
Camilla Isley
This was a charming read. Honestly the most hilarious parts were the parents’ emails and letters to Josie... they made me laugh so hard.

The romance was cute, even if for half the book I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to develop expectations toward a honestly dashing leadin man, as he was presented as a forbidden fruit in more ways than one. Still, it was impossible not to fall for this amazing book boyfriend.

I also loved the stong women in the story and their multi-generational bond.
Read In Colour
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute but predictable. I figured out a major plot line early on.
Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank & Asha Youmans is such a sweet, funny, and endearing novel! I loved so many of the characters, and I found myself laughing out loud almost nonstop. Overall it was a pretty light read so this will be perfect if you are looking for something to make you laugh, and I would consider it to be a nice beach read since it's quick as well. I knew the direction it was headed as far as the romance part, but that didn't stop me from loving it. Tiny Imperfections ended up bei ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This review is based on an ARC copy of this novel. I hope much changed between this copy and the finished one, honestly. I rarely give less than three stars to a book, but there was just sooo much wrong with this one. Where to even begin? The severely unlikeable main character, the weird racial comments, the two second switch to all is well at the end, the glossing over of the completely inappropriate circumstances of a romantic relationship, the painful predictability...? The list goes on and o ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
While a good amount of this book focused on Josie's job as a director of admissions at a private school in San Francisco, at its heart, it also dealt with an aging parental figure and a daughter getting ready to leave for college (so yeah all the emotions).

The parents that were applying their rising kindergarteners were really quite ridiculous and overly entitled but the best part was Josie's responses to their emails, ultimately she deleted them but humorous none the less. If you've read Class
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN. Subtext: Let the freaking out, sucking up, buying in, overstating, under-listening, overselling, calling in of favors, pushing boundaries, and, in general appalling parental antics begin.

The more Bay Area parents feign "it's all good, everything will work out," my stats show what a higher pain in the ass quotient they are.

4 stars

There's no getting around it: this book was Hilarious with a capital H. Multiple times over the course of the book, I found mysel
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What’s the last book that had you laughing out loud?⁣

Me? THIS ONE. This book is so charming, so witty and fun, and chock full of LOLs.⁣

Is there anything more ridiculous than obscenely rich parents vying for their kids' admissions to an elite private school?⁣

The story follows 3 generations of Black women - Josie, a single admissions director at Fairchild, her daughter Etta, a senior preparing to head out into the world, and Aunt Viv, the matriarch who runs the school cafeteria … and I am NOT r
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the relationship of Aunt Viv, Josie, and Etta.
This book follows the life navigation of the 3. Josie, the main character, who was a young model who finds herself pregnant and moves to stay with her aunt Viv for help with her baby.
Josie has it all planned out, or so she thought. As she budgets her daughter Etta’s education and extra curricular activities, she’s planning her daughter’s college future. Josie also, being a single parent, would like to have a bit of romance.
Etta is nothing sh
Jessica | Booked J
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

After nearly two weeks of having mediocre reads that are aiming straight for the DNF pile, Tiny Imperfections single-handedly saved the slump I was in! Alli Frank and Asha Youmans create a perfectly dynamic duo and are definitely a team-up of writers you should be looking into--Ti
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to PRHGlobal for free copy. ***

Tiny Imperfection was entertaining fiction that revolved around Josie’s life and school admission season. It was about admissions at private school, drama, love, friendship, and at its heart of all it was about Bordelon family.

Romance wasn’t big part of the book. We aren’t even sure if there is possibility of romance until climax. Best part of th
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book ultimately fell flat. Which is a shame because it started off so well, but somewhere in the middle, the book just lost the allure for me and was no longer engaging. The main character started to annoy me and I became uninterested in the entire admissions story line. I kept reading to figure out how the climax of the romance was going to be written (bc lets the honest we saw it happening), however even that wasn’t all that interesting & didn’t keep my interest as much as i thought it wo ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, edelweiss
Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

If you've liked books like Small Admissions or Class Mom, this is the next great book you'll need. Set in the world of San Francisco's elite private schools, main character Josie is also dealing with her own daughter's college application process (which is fraught, since her daughter has her heart set on Julliard, and after her own experience withdrawing from college to pursue modeling, Josie has her mind set on he
Guinevere Mare
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, black-voices
Light, fun send-up of private school parents in San Francisco vying for kindergarten admissions. The authors skewer lawnmower parents, tech bros, and white privilege. Accurate! Giving it an extra star for the debut authors who are teachers writing from experience. They deserve it!
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was OK, but the witty banter between all the characters exhausted me. I think it just wasn't for me. I skipped a big section in the middle then read the last quarter of the book and didn't have any trouble picking up the plot line at the end. ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
As a Black woman working in a prestigious independent school, I found a lot of this book to be relatable and spot-on in terms of the cultural quirks, parent behavior etc. It was a fun read.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Josie is now an admissions office at a private school. She skipped college to go into modeling, thinking she would make more money that way, but it was not to be and, as she aged, she could no longer compete with the young ones.

She sees some things in common with her mother. She was dropped off at Aunt Viv’s when she was four. She left her child with Aunt Viv’s while she chased her career goals. But Etta is growing up now and she just wants the best for her. There’s a problem, though. Etta is sm
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a cute story but there was a lot of commentary within the book that I found a bit off putting. Just jokes and things you’d see people say in the 90s, before we all started to realize the problem with some of them. Idk. I started and stopped the book and almost didn’t pick it back up because of off putting I found some of the comments. Nothing egregious just little things here and there that rubbed me the wrong way. Overall the story was cute, though predictable.
Ashley Curran
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Josie’s modeling career is behind her and she’s now the admissions director of San Francisco’s most elite private school. She’s desperately trying to make sure her 17 year old daughter, Etta doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. Etta has her own agenda and has the support of Aunt Viv, the family matriarch. Josie’s best friend also thinks she needs to find love again. This is a funny, sweet story about trying to juggle it all, while keeping your family happy.

This story was so fun and cute! I l
Sam! at the bookstore
I got about 15% into this book before it was returned automatically to the library and...found I didn't want to put it on hold again. I was just not interested in the characters or their problems, and although it wasn't a predictable story, I just didn't have the motivation to keep reading. I also just wasn't a fan of the writing; it was a bit too...obvious? for me. The stereotyping ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not ready for those twist. So good. I love the family ties, from the Bordelon women, to the school admissions candidates; the way the book spoke to family was great. I love that Josephine was able to release and find, her. I can't recommend this book enough. ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is cringe-worthy, for so many reasons. I ended up skimming much of it.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! Josie is the admission counselor at an ultra exclusive private school in San Francisco after having a successful modeling career. The story centers around Josie, her high school dancer daughter Etta and her Aunt Vi, who has worked at the same private school for decades and who took Josie in as a child and raised her as her own. The most fun of the book comes in the form of emails from the parents of kindergarteners who are lobbying for admission to the school to Josie and then h ...more
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