Present Perfect by Alison Bailey

Present Perfect - Alison G. Bailey

This was a disappointing book :( I mean, it's the typical New Adult romance—throw in some angst, a lot of I-like-you-but-can't-be-with-you lines, a hot guy who is always at the right place and at the right time, bam! Instant NA. I'm just tired of reading the same concept over and over again that I felt numb and indifferent towards the plot, eventually. And really, stop labeling yourselves as "just best friends" when you obviously treat each other more than just normal best friends. It's painfully annoying :( Also it has become a trend for these types of books to pull something complicated out of a simple situation. I mean really I get it, you don't want to cross the line then DON'T. Just because you're not "doing it" doesn't mean it's not crossing the line. What made this book a little less complicated was that at least, she has been straightforward about her reasons of not wanting to be his girlfriend. But for fuck's sake let us save everyone the pain and misery and just give in already!!! Not every relationship is doomed to failure. Love involves risk. They should have known that before falling in love with each other. I guess what I'm just trying to say is cut the crap with the shallow issues and give me something more. Something more believable and really impossible for them to be together. Because these are just strings of bad decisions that could have been avoided. Immensely bad choices and consequences making it hard for me to perceive it as something realistic :( I need to connect DEEPLY with the characters and their conflicting emotions making me feel every inch of their stubbornness and indecision as my own when thrown in the same situation. They don't want to cross the line but they already have PLENTY OF TIMES so really... There's no point with the whole temporary breakups. Sigh. And I just want to point out that Amanda cries A LOT.

And then about 70% in the book, we get conflict in Amanda's side. Conflict as in a problem within the family wherein the one will need the other's support. Before they went off to college Noah went through a tragedy and at this point it's Amanda's turn. So I was reading aimlessly thinking a bunch of theories that could possible go wrong and settled on a hypothesis and then when it was finally revealed, I did a double take. As in, what the fuuuuuu*k? Are you kidding me? It's not the bad WTF kind, more of a surprised one. And I'm surprised I was surprised because I thought I have everything figured out. I guess I was being a know-it-all. Teehee. Sorry. I really thought though, that the story would start to pick up and reel me in only to disappoint me. Again. I thought the story line is going to be salvaged and that I was going to get what I've been asking for but I didn't. Don't get me wrong, I was truly heartbroken for Amanda. I'm not totally indifferent about her situation. Probably the wisest decision she has ever made was trying to fend off her dependency on Noah during her bone cancer The character I liked best in this book was Dalton. He's cocky but insightful and everything I was ranting about in this review, he pointed out to Amanda. So I owe him a thank you. Overall, the book was not bad. It's just.. meh. Nothing really uber special that will make it stand out from all the other cliché NA plots out there. Although you should give this a chance, this is just not my cup of tea ;) Happy Reading!