Review: Perfect Couple (Superlatives #2) by Jennifer Echols

Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

*I received a copy through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

Quirky, flirty, sweet, heartwarming, dramatic are just some of the adjectives I can use to describe this latest novel by Jennifer Echols. Geeky photographer Harper getting matched together with impulsive quarterback Brody almost seems like a joke at first. Talk about total opposites. Still Harper can not deny that she's always felt a certain attraction towards him, and with the senior class thinking they are perfect for each other, has her left wondering to maybe finally act on that.

Cue the drama, because Harper still has her boyfriend Kennedy and Brody is with Grace, kind of. Though Kennedy is a conceited jerk, and technically she's only with him since they have so much in common so it's logical they should be a couple. It takes a while before she realizes that when it comes to love, logic isn't really a factor. Still going from geek to jock is a big change, and she believes they are not quite in the same range.

It turns out that Brody might also be interested in her, that's when things start turning interesting. While they've always gone to school together, these two people don't really know each other that well. Still slowly they are giving this attraction a chance, but it's mostly Harper being difficult because of some low self esteem issues. The whole jock and geek thing that doesn't mesh up in her mind. She thinks too much about labels honestly, and doesn't always see the people behind them.

Still all in all a fun read. All the characters have their appeal, though there are still a lot of stereotypes. The story line isn't the most intricate, but it has a nice flow to it. A very pleasant young adult story.

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The Author
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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