ARC Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini!!!

Posted May 8, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Halfway Perfect
Julie Cross and Mary Perini
Release Date: 05/05/2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Received From: Netgalley
Synopsis:

Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.

Eve’s time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she’s determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.

While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.

But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won’t let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?


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Julie Cross did it again! What a phenomenal read. Halfway Perfect was amazing, and definitely surpassed my expectations. I was completely hooked from the beginning until the end. From the characters to the plot to the surprises to the setting, everything was amazing. Also, kudos to her co-author, Mark Perini. I never would have guessed that Halfway Perfect was written by two authors. All of the transitions were flawless, and definitely gave me some good tips for the book that I’m currently co-writing! 😉

Meet Eve, a former model who has done almost everything to hide from her past. While modeling may seem like a fun job, it was anything but fun for her. After she made her shocking exit from modeling, she entered college, and became extremely interested in photography. But one day, a photography internship caused her to re-enter the world of modeling, but this time, from behind the camera. With so many deep and dark secrets from her past, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Eve’s life becomes tangled yet again, trying to discover what was true and what was fake. And if her past didn’t cause her enough struggles, meeting a relatively new model, Alex, definitely threw another variable into her life. As Eve and Alex started becoming closer and closer, secrets were eventually bound to be revealed. And when they were…everything changed.

Wow, I loved this book, especially the characters. Something that I found extremely interesting was that there were a ton of layers to Eve. Sure, she used to be a model. Sure, she enjoyed photography. But she was so much more than that! She was smart, yet clueless. She was sarcastic, yet sweet. I honestly just loved her! Also, I really enjoyed learning about her past. Julie Cross did an incredible job of showing Eve’s story without simply telling it. That is hard to pull off, but she did it perfectly.

One of the reasons why I think that I was so engrossed in this novel was because I knew that there were hidden meanings to everything. I could tell that everything was not what it seemed, and almost all of the characters were hiding something. The difference was, the secrets that the characters held were all different. Some secrets were kept due to necessity and fear of retaliation, while others were kept for good purposes, while others were simply evil. It was crazy- there was never a dull moment in the book.

Also, I found it interesting to read a book from a model’s point of view. Do I know whether everything was accurate from the book? No, I do not. But, the important thing is, now I want to know! This piqued my interest, and now I want to go read more books with models! I want to learn about the process. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to become a model myself, but as a reader, it was very interesting to learn).

Overall I really enjoyed this book and give it 5/5stars.

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4 responses to “ARC Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini!!!

  1. Well, I find myself more unsure than ever! See, I don’t know if I would hate the modeling stuff… I don’t knowwww because your review makes it sound quite good, I love the extra layers and the fact that the plot moves so well. UGH. Maybe I will just have to read it! Aren’t you supposed to be finding me ways to have fewer books? 😉 Kidding, kidding!

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