Beautifully Flawed #1
Author: Cassandra Giovanni
Publisher: Show n'ot Tell Publishing
Published: March 6, 2014
Source: author for review
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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
After I finished Flawed Perfection, I sat down with my book journal and pen to try and write down my thoughts. This book sent me on a roller coaster of emotions, one that would rival the tallest, most daring coaster you could find at a theme park. I felt happy, angry, frustration, and such sorrow. So I feel that would be the best way for me to share my review with you. I'm going to take each emotion and explain where it came from.
Happy/Love: I loved River and Adam. I loved that she made him man up and be the best man he could be for her. Once he got over himself, Adam was so loving. He took great care of River and of Tara when she needed it. I loved River. She's a strong character. When anyone pisses her off, River will waste no time telling them what she thinks. Together, they could take on those that try to break them down.
Angry/Disappointment: One word: Bobby. He spent the majority of this book being a douche to everyone. When things don't go his way, Bobby will lash out and make everyone just as miserable as he is. And to be honest, I hated him for most of the book. If I could punch him, I probably would have. As I continued reading, it became clear that he had underlying issues that he had to work through to become the person River and Adam loved. By the end of the book, I was rooting for his happiness. Everyone deserves to be loved and I think that was what Bobby was missing. In addition to Bobby, both sets of parents made me so angry. Why was Adam and Bobby's mom so against River? Would she have liked her more if she was dating Bobby? I wanted all four parents to butt the hell out of their lives, especially River and Adam's moms. I could have slapped them too.
Frustration: I got a little frustrated for River at the beginning of the book. She loves Adam, but he seemed hell bent on not noticing. Bobby loves her, but he can also act out against her. I just wanted her to find someone that'll love her enough to be with her. While I was reading the scenes between Adam and River, I wanted to yell at them.
Sorrow: The ending! Oh my, god. That ending. Just when you think all is well with Adam and River and Bobby and Tara... And then WHAM! The last scene tore my heart out.
Overall, I really enjoyed Flawed Perfection. I read the synopsis right before I started the book and I had a couple false starts. I wasn't sure if I was in the right place to start a heart-wrenching book. One night, I just went for it and finished it a day and a half later. I could not put it down. By the end of the book, I loved the characters, even with all their faults. Bobby eventually won me over. River and Adam built a strong relationship on top of a rocky foundation. It is not all sunshine and daisies in this book, and I think I enjoyed it more because of that. I appreciate the emotions that the book evoked. I enjoyed it more because I was able to latch on to characters enough to want the best for them. I wanted Bobby to find love. I wanted Adam and River to be happy. I may have been angry with certain characters or frustrated, but I think that is the reason why I enjoyed the book so much.
...I hope that makes sense. *grin*
Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.