Monday, May 18, 2015

Review | Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Review | Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini" class="ubb-image alignleft">Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Netgalley

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?


I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I am so thrilled that this book is out in the world now for everyone to enjoy! Having the chance to read an eARC of this title, was not my first time tagging along in this spectacular journey penned by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. Almost two years ago (!?!?) I had the opportunity to beta read Halfway Perfect for Mark and Julie and in no time, I was finished with it and gushing over how much I loved this story. It’s one that I think everyone can relate to in one way or another, which is what makes this book super special.

Halfway Perfect is about Eve, a former model turned photography student, has landed an internship with a big time photographer. Of course, this means entering back into the modeling world she abruptly left behind, but instead of being in front of the camera, she’s looking at things behind the camera. With her dark and complicated past in the modeling world, Eve tries her darnedest to get by without being recognized, but that all changes when she finds herself on the set of a modeling shoot with her former agent nearby.

Alex is an up and coming model who meets Eve on the set of one of his shoot. Alex has his career to worry about, but when he has to fake a relationship with his costar, who happens to be underage, things get a little tricky. Of course things get even more tricky when a relationship between Alex and Eve becomes a little more than just friends. Will they both be able to handle the trials thrown their way or will it cause them to go their separate ways?

What I loved most about Halfway Perfect is the fact it shows us the not so glamorous side of the modeling world. Sure, this is a fictional story, but it allows you to imagine just how imperfect this deemed perfect world can be. With so much of the world being consumed with how we should look based on advertisements and TV shows, this is a refreshing look into all that goes along with the world of modeling. This book tackles some tough stuff, including weight & the struggles to be “thin”, as well as the delicate relationships between models and agents, models and other models, and so on.

 Halfway Perfect deals with some pretty tinder issues and it was handled so beautifully. The characters that Cross and Perini created developed so nicely throughout the story. And the situations they had to face, while being difficult at times, were realistic and dealt with realistically as well. Both Alex and Eve grow so much from start to finish. It was fun experiencing this journey with both of them and seeing how they grew individually and also together. And while their relationship wasn’t short on ups and downs, the trials they faced were pivotal to the story.

It’s amazing that this story was written by two individuals. I think Julie Cross and Mark Perini did a phenomenal job creating the voices for the story & having the ability to write from alternate POVs, all while making the reader experience the story as if it were written by one person.
(If that makes any sense!)

I’ve been a Julie Cross fan for several years now and will gladly pick up and of her books the day they are released. Now having read something also written by Mark Perini, I am hopeful that this isn’t the last published work we will see from him. Hell, I’d welcome another book co-written by these two any day! This book is proof that they make a fantastic writing duo!

Halfway Perfect is a story that I’ve already read twice and will certainly read time and time again.

Five out of five stars


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