Romance-heavy books can be hits or misses for me. Let’s be honest, they’re normally misses – I need more than romantic angst, although I do enjoy it as well, in its place. This book is a complete romance, with some other issues mixed in, but it worked so well for me in spite of that – actually, it was the way the romance was portrayed that made me fall in love with this romance.
I talked a bit about this in a previous post, so I’ll focus on the book itself now. We met protagonist Harper in the first book in this series, Biggest Flirts, so she was already a background character that you knew a little about if you read the first book like I did. I didn’t remember much about her, though, so it was pretty much a blank slate. It’s definitely helpful to read the first book before this, so you know a little about the election for superlatives as well as one of Harper’s best friends, Tia. You can still jump into this book without worrying about this too much.
There’s plenty of romantic drama in this book. Harper was named “Perfect Couple That Never Was” along with a very popular boy she’s never been all that interested in, but now she can’t help but notice him. She’s obviously conflicted because she doesn’t know if she truly has feelings for him or if it’s just because everyone seems to think they’re a good couple. There’s also some more drama surrounding that later on, but it just added to the drama in a way that seemed a bit over the top to me. Despite the fact that it was a bit too much at times for me, I found myself rooting for this couple, even though Brody and Harper were both in relationships when this book began. It also had one of those annoying tropes where the boyfriend becomes a jerk to make things easier for the budding romance.
I liked the romance, but for me, the shining part of this book was Harper herself. She has plenty of romantic drama, but she’s also doing her best to figure out who she is. She’s an introvert who’s never really been into guys in a sexual way like her friends, so this was a great look at budding sexuality without Harper seeming too young. She’s also trying to find herself, both in terms of her interests, fashion, and her fractured family.
This was definitely my favorite book out of this series. Harper was just so relatable – I don’t know if everyone will agree with that, because it’s the fact that she’s just beginning to discover her sexuality as a senior in high school, but I want more protagonists like her. I definitely want to check out some more of Jennifer Echols’s books, and I recommend the Superlatives series if you want interesting characters and lots of romantic drama.
Title: Perfect Couple
Position: Book Two in the Superlatives Trilogy
Author: Jennifer Echols
In this second book in The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Harper and Brody think they’re an unlikely match—but the senior class says they belong together.
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.
Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can’t see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.
The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. 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 they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?