“How do you know if a goal is worth it until you get it? We work hard for a lot of stuff. Should we not put in effort because the reward might not be what we thought?”
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
While You Asked For Perfect wasn’t the deepest or longest novel, that didn’t make it any less sweet and enjoyable. Ariel was a relatable protagonist, original and unique while still having universal anxieties. The plot fluttered between a modern teenage romance and Ariel’s personal issues, as well as plenty of detail about his family and their dedication to their Jewish faith. While I would’ve appreciated a slightly more resolved ending (this book was begging for an epilogue), the ending was nice and peaceful, which was a stark difference to the novel’s appropriately hectic beginnings. By the end, I found myself feeling proud of Ariel, and feeling a little bit more confident in my overachiever self.
Rating: four matzo balls/five
For fans of: Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli, The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg, This is Kind of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
Review by: Ivy
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