Title: Perfectly Imperfect
Author: Harper Sloan
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Mirror, mirror ... who's the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldn't grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all 'mean girls.'
And those mean girls were right - it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world - and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, that's definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because I'm completely imperfect.
And ... I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
I laughed. I cried. I sighed. I screamed and wanted to toss my Kindle. Why, you ask? I felt like Harper Sloan looked deep into my soul, pulled out so much of me and wrote my story on those pages. As I sit here attempting to write this review, I’m struggling with keeping the tears at bay. If you’re a woman, and have ever struggled with body image, like most of us have at some point in our life, you’ll love Willow Tate like I do. She’s amazing! The evolution of how love can help you find yourself is beyond words for me.
Willow Tate is part of a family who only see the outside. They themselves are broken and don’t see anything that is true and kind and what makes a person wonderful! Willow’s friends, Kirby and Eddie are a riot. Then enters Kane Masters, Mr. Hollywood himself. The surprise of Kane was that, from the first time he saw Willow, he felt a connection with her. Magic people… Do you believe in magic? I do! Even before Kane Masters, I did, and now I believe there is MAGIC in all the world for all of us!
I often find myself saying, “Everyone deserves to be loved!” In my mind, this is an underlying theme of Perfectly Imperfect. LOVE—learning to love yourself, others, and being open to love all around us! It doesn’t matter what our body looks like on the outside; it’s what is on the inside. Unfortunately society doesn’t always focus on being a good, kind, gentle, creative person. They focus on what’s going to make them money and how a person looks.
I’ve struggled with body image for years. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been taller than most of my friends, and even many guys. I have big hips, boobs and a crooked tooth. My weight has been up and down. Not because I don’t try, but because until recently I was doing all the wrong things for ME! As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize that those things that I hated all those years—my big hips, boobs and crooked tooth—make me ME! And that is AWESOME! There is no one else like me, and thankfully there never will be, because that would be WAYYYYY to much Heather to go around!
So like Willow, I’m a work in progress! With the love of my friends and family, I’ve been able to recognize that I’m Perfectly Imperfect and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
#IAmWillow. If I could give this book 1 MILLION Stars, I would <3
~ Review by Heather
Oh my goodness, that prologue had me sniffling and my heart breaking for Willow. I knew then that Perfectly Imperfect was going to be one of those books that was going to have me in ugly tears by the end of the book and YES, it most certainly did!!
Willow Tate has been through hell and back and she has been everyone's punching bag for so long that she's forgotten how to fight back. That is, until Kane Masters appears in her life.
As I read about Willow I thought, there are many of us that have gone through this and felt this way due to how others see us. I've been there many a time, yet I also know the power behind someone that helps us get/gain our confidence by believing in us and helping us see our beauty.
Kane Masters wasn't only sexy on the outside but also (especially) on the inside, because he saw the beauty Willow had still hidden to the world. I loved seeing how Kane was not only patient but truly loving when it came to Willow, showing her that he wanted her for her, and that he saw her true beauty. Oh my, poor Willow feels likes she's getting played because how is it that someone like Kane, who can have anyone he wants, wants her and only her?! Their road to happiness is not an easy one, not only because of the public eye constantly on them, but because of some family drama that has Kane keeping his mouth shut....you'll see what I mean.
All in all, I loved this book because it shows that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Like I said earlier, there are many of us that have suffered through something similar but as long as we have someone like Kane to support us and help us see that we all are beautiful in our own way, we will be able to be confident!
~ Review by Kara
Harper Sloan is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.