Perfect Ten – By L. Philips


Goodreads Synopsis: It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. But when Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th.

Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend Landon might want another chance.

But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic. 

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This book looked like it would be a fun read so I gave it a try a couple months ago. But I ended up not enjoying it at all and even DNF it.

The Perfect Ten has a cute idea for a story, but sadly ended up having such bad writing and annoying characters that I couldn’t keep reading for the story. Sam, Landon and Meg are all terrible characters. Sam is self-centered, slut shame-y, rude to his friends, and hypocritical. Landon is a jealous mess who is more than a little toxic to Sam. And Meg is a weird combination of traits that felt slapped together in worst way possible.

So what about the plot? I honestly can’t say a lot about it because I didn’t get very far. But I was annoyed at Sam and his hypocrisy. He meets the french guy Gus and then throws a fit once he realizes that Gus already has a boyfriend in France, which is understandable. Obviously Sam wants monogamy and Gus didn’t communicate what he wanted. BUT then Sam goes around getting other guys numbers and kissing them and not being honest. It was a freaking mess.

I also want to say that I disliked the way the author treated Wicca as a whole, like it was just a stupid religion for rebellious teenagers, worth nothing more than a plot devise. Like really? In 2019? Come on! Plus you have the whole issue of the one true love trope, which again, it’s 2019! Why are we pushing this stupid agenda still? 

Anyway, then there was the writing, which was just not that great. The author chooses to write out Gus’ french accent in the weirdest, most annoying way possible. And the plot is predictable and cliche.

All around it was pretty terrible read. I gave the book 2 stars only because it is an LGBTQA+ read and at least its that?

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