Almost Perfect was a book that I judged by its cover – a lanyard and a wristband caught my attention. The book starts out at a QueerCon devoted to television shows with queer characters. I was hooked early on when one of the characters said “I’m just so pleased the studio hired an actor with cerebral palsy to play the character. It infuriates me when able-bodied actors are hired to play disabled characters. Don’t you agree?” This character and the disabled character were only bit parts as the queer characters were more of the main characters – but representation matters and as a straight girl with CP – that is what caught my attention.
Our main character, Olivia, meets blogger/writer/journalist Riley and they hit it off at the con. They sneak off for a few meals and then decide to try long distance dating after the con. Of course it wouldn’t be a good book without some drama and Riley says some terrible things to Olivia and they break up for a bit. Will they get back together and have the happy ending everyone around them seems to think they deserve? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out.
This book was a quick read and I really enjoyed it (yes even as a straight reader) and am looking forward to checking out some more books from this author in the future!
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
Olivia Duran has made being a TV fangirl her life. Creating fan art sure beats her job as a parking lot attendant, and immersing herself in fictional worlds where girl gets girl helps her cope with her less-than-happy reality. If anyone deserves a little escapism, it’s Olivia.
Queer entertainment influencer Riley St. James has a huge following and an even bigger secret that could tank her career. Somewhere along the way her love for TV turned into a job that pays the bills. She’s never told anyone she sometimes has to fake it.
When Riley and Olivia attend QueerCon, Olivia gifts her favorite actress one of her drawings and goes from unknown to overnight sensation, while devoted fans flock to Riley, who only has eyes for Olivia. Navigating the world of long-distance dating, career crisis, and family obligations, Olivia and Riley begin to wonder: Can their real-life love ever be as perfect as those they see on-screen?