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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross, Mark Perini
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 5, 2015
(Last Updated On: November 1, 2021)
Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry.
Eve's time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she's determined to build a career behind the camera lens. But landing a coveted photography internship brings her face to face with her dark past-and her ex.
While Eve is snapping pictures, up-and-coming male model Alex is launching his career-which, for him, involves maintaining a fake relationship with his (secretly) underage co-star, Elana.
But Alex is falling for Eve, and Eve won't let herself get hurt again. If Alex can pull off a fake love with Elana, can he convince Eve to risk a secret affair with him?
Ever since I was young, I’ve been completely interested and fascinated by the fashion industry, which was the original reason why I found this book to be so appealing. I’m so glad that I decided to give this one a read because it was quite amazing!
Halfway Perfect is about Eve and Alex. Eve used to be a model when she was younger but ran away from the industry and got into Columbia, where she now studies photography. Alex, on the other hand, is still currently a model who happens to work for the same very man that Eve used to work for. The two of them meet and as they get to know each other they begin to fall in love, though not without the usual ups and downs that all relationships must go through.
This book is told in dual perspectives, which I’m a huge fan of. It was great to see inside the head of Eve and Alex who both have differing views on the modeling world. I also loved how much the two of them cared for one another-it was very sweet. Halfway Perfect also touched upon the fact that not everything you see in media is real because facts can be changed to please the audience all the time, even though it’s extremely twisted. I appreciate that the authors didn’t shy away from that topic.
I also appreciated how this book wasn’t just a romance because there were many more underlying topics. I’d mention them, but I don’t want to spoil! On that note, give this book a read. You’ll fly through it in no time and you’ll fall in love with both Alex and Eve.