Present Perfect by Alison G. Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beautiful, emotional, gripping, intense. Just couldn’t put this one down! How do you review a book like this... a story that makes you feel intensely, shatters your heart and destroys you. But also a beautifully unique story that takes you on such a journey and captivates you. This one really got to me.
Some people are just bonded in a special way. It’s like they were made for each other. They share this special connection. You can’t really explain in, it just is what it is. Amanda and Noah share this bond. They’ve known each other since the day they were born. Noah has always been the constant in Amanda’s life. Her knight in plastic armor. Amanda is unsure of herself. The only thing she has ever been sure about is Noah.
Amanda and Noah have been best friends since the day they were born, which happens to be the same day. They were born minutes apart. There is no one better than Noah. Noah is everything to Amanda.
Noah had always been my best friend, my partner in crime, my soul mate, the love of my life. My everything.
Noah has always been there for Amanda. No matter what. He protects her, stands by her, loves her unconditionally. Even as children, he is the one perfect thing in her life. The one thing she can count on, no matter what.
‘I promise, I won’t let anything bad happen to you again, Tweet.’
As Amanda and Noah get older, their feelings for each other start to change. They grow and develop. Amanda starts to feel something more than friendship for Noah, but she doesn’t think he could ever return those feelings. Amanda has some serious self esteem/self worth issues.
Noah deserved perfect because he was, and I was as far from perfect as you could get.
Noah has some serious feelings for Amanda. He is in love with her. He wants more than friendship with her, but all she ever does is push him away.
“You deserve better than me, Noah.”
“There isn’t anyone better than you for me.”
Amanda has always felt unworthy... never good enough. She feels as though her older sister is the perfect one. She tries to be perfect, but no matter what she does, she just doesn’t feel she’s worth it. While reading, you will get frustrated with Amanda. You may want to scream at Amanda, you might even want to throw something at her... All Noah wants is for her to know that she is enough. Noah knows Amanda is perfect for him. She just doesn’t believe it.
As time goes on, things between them get complicated. Remaining friends only isn’t easy for the two of them. Noah wants to be more. Tweet knows that if she and Noah get together for real, she will somehow screw it up. That can’t happen. She can’t lose Noah. He is the most important thing in her life. Amanda is instant they stay ‘just friends’.
Noah tries and tries to get Amanda to see that she is what he wants. The only one he wants. Nothing could ever break their bond.
The story follows Noah and Amanda from childhood until college age. It is such a devastating journey. There were points I had to put the nook down and take a ‘chapter break’. My heart just couldn’t take it. My heart was beating out of my chest... I swear this book gave me hives. I was just distraught. Amanda’s insecurities was the cause of so much pain and devastation for herself and Noah.
“I can’t be around you right now. It hurts too much., because I am so completely and desperately in love with you, Tweet.”
‘There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t loved you. I wish you would just let me love you.”
“I just need some time to figure out how I can have you in my life without having you be my life.”
“You do have me. Every part of me. You just don’t want me.”
“I can’t lose you. You’re my everything. Not having you in my life wrecked me before, but not having you in my world would completely destroy me.”
Noah was one of the most amazing guys. He wasn’t perfect, he made his fair share of mistakes, but he was only doing the best he could with the situation he was thrown into. You will fall in love with this guy. It’s just impossible not to.
There were so many other important characters in this story... many of them I felt a crazy amount of hate for. And most of their names started with the letter ‘B’. Also a character I loved named Dalton who was there for Amanda when she really needed someone.
I loved how unpredictable this story was. Things started happening that really shocked me. I truly didn’t know what was going to happen next or how everything was going to turn out. Then I got hit with a giant curve ball that I didn’t see coming at all. It was a total game changer.
Not every day do I pick up a book that has this strong of an impact on me. This book gave me a major case of ‘the feels’. And how I love books that make me feel. Cry, sob, laugh, smile, just FEEL. It gave me the same feelings I had while reading The Sweet Gum Tree, Thoughtless, That Boy and (view spoiler)[TFiOS (hide spoiler)]. It really pulled on my heartstrings. It was angsty, it was heartbreaking, it was incredible. The writing was amazing. The story was frustrating and beautiful. You will need massive amounts of tissues while reading this one... and don’t forget the chocolate cake! An unforgettable journey of two people who were truly meant to be together.
Everyone deserves a thank you and goodbye.
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