Review: A Perfect Mess by Zoe Dawson

17700828Blurb from Goodread

I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.

As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.

Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published August 5th 2013 by Blue Moon Creative
language edition: English
series: A Perfect Mess
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This story started with a good scene which I never expected will be that way. As much as it’s kinda weird, I think it’s hilarious and makes me laugh. And then the mystery regarding Aubree’s leaving for college and never come back to her little town in nine months engage me to the story. I really want to know more about it. Add it with Aubree and Booker relationship which I think is really good. I like the way they tease each other and their take slowly relationship. It’s really an engaging story for first part of the book.

But then, it’s a little bit loose track after that. The more I read it, the more I feel like everything is too easy for the characters and the story. I’m not buying it anymore, though I’m still glue to the story. It’s like everything are there to make the story ends perfectly in a happy ending kind of way. To be honest, after the first few chapters, I have my guess about what the mystery is and am curious of how the author handle it. Apparently, my guess is right, just like what I predicted but it doesn’t make me happy because I’m not satisfied with the result, the way the characters handle it. It sounds wrong and too easy for them. It makes it kind of unbelievable to me. There are also things that are quite weird and I just couldn’t believe it. Booker is a nineteen years old success author who only needs nine months to make him wealthy. Wealthy as in has 3 expensive cars, a house for himself, a house for her mom and help his brothers to have their own career, again I’m not buying it.

Aside story, I also have to admit that I don’t quite like character names in this book; Booker, Boone, River Pearl, Verity, Aubree (why can’t she just have a normal Aubrey name?). It might be just me since I never heard and read those names before. But it sounds that their name are only created for the story, too made-up to be in real life. Hence it’s kinda hard to connect with them.

All in all, I think this could be a very good story. I liked and enjoyed half of it. Unfortunately the other half doesn’t end well for me. However, I want to read the rest of the Outlaws, Booner and Braxton story.

ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.
Result: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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