on November 17th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Mirror, mirror ÔÇª whoÔÇÖs the fairest of them all?
I still cringe when I hear that line. A fairy tale that had girls pretending they were the fairest, the most beautiful, and the most entitled. A fairy tale most couldnÔÇÖt grow out of turned my haunted childhood memories into a living nightmare. Girls who grew up believing that pile of garbage became the meanest of all ÔÇÿmean girls.ÔÇÖ
And those mean girls were right ÔÇô it was a line meant for all the beautiful people in the world ÔÇô and I knew the answer would never be me.
The women with long legs, flat stomachs, and perfect chests.
The type of women Kane Masters gravitated toward.
Well, thatÔÇÖs definitely not Willow Tate.
No. That will never be me.
Because IÔÇÖm completely imperfect.
And ÔÇª I hate myself.
I have no idea what Kane could possibly see in someone like me when he could have them.
ÔÇ£Do these pants make me look fat?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Maybe I shouldnÔÇÖt eat this after all.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£What will people think of me?ÔÇØ
Questions IÔÇÖm sure most every person out there has had, or still has, on a daily basis. The voice of insecurity bred into us by a society more concerned about physical appearances than things that actually matters. Beliefs that make us self-conscious, depressed, and afraid to be who we are. Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan is a book that deals with body image issues in a way that is moving and inspiring. Through Willow, Harper shows us that the opinion of others about ourselves donÔÇÖt matterÔÇöthe only one that does is our own.
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm a battlefield of strength versus weakness and reality versus my own mind.ÔÇØ ~Willow
We meet Willow Tate at her worst, right when sheÔÇÖs hitting rock bottom. After losing her mother in a car accident and blaming herself, Willow is drowning in her depression, and the only way she knows how to cope is to eat her feelings. SheÔÇÖs starving for love and affection that her stepfather and half-sister are unwilling to give her. Which leads her to marry the first man that shows her any attention, and subsequently live in a constant state of verbal abuse for years. Hearing on a daily basis how she isnÔÇÖt worth anything, too fat, and just plain a waste of space have worn her down. The day she finds her husband cheating, is the day she finally breaks free and starts fighting. But itÔÇÖs an uphill battle that will not be easy because her worst enemy is her own mind. It is during that time she meet Kane MastersÔÇöthe gorgeous and seemingly perfect Hollywood star.
ÔÇ£Who would guess that the real Kane Masters is a lonely little boy wandering around in a thirty-five-year-oldÔÇÖs skin second-guessing every decision heÔÇÖs made up to this point?ÔÇØ ~ Kane
Kane Masters seems to have it all. A successful career as an actor, directing his first movie, and the perfect physical appearance. However, despite his success Kane is lonely and longing for someone to be with, someone who wants him for who he is, not the actor making millions. And he has found that someone in Willow. The first time he meets her, he felt a connection. That one connection to another human being you are lucky to find once in your lifetime. He might notice her imperfections, but he is able to look past them to the woman she is underneath the bullshit other people piled on top of her. He sees the beauty others tried to diminish.
ÔÇ£When you break free of the fears that have held you back, youÔÇÖre going to be free to fly, and that, honey, is when youÔÇÖre going to find the happiness you deserve.ÔÇØ ~ Kane
Willow struggles to overcome her insecurities, and in the midst of this fight, she meets Kane. She canÔÇÖt believe heÔÇÖd ever be interested in someone like her. That all he will ever see are her flaws. It takes him a while to make her believe otherwiseÔÇöto show her the beauty she contains within herself. ItÔÇÖs through his love, and her inner strength, that she realizes she is beautiful in her own way. She might not be perfect, but she is perfect in her imperfections.
ÔÇ£When I look in the mirror, I wonÔÇÖt see what they will most likely say about me. IÔÇÖll see me, Willow Tate, the woman who isnÔÇÖt perfect, but she is perfect in her imperfections. They are not allowed to have that from me. IÔÇÖm not weak. I no longer fear words meant to tear me down because IÔÇÖm better than that. I love me for me.ÔÇØ ~ Willow
Of course, nothing in life, or fiction, is ever easy. There are people and secrets out to destroy Willow and Kane. But itÔÇÖs Willow who manages to piece them back together and fight for their love. Which, let me tell you, is great to see. The strength, she realizes has always been within her, starts to shine through and Willow becomes this beautiful person she was always meant to be.
ÔÇ£I know that out world will be full of imperfection, but IÔÇÖve found my little slice of flawless love and happiness here in KaneÔÇÖs arms. His love makes every second yet to come of out perfectly imperfect life something I know will never get old. Our connection will never fade. The magnificent that we both see in each other will only intensify the beauty we see in ourselves. ~ Willow
Harper Sloan does an amazing job conveying the emotions wreaking havoc within Willow. You can feel her despair, loneliness, desolation, and depression bleeding through the pages. The path Willow travels down in the beginning is a dark one, but seeing her develop into this strong, confident woman, who doesnÔÇÖt care what others think of her is beautiful.
ÔÇ£I want to give hope to those who need to know life isnÔÇÖt what others want for you, but what you want for yourself. Strength in the face of weakness.ÔÇØ ~ Kane
┬áPerfectly Imperfect is a striking story about finding oneself, and oneÔÇÖs inner strength, in the midst of darkness and heartbreak. I loved this storyÔÇöthe message it conveys, the characters, and its complexity. I cannot recommend this book enough!
ÔÇ£You see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.ÔÇØ ~ Kane
~ Review by Anja
ÔÇ£Are you nervous right now?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Tell me why.ÔÇØ ┬áHis demand, steady and calm, gives me the courage I need to tell him. ┬áTo open a vein and bleed my insecurities.
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm not perfect,ÔÇØ I whisper.
ÔÇ£And neither am I, Willow. ┬áI donÔÇÖt want perfect. ┬áWhat so many see as perfect, to me, is fake. ┬áPerfect isnÔÇÖt achievable naturally. ┬áNo one, and I mean no one, is perfect.ÔÇØ
IÔÇÖm shaking my head before heÔÇÖs even done speaking, but one long finger comes up and presses against my lips before I can speak.
ÔÇ£No, let me finish. ┬áThere isnÔÇÖt beauty in perfection. ┬áItÔÇÖs as fake as the image the word projects. ┬áBeauty is found in imperfection, Willow, because to admit youÔÇÖre not perfect means youÔÇÖre admitting youÔÇÖre not whole and absolute. ┬áWhen I think of myself, I see someone willing to admit heÔÇÖs as far from complete as it gets because, in order to get to that perfection, I need to find the other part of me who will make my life better. ┬áTo take all the faults I have and fill them, and only then will I be there. ┬áYou see, the way I see it, the only way to become perfect is to find that perfectly imperfect person who brings it out of you.ÔÇØ
When he stops, I swear I might have stopped breathing. ┬áHow am I supposed to respond to that?
ÔÇ£Do you trust me?ÔÇØ he asks, his voice strong and sure.
ÔÇ£Yes, Kane. ┬áNerves or not, I do.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Then let me show you what I see when I look at you.ÔÇØ
He brings his hands up, framing my face once again in a way IÔÇÖm quickly becoming addicted to the feeling of. ┬áHis warm eyes implore, begging me without words to let him continue. ┬áI do not intend to stop him, regardless of the butterflies currently taking over my system. ┬áIÔÇÖm all in.