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Present Perfect

Present Perfect - Alison G. Bailey
“I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him.”

These two lines made me pick up this book! I have a soft spot for "best friends fall in love" stories! The book starts out brilliant! Absolutely beautiful! The main heroes, Amanda and Noah's friendship is so touching that happy tears were streaming down my face while reading about it.

Amanda and Noah were born on the same day and they grew up together. They are best friends, soul mates, and it's almost inevitable that their feelings with time transform to love.

Up until the 20-30% of the book the story was wonderful! I'm sad to say though that after that point it was PURE TORTURE!

You think I'm being over-dramatic here? Well, read it and you'll see. I'm telling you, it WAS AGONIZING! My heart and soul were hurting so much I was emotionally drained when I finished the book!

I love reading romantic books and I'm not scared of some drama in them, but in Present Perfect it was way too much! I considered DNF this book like a hundred times, not because it was written badly (the writing was actually pretty amazing!) but because I couldn't take it anymore.

I've found the story ooover-dramatic! Amanda and Noah are madly, deeply in love with each other! There are no secrets between them, they have great chemistry. So how easy it would be for them to be together, right? The problem is, Amanda is so self-conscious she thinks Noah deserves better, even when he declares his undying love for her. Typical. *rolls eyes*

I was so frustrated with Amanda I wanted to strangle her! She kept pushing Noah away, and Noah, like a puppy kicked to the curb, kept coming back.

“There hasn’t been a day in my life that I haven’t loved you. I wish you would just let me love you,” he said”

“You’ve always been my girl and always will be. No one will ever take me away from you, Tweet. You’re my heart and soul and that’s never going to change, no matter what you say.”

Amanda doesn't want Noah, but she doesn't want anybody else have him either.
That's when the chain of bad events start and they keep coming.

Let me explain you how it goes in this book....

First comes a brick...

then another...

and another...

and they just keep coming...

And when you think the worst is over: COMES A FULL CUPBOARD!!!

When you think you can't take it anymore, do you think it gets better? Wrong! It kicks you on the ground one more time for good measure!

I really missed the balance in the book. Even the drama would have been okay if balanced out with some happy moments. But no, 95% of the book was true emotional torture!

But don't you worry, we get a kind-of-happy ending.
I'll be honest, at that point I was so drained from all the emotions I just took it with blank face.

For the great writing and the brilliant beginning:

*** 3 agonizing stars ***