Perfect on Paper

Sophie Gonzales

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
emotional medium-paced

304 pages | first published 2021

Everyone in school knows about Locker 89. If you slip a letter in outlining your relationship woes, along with a fiver, an anonymous source will email you with the best advice you've ever gotten.

Darcy Phillips, a quiet, sweet junior, is safe in the knowledge no one knows she's the genius behind locker 89. Until Brougham, a senior, catches her.

The deal Brougham offers is tempting: in exchange for his silence--and a generous coach's fee to sweeten the deal--Darcy can become Brougham's personal dating coach to help him get his ex-girlfriend back.

And as for Darcy, well, she has a fairly good reason to want to keep her anonymity. Because she has another secret. Not too long ago, she abused locker 89 to sabotage the budding romance of her best friend, Brooke. Brooke, who Darcy's been in love with for a year now.

Yeah. Brooke can't find out about that. No matter what.

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lighthearted 80%
funny 61%
hopeful 61%
emotional 58%
reflective 32%
inspiring 25%
challenging 12%
informative 12%
relaxing 12%
adventurous 3%
tense 3%


medium 48%
fast 48%
slow 3%

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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