You Asked For Perfect is Laura Silverman’s sophomore publishing about gay, Jewish & anxious Ariel who’s on the verge of losing all the work he’s done to get into Harvard. He’s buried under AP course work, with a lesbian rock star in the making best friend and a little sister just starting to feel the academic pressure. Life is in a holding pattern until one less than perfect grade sends Ariel spiraling into an aloof cutie tutor.
About you asked for perfect:Title: You Asked for Perfect
Author: Laura Silverman
Pub. Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Contemporary, M/M, Young Adult
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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard - really hard - to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.
IMHOyou asked for perfect:
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman is wildly different from her debut, Girl Out of Water. Both SO good and the only similarities are being YA contemporary & including anxiety problems. I’m so impressed with her range and can’t wait to see what comes next.
The Goods –
- Ariel’s pronounced AR-iel, like ARRR! pirate not the Little Mermaid.
- Ariel’s little sister & their relationship is adorable. I love seeing positive brother/sister relationships.
- Couple uses ‘dork’ and ‘nerd’ as affectionate teasing pet names.
- Great, living, and involved parents all around
- Love how it’s about the assumed, presumed, and societal pressure rather than direct stress from parental figures like stereotypical ‘Asian dad/tiger mom’ scenarios
- Anxiety attacks are no joke. Ariel’s are enough to bring tears to my eyes. I had to take a break after the ‘I’m such a fuck up failure ruining everything’ one. Really makes me appreciate how I’ve tamed mine in the last two years.
- Volunteering at a doggie shelter <3
- I just learned a couple of months ago on Twitter that security is common for Jewish synagogues. Seeing it brought to life on the page really brings home the reality of the situation.
- There’s this moment that Ariel could’ve skated by doing the easy thing and I was worried the story would turn predictable. But there wasn’t even a hesitation before doing the right thing. It’s the moment that took You Asked For Perfect from good to great for me.
- Well-fitting and -meaning open ending. This isn’t a simple solution to be had and I’m just happy with the happy for now aspect. Sweet, reassuring, but not sugar coated.
Let Me Explain –
Yes, there was a point where I got tired of his shit. But it struck the right balance with Ariel’s unreasonable response to reasonable concerns. Not too much that I was driven away and not too little that it was pointless.
While there are reality check moments regarding class and financial privilege, it’s essential a bunch of rich kids. Decidedly, NOT spoiled stupid brats. They acknowledge their luck and position. I’m just saying, be careful about reading it if you’re going through a hard time. At different points in my teens, this book would’ve been a balm or salt in a wound for both reason.
I am ecstatic kids will seen themselves in You Asked For Perfect, but I also really hope it’ll get teachers and parents to clue in to these issues and make changes.
Top 3 Quotes:
I’m not smart enough. I’m an impostor. If I’m going to lose everything I’ve worked for, at least I don’t have to do it in front of an audience. -Ariel
No one told me that I’d have to know every answer to every test and also be a “unique” individual” following my life’s calling at seventeen. – Ariel
Look, I know getting into an Ivy is the first priority for you guys, but some of us have to get into school and also be able to afford tuition. Great isn’t always enough for scholarships. – Isaac
Personally, I’m a follower of Laura’s on Twitter. That’s actually how I found her before her debut. I highly recommend adding her to your feed! And don’t forget to check out her first book, Girl Out of Water!
Prize: Win a copy of YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT by Laura Silverman (INT)
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Start Date: 11th February 2019
End Date: 24th February 2019