Far From Perfect (The Valentines #2) by Holly Smale #bookreview #YA #romance #contemporary

Title: Far From Perfect

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher:  HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

Publication Date: July 23, 2020

Page Count:  449

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

The second sensational book in the Valentines series – a hilarious and heart-aching story about the impossible standards for being a girl.

Be yourself but, you know, someone else . . .

Enthusiastic but not desperate; calm but not dull; funny but not try-hard; sparky but not crazy; feisty but not aggressive; beautiful but relatable; elegant but not icy; confident but not arrogant; feminine but not girly; nice but not boring.

Faith Valentine has it all – fame, money and extraordinary beauty. But what she wants more than anything is a quiet life away from the cameras. Except nobody ever asks Faith what she wants, and her family’s expectations are crushing her.

The world thinks she’s perfect, but is there is more to perfection than meets the eye?

Far From Perfect by Holly Smale is the second book of the young adult contemporary romance The Valentines series. Each book of this series features one of the Valentine sisters so they could read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so with the main character changing with each new book. There is some character development of the other siblings involved within each though for those that enjoy the series from the beginning.

The Valentines are a famous family and the children of the family have grown up in the limelight just like their famous parents. Hope, Faith and Mercy, the Valentine sisters have had expectations thrown at them all their lives. Faith however has really only wished for one thing, to be normal. Faith is not sure she wants to be in the spotlight or follow along in her famous family’s footsteps.

First, I will say that I am way past the age of the target audience for this young adult read but every once in a while I just want something fluffy and fun and the Valentine’s fit that wish. Now don’t get me wrong, these girls in this series are struggling with their growing pains and that of being in a spotlight but overall the books are cute and humorous while dealing with their teen angst that meant so much at that age. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the older siblings as much as their over the top younger sister but I really enjoyed Faith as a lead and following her journey to self discovery. After enjoying the first two books of this series I will definitely continue onto the next.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Holly Smale was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modeling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red, and breaking things she couldnt afford to replace. By the time she had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English literature and an MA in Shakespeare, she had given up modeling and set herself on the path to becoming a full-time writer. Her novel Geek Girl was the #1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013, and it was short-listed for several major awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. She currently lives in London, England.

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2 Comments on “Far From Perfect (The Valentines #2) by Holly Smale #bookreview #YA #romance #contemporary

    • Thanks Sandy!! I picked this one up after a long day just to have something to make me laugh and relax a bit..😄


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