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Halfway Perfect Paperback – May 5, 2015
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From moment one, all I wanted was to see Eve succeed. On the outside, it seems she has been dealt a pretty awesome hand. She was a successful model in her teens and she’s smart and (obviously) pretty. But that modelling success costs her so much more than most people realize. The fact that she made so much money means it’s impossible for her to receive financial aide for school, despite the fact that her parents spent all her money and she’s now completely broke. Plus, there was a very real reason she left that life behind and a hatred for the art of modeling is not it. This girl is so smart and funny and determined to make a life for herself that I envy her drive. If I went through everything she had and then still had to fight like hell to get the high level college education she was going for, I can’t say I would have even made the effort.
Then we have Alex. Hot, cocky, and extremely photogenic, I wasn’t sure I’d like him initially.Read more ›
Eve and Alex both are stand-out characters in their own right. Eve was a model with some pretty horrible experiences, but she’s survived it all, and now wants to make a name for herself as a photographer. Intelligent, determined and independent, she is an ‘eyes on the prize’ sort of person, not allowing the many difficulties or distractions prevent her from reaching her dream.
The inclusion of Alex was interesting for two reasons: first as a character he has a solid voice and a plan for his life, not to mention his obvious (and displayed) love for his often crazy family. Secondly, he’s solidly a “good guy” with a genuine regard for Eve, even before the romance started to develop. The perspective of a male model was an interesting one, giving readers a look at the industry in a fresher way, and seeing the similarities and differences for both Eve and Alex as they navigate the minefield.
I loved that the romance was developed and not instant: while the attraction was obvious, the banter and gentle transition through collegial interactions to some steamy romance was paced with care, and never felt pushed or rushed. And the support that they provided for one another when the wholly greasy and despicable antagonist started to worm into events gives readers a chance to cheer and jeer with equal measure.Read more ›
One may argue that the author of Halfway Perfect did not bring anything new. Yes, that’s true. It’s known that fashion world is a cruel one. It’s known that people will do anything to get media attention and to succeed (even go into a fake relationship), it’s also known that in abusive relationships the victim is taking all the blame. Here, it’s not that the authors revealed something new to readers. It’s the way these already known issues are raised, processed, written, and delivered. How Julie Cross and Mark Perini did that is pure perfection.
The story is told in dual POV, and each voice is easily distinguished. Their writing is flawless. Due to that I was hooked from the first page. Another great thing in this story are the characters, both main and secondary, both heroes and villains. They are all so alive and written with so many details it was pure enjoyment to read. I like how both main characters (Eve and Alex) changed through the story, but I also like how the villain’s true face was revealed at the end. The authors did a great job in exploring Alex’s family dynamic. The bond between three brothers and little sister is done amazingly .
Halfway Perfect is not an easy read. It contains violence and it realistically portrayed the fashion world. But that’s only part of what drew me in. Its realistic descriptions of the fashion world, and a bad relationship is what I liked the most in this story.
Multi-layered, complex, realistic, that is Halfway Perfect. I highly recommend it.
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I started reading Halfway Perfect on 12/13/15 and finished it on 12/18/15. Reading this book allows me to think about what goes on in the model's mind before pictures are taken,... Read morePublished 14 days ago by How Useful It Is
Eve Castle was on the way to the top, a fashion model about to sign a contract that would cement her career, until a terrible event made her decide to walk away from it all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Rogers ClarkIV
One time model, Eve, is rebuilding her life. Now a student at a University, Eve gets the opportunity to interview a world famous photographer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emily Heisler
I enjoyed this. It gives good insight to the world of modeling and the effects/pressures it can have on young teens. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kristy
Quality work and definitely worth the cost. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!Published 5 months ago by Ford C. Smith
Definitely worth the read. As a male model now in my mid-20s, I found this book to be entertaining and applicable-- not just from someone in the modeling world, but to anyone... Read morePublished 7 months ago by KaiBraden[dot]com
I couldn't put this book down! Finally a book that reveals the true world of what modeling is really like, through the author's lens. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Laura Scaduto-Vigneaux
I thought this was very well written and told a great story of a sensitive topic that is very important. I will definitely be reading this author again.Published 12 months ago by Kim Conroy
Julie Cross did it again! What a phenomenal read. Halfway Perfect was amazing, and definitely surpassed my expectations. I was completely hooked from the beginning until the end. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nori