Perfect Ten by L. Philips

Perfect Ten

L. Philips

A YA misadventure with a sweet dollop of magical realism, Perfect Ten is a delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.

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Who is Sam Raines's Perfect Ten? 
It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. When Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the thirteenth.
Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Landon, might want another chance.
But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.

Advance Galley Reviews

Clichéd, predictable, boring. Almost wish I hadn't bothered finishing this one. I suppose it is nice to read flawed characters as they try to evolve, but this just wasn't well done.

I got nervous when I went to read this because I saw a bunch of not great reviews on Goodreads. I am so glad I still gave it a go because I thought it was cute and a really addicting read. Sam has been single for two years since breaking up with boyfriend, Landon, the only other eligible gay guy at his school. In a desperate attempt to get out of his dry spell Sam lets his Wiccan best friend Meg perform a love spell to find someone with the ten traits he wants in a boyfriend. When three guys seems to come into Sam's life shortly after he wonders if it was really the spell or if will ever find his "perfect ten". What was super refreshing for me was that this was a book about a gay teen and that was it. It was him coming out or dealing with bullies - just a gay teen guy looking for a boyfriend. I don't think I have actually read a YA book like that and I liked it a lot. Sam, Landon (the ex) and Meg were really good friends and I loved their little group dynamic. There was some tension between Sam and Landon as they are exes but I think it was handled well. I love the touch of magic in the story with the love spell. I am always a sucker for a little of the unexplained. I will say that I had a favorite guy in Sam's life and hoped he would end up with him. And he did :) I think he did learn and grow with each experience he had with the other guys though. At that age that is all you can hope really. There were times when Sam had some overlapping with the guys but it wasn't cheating per se but it wasn't super honest with the guys. I wasn't super bothered because of his age and finally exploring his options. I think he learned from it by the end which is always a good thing. Overall I thought the book lived up to the cuteness of that cover. It was quick, cute and a story I really enjoyed.

I was given an e-ARC of this by the lovely people at First to Read. Sadly I'm giving up on this one. I've tried since I got it, but I just can't get more than 40 pages into it. This one just wasn't for me. I really hoped to have a cute read, but the main character was just so shallow and the writing didn't click. I know you have to read to see the character development, and I love a shallow to depth character arc, I just couldn't with this one. I'd liked to say if I was younger I would have liked this, but no. I do agree with the person that said if the characters were aged up to college and the context could be a bit more mature, then maybe it would have been more intriguing

This book is a cover buy. It's so dang cute you bring it home, open it up and start reading and think what did I do? YA books are great because they have a ting of syrup in them. This one did not. Meg is not nice. I'm glad to see more books explore LGBT story lines.

A Penguin First to Read ARC e-book in exchange for an honest review. Cover love! The cover got my attention and the synopsis made me think it would be a cute quick read. I liked the witty banter that the narrator had with the reader, and there were a few scenes that seemed genuine and caught my attention. Overall though, the characters were just whiny dramatic kids. The initial romance was too quick to start and too quick to fizzle out. Maybe I just don’t remember what it was like to be a teenager that’s love struck or maybe that type of behavior just is not real and totally an over dramatic stereotype, but you do get caught up in it even if you want to punch some of the characters. I really wanted to love it but it was just a strong like. It was a quick easy read and entertaining. Maybe it would have been better if the characters were college aged and the author could add more maturity into the character development and less vapid behavior.

I gave up on this one less than halfway through. It was a cute premise, but nothing drew me in about any of the characters. (Meg was particularly annoying.) Nice idea, but really not for me unfortunately.

I received an e-ARC of this book from Penguin's First to Read. A light, fluffy contemporary book is exactly what I need in between all of the fantasy books I read. This was a 3.5 star read for me. The only reason it did not rate higher was because I really, really disliked the character, Meg. She seemed so immature, even for a high school student. I also didn't like that she was basically pushing her beliefs on her friends. I am very open-minded when it comes to religion and beliefs, but I don't think it is ever right to push your own beliefs onto other people. It really irks me when I see or hear of people doing that. Anyway, I loved the MC, Sam. I really enjoyed seeing him date these completely different characters! I was totally rooting for the bad boy, but let's be real, we all know how that would have ended up. :) I like the way the story ended, though. I was happy with the results of Sam's search for love and also self-love. Overall, it was the cute, fluffy read I needed!

I got an electronic ARC of “Perfect 10” through First to Read. The cover caught my eye and the promise of a hint of magic. Initially, the voice didn’t pull me in. Something about seemed flat, though I can’t quite pin point what it was. I’m not sure where, exactly, but somewhere along the line, that changed. I had to finish the book before I went to sleep. The romantic and sexual tension, the teenage drama, and the strong friendships made this book magical more so than the hint of actual magic. This may not have been the most thought provoking as the last book I read, but it certainly made me feel something, more so than the books that make me think. That feeling, and my inability to put it down, make worth five stars.

First off, the cover of this book is to-die-for so cudos to that! Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with an egalley in exchange for review. I was really looking forward to loving this book. Everything about it seemed lovely. I feel like Perfect Ten had a lot of potential. But, unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. It was stereotypical and the characters were one-dimensional.

I wrote a full review of this book here: I really wanted to like this book, but that was not the destiny the Goddess selected for me. I loved the gay representation, but that was about it. I found the characters really one-dimensional and annoying; Sam especially was intolerable. I definitely feel like I got more than enough makeout scenes, but not enough time actually learning about characters like Gus, Travis, Meg - even Landon. The plot also tended to be repetitive to the point of being excessive, which may be an occupational hazard of there being ~4 love interests. I also thought the friendships were super unrealistic, even unhealthy, and was uncomfortable with there being some amount of slut shaming. The cover of this is totally adorable, and I'm so glad this can be added to the ranks of YA books with LGBT+ rep...but it just wasn't for me. I gave it 1.25/5 stars.

This synopsis of The Perfect Ten sounded adorable, and I was excited to start reading. However, I felt the actual book left a lot to be desired. The characteristics Sam bases his "relationship spell" upon are incredibly shallow. In fact, most of the characters come across that way. Overall, I found myself struggling to finish the book. Characterization was very one-dimensional and I didn't find them to be all that likable. Sadly, this will not be a book that I recommend to friends or fellow readers.

I was super excited about this book when I first heard about it and I could not wait to read it. I also really love the cover, I think it is really cute. With that being said the story left a lot to be desired. All the characters were annoying and seemed very shallow. Then the romance part of it was dull too. All the guys that Sam was with I felt like I ever really got to know any of them and I could care less who he ended up with at the end. I was very disappointed in this book.

I want to start off by saying that I tend to like contemporary novels in general including ones that follow LGBT romances. I tend to enjoy coming of age stories and reading about first loves. Going into this book I wasn't sure what I'd think. To be honest, the cover threw me off a little. I feel like, even after reading the book, I don't really understand the cover and it does nothing to entice me into reading it. I probably would not have picked up this book based on the cover although I have a tendency to buy books because of their covers. All of that being said though, I'm really glad I was able to get a copy of this book and read it because I really ended up liking the story. It took me a little bit to get into the story because I had a hard time accepting the "love spell" aspect of it but I feel like the author was able to make me forget about that completely. It really made me think twice about some of my first dates/experiences with love and some of the stupid things I've done regarding dating as a teenager. I feel like the character experiences and feels things many of us have while growing up and learning what you want in a partner. I feel like the story had good character development. In the end, I felt like the story was surprisingly deep and made me sit back and think about situations I had gone through growing up and stupid relationships I had and look at them in a totally different way. I may even go so far as to say I don't regret some of the dumb things I may have done in my past regarding relationships because of the perspective in which I now see them after reading this book. I feel like for the most part it was written well and I had a lot of fun reading it. All in all I gave this book a 3.75/5. You can watch my review here: and I haul the book in this video here:

I thought it was a cute romance but a little stereotypical. I think it would be cute for anyone look for a quick and fun romance read.

If you had your choice of ten qualities that comprised your significant other, what would you pick? In L. Philips's Perfect Ten, Sam makes a list of the ten qualities he'd like in a boyfriend, but do they live up to his expectations in reality? Sam has had a romantic dry spell for the two years after breaking up with his then-boyfriend and now-friend Landon. His other friend Meg, convinced her Wiccan knowledge can help bring ideal guys to Sam, asks him to come up with a list of ten desired qualities for a spell. Once the spell has been cast, it not only rains, but pours. It seems as if there are loads of guys, previously undiscovered, to potentially fit the Perfect Ten, which leaves Sam juggling his attraction to and feelings for them as he sorts out who best fits his list and who he wants to be with. The premise of this story was quite intriguing, but it was difficult to believe that the characters were supposed to be real because they seemed so exaggerated in their qualities to the point of merely being constructed characters and not actual people, not to mention that some of the actions they were taking were rather unrealistic. There was a moment in the narrative that I was worried would be how the story ended as it was horribly clichéd, but fortunately it didn't stick to that particular route and deviated to a mildly different, more rewarding one. But in putting these aspects aside, this is a fairly entertaining, yet standard, story of not realizing what you have and actually want until you've lost it, with added teenage drama and some enjoyable witty banter for additional flair. Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

I honestly wasn't impressed at all. I couldn't even stomach to finish it. It was one big gay stereotype from page one and I almost found it offensive. I expected better.


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