Monday, 12 May 2014
Review: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas
I have had these books on my wish list for a while, so when I saw Picture Perfect was free on amazon I knew it was a sign telling me I HAD to get it, and with one click I had it ready and waiting, and it didn't really have to wait that long as I dropped everything to read this.
Within two chapters of Picture Perfect my heart was breaking for Cat, going from someone who thinks she has it all, boyfriend, great friends, fantastic body, and a modelling job, to someone who's boyfriend isn't interested, friends who don't act as friendly, and a body she doesn't think of as amazing.
I struggle with my own body image, I have done sine I was in senior school and someone made one little comment to me, from then on I only ever saw myself as fat. Looking back at photos I can't believe how skinny I really was, not stick thin skinny, just normal skinny for my age, but that comment devastated me, and even to this day I refuse to wear clothes that are too tight, I don't wear skirts or dresses in case they show off my fat parts. It's demoralising and ridiculous how much that comment affected me, and seeing how Cat struggles with new new body size was something I could easily relate to and empathise with. She is full of self doubt and it is clearly portrayed in the pages. We see her struggling ever day to try to live in this new body and make the most of it. While she has a great friend in Joey, who is so supportive and caring towards Cat, it doesn't help Cat think differently. Joey quickly steps in to help her friend in need, and takes her to speak to someone. But these meeting only help Cat slightly and it takes something drastic for Cat to really see the truth. Cat is a character I can see myself in, and this it what makes her unique for me, it's very rare that I can find a character that appeals to me on a deeper level, someone who I can easily relate to (minus the modelling part, obviously).
I love how supportive Joey is towards Cat and how she tries to make her see sense in the reality of the situation, and not the reality Cat sees. She is what a best friend ought to be like.
Nate.....what can I say about him. I love the connection they have from the past, and how he fumbles his words when he speaks to Cat. I love how he is persistent in showing his feelings towards Cat, and almost makes her see herself in a new light. I do have some issues with how much she actually relied on him to make herself feel better and more confident, and while the relationship isn't necessary a bad one, I do think Cat should have taken a step back to really evaluate herself and use Nathan less as a crutch, and more as a person.
Picture perfect was a great read and a real eye opening one too. I ended up staying up till 2.30am to finish this book, and it was definitely worth the lack of sleep. Seeing how Cat tried to overcome her self doubt and self confidence issues was a slow process. Yes there were times when she seemed to find her strength again, but a lot of it did revolve around Nate, and I know he is being supportive and encouraging for her, he just needed to take a step back. However when a secret from the past comes back to haunt them, Cat is shocked and hurt, and THIS is the force that drives her, it makes her SEE what an amazing person she really is, what she is really capable of and basically kicks her up the butt and makes her do something about her confidence, or lack of. What Cat creates from this shocking past sounded absolutely amazing and I would have loved to have seen some of her creations, the only question I have after finishing Picture Perfect is did she win? :)