Perfect Ten by L. Philips
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
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. But 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 13th.
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.
Perfect Ten by L. Philips is a young adult contemporary novel about a boy who uses a love spell to find the perfect guy after seeing his ex-boyfriend move on to someone else. I had so much fun reading this one. I connected with the main character more so than any others; especially when it came to his boy troubles.
I thought the plot flowed nicely and was exceedingly fast paced. If you can get past the “magic” aspect which I thought was cute; the heart of the story is about love, loss and moving on. Perfect Ten was realistic in it’s portrayals of gay relationships, at least ones that I’ve had in the past. There was a ton of instant infatuation which I thought was very true to real life nowadays!
Philips was able to bring to life these characters for me. Sam is going through some self discovery. After seeing that his ex-boyfriend and best friend, Landon, seems to have moved on, he feels it’s time he did as well. He creates a list of ten things he believes would make the perfect guy and casts a love spell. Soon guys start coming out of the woodwork and Sam thinks it’s because of the spell. I believe it was just a coincidence and Sam was finally just opening himself up again to dating again.
Sam goes through a lot of self discovery in Perfect Ten. There is no such thing as the perfect guy, and he soon discovers that. Everyone has their flaws and to be realistic you have to accept that. Like Rupaul says, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love someone else.” I think that speaks so true to this novel.
If you’re looking for a realistic, sometimes cute, sometimes messy coming of age story of gay youth, then I highly suggest picking this one up!
Let me know what you guys thought of Perfect Ten by L. Philips! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
The pen name for Laura Wettersten who lives in Ohio with her wonderful husband, their adorable baby son, and their two neurotic dogs. She has degrees in both music education and library science, and when she’s not writing or teaching she enjoys directing middle school musicals, dancing awkwardly around her kitchen, and watching WIPEOUT and 30 ROCK reruns. Her debut novel, MY FAIRE LADY, releases from Simon & Schuster BFYR in 2014.