One Minute Book Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

one minute book review-chasingperfect by susan mallery

The Summary:

Charity has always wanted to live in a small town like Fools’ Gold, but she makes a big mess of her life when she meets local golden boy Josh Golden. Is she going to fall for the wrong guy yet again? And how will she clean up the mess she’s made of her life?

What I liked:

Susan Mallery did a great job writing some steamy sex scenes, and there were a few awesome turns of phrase at the beginning of the book.

What I didn’t like:

Oh man. I wanted to like this one guys, I really did, and I really tried. I almost didn’t finish it, except it’s very rare when I can’t finish a book. But this book dragged on. Here’s a short list of some of the things I didn’t like:

  • I predicted every single twist except one, and even that twist felt very contrived.
  • There was no plot. And I’m not a big plot person, I’m not overly concerned with plot if the writing is tight, and the characters are great. But in this one having a plot, or having some kind of idea where the plot was going would have been great.
  • Every twist felt like something the writer had thrown in to add drama. None of it felt natural, and like it should happen.
  • The writing was very repetitive.
  • The dialog was unnatural and stilted.

I could go on, but I would be going on all day, and then it wouldn’t be my customary one minute book review. At the beginning of the book Ms. Mallery harkened back to The Gilmore Girls (one of my favorite shows of all time), and that’s what I felt this was trying to emulate, in a very pale and insubstantial way. There was a way to make this story work, and make it wonderful, but it was not attacked in this way. I found myself wishing it would just end already.


I’m not sure who I would recommend this to. It just wasn’t good enough to be a book I would recommend, so, no, I don’t think I would recommend this book. It just wasn’t strong enough.


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