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Perfectly Messy

by Lizzy Charles

Release Date: May 2014

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Summary from Goodreads:

Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


When I started this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect because I hadn’t gotten a chance to read the first book in the series yet.  This book focuses on Lucy and Justin’s story.  Lucy and Justin are finally together, and things are going wonderfully. . . mostly.  Lucy finally gets to meet Justin’s family, only to get written off as a “special friend” by Justin’s father when some big wig reality T.V. show guy comes around.  There were a lot of things that could have been avoided in this story if better communication, time management, and judgment had been used.  Stuff went down in this book that made me feel so bad for Lucy.  I liked how Lucy was able to, mostly, deal with her problems.  There were moments in this book where I was like, “NO!!!!” but of course, book characters never listen and their actions come back to bite them.   I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to get to read the first book in the series.

Some quotes that I really liked were:

“Be the guy you want to be.  Not the guy everyone else wants, okay?”

“Easier paths are usually the wrong ones. . .”

“It’s difficult when the world is whispering lies in our ears, isn’t it?”

“I don’t care.  I’ve got what matters.  You can’t take that away.”

“You know better than anyone—it’s scary to be yourself.”

“Fight fiercely for what you want.”

“Perfect doesn’t mean right.”

“Live with your heart, not your head.”

I would highly recommend this book!



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About the Author

lizzy charles

When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

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