Day’s YA: PERFECT ON PAPER

Another charming YA rom-com from the author of the “addicting coming-of-age gay romance,”* ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED.

PERFECT ON PAPER by Sophie Gonzales
9781250769787
Available March 9, 2021 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13-18
E-galley available on Edelweiss and NetGalley

Darcy Phillips has a secret. Well . . . a couple of them.
1. She’s the one running Locker 89—an anonymous relationship advice service where her fellow students put their letters and payment in an empty locker and Darcy emails them back with her advice.
2. She’s hopelessly in love with her best friend, Brooke, who is hopelessly in love with someone else.
3. She hasn’t always used her Locker 89 powers for good…

When Alexander Brougham (snobby, annoying, super hot thorn in Darcy’s side) discovers her collecting the letters from Locker 89, he agrees to keep her identity a secret . . . on one condition: she helps him get his ex-girlfriend back. She can’t risk her identity getting out, or Brooke will find out Darcy may have given her some questionable advice via the locker and might never speak to her again. Thus begins Darcy’s biggest and most lucrative partnership yet. Brougham pays her a generous rate and keeps her secret, and Darcy is available at his beck and call to give him dating advice. What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, a lot.

This delightful rom-com is packed to the gills with heart, charm, authenticity, and laugh-out-loud hilarity. It is unapologetically queer, with a wide array of queer representation among the endearing cast of characters, including a bisexual main character who is grappling with her own internalized biphobia. The teens are genuine and flawed (Darcy is a mess, y’all), but in a way that makes them oh so lovable. And the romance is perfectly awkward in that teenage first-love kind of way. *chef’s kiss*

Hand this to fans of any of the following: JACK OF HEARTS (AND OTHER PARTS) by L.C. Rosen, LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli, Netflix’s Sex Education, and TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord.


“A highly inclusive read with many characters identifying as LGBTQ+, this delightful foray into the world of high school relationships is a fantastic read for romance fans.”
School Library Journal

*Kirkus Reviews

Happy reading!
<3 Emily

P.S. You can find all of our 2021 Books for Teens here and the Day’s YA archives here.

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