"...it is delightful
to trace the twists and turns of the plot. ...The author maintains a
fast pace and brings off natural-sounding dialogue; overall, this novel
is good entertainment."
to plot and character development have produced a believable story
punctuated by humorously realistic characters."
--The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon
"YAs will enjoy this
--KLIATT (Young Adult paperback book Guide)
under “Romantic Comedies” in More
Rip-Roaring Reads for Reluctant Teen Readers:
D. Ammon, Gale W. Sherman, which features
“40 ‘spellbinding’ books for middle school and high school
students,” [Jana R. Fine,
Clearwater Public Library System, FL]
should spark page-turning interest.” [Curriculum Review]
love this book!…"
review by chick box,
Herrick continually proves that she is a writer who is in touch with
young adults. The Perfect Guy is a great example of her wonderful
writing skill. In this story, Herrick explores the feelings of a teenage
girl who thinks she knows exactly what she wants and needs. Her
experiences will include love, a heart break of the cruelest kind, and
then a surprising joy.
Herrick writes with truth and honesty that is so
appealing. Teenage girls will not want to put this story down."
deals very well with the roller coaster of emotions in teenage
relationships and even provides some effective solutions to overcome
some common hurdles. I would feel quite comfortable giving this book to
my daughter to read and The Perfect Guy could lead to some very
interesting discussions between the two of us. Definitely something to
consider you mothers out there! "
Overall rating: 4.5
"...This is a good
teen read, addressing major teen issues. Rebecca's point of view is well
maintained, with layers the reader can appreciate, and the writing is
clear, fun, and shows a good sense of humor.
Good for a fun weekend read."
Upon a Time
"...I loved the stubborn somewhat naďve Rebecca,
…friend and confidante Celeste, and the dynamics between the two
characters throughout the story. I also liked the underlying message
that sometimes perfect isn’t what you first imagined."
Tami Brady, TCM Reviews
5 cups "Ultra Rare
really enjoyed this book. This story shares everything, from learning to
accept living with new parents, to the joys and disasters of falling in
love, to having your heart broken. It shows sometimes what we want is
really not what is standing in front of us. A coming of age story that
will be loved not only by the young adult but all generations.
…This book allowed you to feel the emotion that was springing in
Rebecca all throughout the book. It is definitely a keeper, and Ms.
Herrick is a most gifted writer. I look forward to reading more of her
ends up with whom? You must read The Perfect Guy to find out...
romance novel is a tender and innocent look at teenage relationships.
Early on in the story, I predicted the ending. However, in the spirit of
fairness, I thought it wise to turn the book and the rest of this review
over to my daughter, a member of the target audience:
as ancient or as worldly as my mother. I didn't think The Perfect Guy
was at all predictable; I had to keep turning the pages to find out what
would happen next. Though first published in 1989, the story still fits
contemporary times. I could envision the characters walking the halls in
my high school. The friendships were real and the love story was
genuine. The ending took me by surprise; even though the story didn't
end the way I thought it would, I still enjoyed how events came
together. I've already recommended this book to my friends, but they'll
have to get their own copies. I'm keeping mine so I can read it again
E. and Samantha Lukow
would classify THE PERFECT GUY as chick lit for teens. The book is
well written and holds the reader’s interest from beginning to end. I
didn’t see the conclusion coming until it hit me. Ann Herrick offers a
great ending to Rebecca's story! "
"…Can a teenage
girl open her eyes to what is reality and what is fantasy before it is
Herrick did a wonderful job in portraying the feelings that just about
every teenage girl goes through. Rebecca is a fun, lovable character
that has enough optimism to fuel the world."
Adult Romance Writers Review
more complex, three-dimensional character...Ms. Herrick seems to
understand what teen girls like reading..."
Reader at Heart
displays a certain kind of magic. ..the characters make this one a
Rating: 4 ˝ Flames –
a charming coming of age book perfect for girls of all ages.… The
timeless story of innocence and realization of the many meanings of love
appeals to readers of all ages.
book has many twists and turns and provides a relaxing reprieve from
stress and worry. I’d highly recommend this book for girls
twelve to one hundred two.
book earns 4 ˝ for pure charm and good writing. "
for a little romance will enjoy this one."