The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton – Review

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.jpgSummary:

YOU’VE NEVER READ A LOVE STORY AS TWISTED AS THIS.

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Review: 3.5 Stars

I had a review copy of this novel for a while, but lately I have been on more of a fantasy kick. After reading My Lovely Wife and reviewing it a few friends of mine recommended that I check out The Perfect Girlfriend. After reading several rave reviews I knew that I had to see what all the hype was about. The Perfect Girlfriend is quite the page turner. The level of obsession that Juliette has for Nate seems absolutely insane, but stalkers and jilted exes are a bigger reality than the subjects of most thriller novels.

Juliette’s real name is Elizabeth, but after the break up with Nate she decided to completely re-invent herself, which included going by her middle name. The interesting thing about this novel is that parts of it are so relatable. A lot of women dye their hair after a break up, but not many go so far as to change their whole life. The obsessive ex or significant other is such a common reality in modern life that there are funny names for it like “stage 5 clinger” and that is what Juliette is. Controlling or obsessive relationships are common and the internet takes out some of the scary ideals of what stalking looks lie, giving someone access to track someone via social media without physically following that person. The terrifying thing about this book is that it feels so relatable as “love” makes people crazy, both on the page and in real life.

The plot kept me turning the pages as the story was paced well even though it wasn’t action packed. At first I found myself absolutely astonished that someone would go to the lengths that Juliette did, but later I found myself relating to this character who I had deemed absolutely nuts. The character development wasn’t amazing, but the fact that I could relate to a character so unlike myself deserves some recognition. The writing helped humanize the crazy ex girlfriend stereotype that no one wants to admit they could ever become.

The Perfect Girlfriend was a story about obsession that is terrifying because of how close to home it hits. Juliette was written so well that she was actually relatable even though she came off like a complete psychopath. The plot kept me turning the pages, but t was also filled with a lot of unnecessary dialogue and bland work scenes. I did enjoy reading this psychological thriller, but it didn’t completely blow me away.

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