{Review} Present Perfect by Alison G Bailey

centralpicksbykelly {Review} Present Perfect by Alison G BaileyPresent Perfect by Alison G. Bailey
Series: Perfect #1
August 1, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Pages: 422

Our Rating

4 Stars

I’ve been unsure about many things in my life except for one thing, that I have always loved him. Every single minute of every single day that I have been on this earth, my heart has belonged to him. It has never been a question, never a doubt. The love had taken on many different forms over the years, but it had always been a constant.

Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.

We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.

Amanda Kelly spent her entire life trying to control every aspect of it, while striving for perfection. Her obsession with being perfect, along with her feelings of worthlessness, consumed her. The one thing she thought was perfect in her life was the bond she shared with her best friend, Noah.

Everything was going according to her life plan until she woke up one day and realized she had fallen in love with him. The one thing she couldn’t control was the affect he had on her. Noah had the power to give her one hundred lifetimes of happiness, which also gave him the power to completely devastate her. He was the one thing in her life that was perfect, but she couldn't allow herself to have him.

Her life begins to unravel. Events take over and force her to let go of her dreams and desires. She needs to realize that a person cannot control the events in their life, only their reaction to them...but will it be too late for her to save her relationship with her best friend?

Present Perfect is a story of how past events have present consequences and how perfect your present could be if you stopped fighting and just allowed it to happen.


Born a minute apart, Amanda and Noah have always been in each others lives. They do everything together from diaper changes when they were babies to bike rides at six and first kisses as fourteen. Noah has vowed to always take care and protect Amanda.  What he doesn’t see is her best-friend-feelings turn into more. What he doesn’t do is protect her heart and self confidence when other girls are chasing him in high school.

Although partly her fault due to her low self esteem and feeling that she isn’t good enough for Noah, their friendship is rocky all through high school. Noah eventually mans up and tells Amanda how much he loves her and always has. He tells her its always been her and not the whores he has dated. Amanda  tells him no, they can only be friends.

Whats a boy-turning-a-man supposed to do? He tried several times and she is set on him finding someone better. She even admits to herself that she loves him but can’t have him. The problem is, she won’t let anyone else have him either. So high school becomes a war of  “you hurt me so I’ll hurt you back” by the two going out with different people.

This book was hard to believe when they were going through all the problems in high school, but not enough that I had to stop reading. The plot kept me interested to where I could look past Amanda’s insecurities. I understand low self esteem. I have totally been there. It was especially bad in high school, like Amanda, however I still never turned down a hot guy because I thought he could do better. Maybe I was just selfish, but that’s the guys problem, right? Who am I to deny him the pleasure of my company. 😉 Ok, side note….I had low self esteem in high school but am also extremely narcissistic. Really weird combo, I know.

Moving on, so fifty percent into this book and after a bad night of bad decisions on both Noah and Amanda’s part, they have it out. What really irks me is that Noah just accepts Amanda’s choice and doesn’t fight for her. They move on to college and other people.

This is where I can’t tell you anymore. It gets very emotional from this point on and things start happening that you never saw coming. Suddenly friendships mean more than they ever have. Life has become more important. Time is more important. If you read my reviews you know that I listen to my books while I am at work through Kindle Fire’s text to speak. Today I literally was sucking up snot and gulping knots in my throat trying to hold back the tears. I wanted to be home so bad so I could have a good cry.

I think there is a great lesson in this book if you look behind the words. That lesson is you can’t duplicate love and as the old saying goes, the heart wants what the heart wants. Amanda and Noah wasted sooo much time not being together. If they would have just given into each other …however, then we wouldn’t have this book.

About Alison G. Bailey

Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she would create (write) additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. At the end of 2012 a very talented author friend convinced Alison to go back to writing and see what happens. So she did and fell back in love with it. Present Perfect will be Alison's first self-published book. A few personal facts, Alison loves anything sweet, especially frosting, and is addicted to Diet Pepsi. Alison's philosophy: Don't let your obstacles define you. At times life can get pretty overwhelming, but with a great support system and a lot of humor you can get through them. If you have humor in your life your spirit stays strong and you can tackle anything.

Author: Kelly

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