Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.
Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.
Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.
You Asked for Perfect is one of the most genuine books I have ever read. The book came across my attention one day through my feed and I just could not keep scrolling. I had to learn more about this story. Once I gone through the synopsis and reviews, I knew I had to give this story a read. I have been on the lookout for more LGBT books to read, and this was one of the books I have been looking for.
Along with Ariel, most of his friends are well diverse. There’s bisexual/gay/lesbian representation, along with Muslim and Jewish representation as well. Ariel’s parents take their Jewish religion pretty seriously so there’s a ton of representation in this book that I do not usually see in many other books. Ariel and his family go through church, prayers, holidays and more that are frequently mentioned. Through all of this representation, it was crucial to see it all for Ariel and his story. (Don’t forget about the matzo ball soup!)
In You Asked for Perfect, Ariel deals with the stress of school and obtaining that “perfect” student image. Ariel wants to apply for Harvard in which we all is a prestigious university to go to. Ariel experiences some hardships in Calculus, in which leads him to get extra help from Amir, something he does not want everyone to know, per his “perfect” student image. Along with trying to obtain the image, this also is dealt with many of his relationships.
The relationships in the story were my favorite parts, especially Amir & Ariel’s relationship. Their relationship was cute and adorable, I could not get over the crucial and important moments for them. Just seeing their relationship form was the best part of it all. Seeing their relationship have shown me that single moments, no matter how small, are important to have, along with having endless Harry Potter references as well. I will never get over Harry Potter references and there will never be enough of them. Also, the ending pretty much gave me actual teary eyes and that NEVER happens to me. So that has to mean something.
Ariel’s friendships had gone through so much development as well. Between Sook, Rasha, Masha, Pari, and his sister Rachel, you can see his relationship is different between each of them. They have also shown Ariel that he wasn’t the only one dealing with stress with school and life. When they come together, after all their ups and downs, to show support of one another, it really means something for everyone.
Through numerous reviews, I have seen the term “relatable” come around a lot. While I definitely see how it can be relatable, I can only understand Ariel’s struggles with giant workloads. I was never in any higher classes (I actually refused it when offered, but hey, that decision ultimately lead me to my love of reading, so give me a break here.), but I remember having times when seeing the ton of work I have to do. I have pulled an all-nighter once or twice, and that was never fun. Also, I had to laugh when a teacher said that they were preparing Ariel for college. That is mostly never true.
If you can relate to having workloads of assignments, then you’ll definitely relate to You Asked for Perfect. I believe this one of the best use of relationships I have ever seen. It was made to be sure that it was crucial to the overall story being told. There are a ton of special moments that make this book special in its own right. Everyone should definitely give this book a read. I, for one, am definitely glad I did.