Planning Perfect by Haley Neil
First off, thanks to Bloombsury for sending me a copy of this YA book. I really enjoyed this one and gave it four stars. Here are some reasons that I liked Planning Perfect and think you should read it too:
1. The main character’s name is Felicity Becker.
Okay, this is very particular to me, but I love that the MC has my last name!
2. It deals with party planning.
Felicity’s mom gets engaged and she decides to plan a wonderful wedding, since planning events is kind of her thing. I love planning parties myself, and it’s fun to read about other people coming up with ideas too like the food and which dress to wear.
3. All the Diverse Rep
Felicity is Jewish and it’s something that is mentioned throughout. Also, her two best friends are both queer.
4. Asexual Rep
Yes, this could have gone under number 3, but I think it deserves its own point. I don’t read tons of books about people on the asexual spectrum, and that’s not because I don’t want to! I definitely think there needs to be more asexual rep and its many layers, because it’s not black and white. Felicity says she’s on the asexual spectrum and I loved her trying to figure out how she likes Nancy, and what that means. As someone who personally identifies as demisexual, I thought this was handled really well, and I think it’s something that should be in more YA books when people are thinking about their sexuality. Characters like Felicity can make people – of an age- feel less alone or like there is something wrong with them.
5. Family Relationships
I loved Felicity’s relationship with her mom and stepdad. It’s not perfect, and they all learn a lot throughout the book, but it just felt so realistic!
Have you read this? Do you want to?