Perfect Timing – Robin Mellom
Published: 3-1-2015 by CreateSpace
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After a break-up with her boyfriend, Tori Wright decides to get her mind off the guy and takes a job running errands for an eccentric couple. Suddenly she finds herself involved in the crazy world of LA nightlife–nightclubs, palm readers, movie stars, and a roving pack of paparazzi. After a misunderstanding lands her in jail, she has one night to clear her name, help a movie starlet avoid the paparazzi, and find Adam…the coworker who is quickly stealing her heart.
As she makes decisions that can change the course of her life, Tori discovers just how far she’ll go to set the record straight.
But is she too late?
Design – ?
What I like about this cover is the balance between what’s in the light and what’s in shadow. I love how you can see the characters, but nothing too specific about them physically. They’re kind of on the border between light and dark, which is sort of like Tori and Adam because they only know each other at their nighttime job, but not much about their day to day lives. The color scheme is nice, but the text is really large and I wish the radial gradient effect on the title was more subtle.
Perfect Timing is another great YA romance from Robin Mellom, author of Ditched (now known as Perfect Kiss). Both have strong girls in zany situations telling the story of their crush. Perfect Timing is the tale of Tori’s unconventional job, her crush on her coworker, and how she ended up in juvie. Tori and Adam are both dealing with recent breakups, but bond over their job’s strange requirements.
- Tori – I love Tori’s confidence in all situations. Whether she’s in juvie, in a club, or in a one-hopper bathroom with a tabloid star, Tori doesn’t freak out easily. She barely bats an eye at having a job that requires her to travel around LA at night. Tori is self-confident throughout all the crazy things she experiences and that makes her a great character to read about.
- Adam – My favorite thing about Adam is how he really listens to Tori and her ideas. He takes her thoughts about his ex into consideration and values her opinion. Even when Tori and Adam are having casual conversations, Adam listens to everything Tori says, even while navigating LA traffic. Although Tori and Adam are only together for short drives, their friendship seems really genuine.
- plot structure – ‘Plot structure’ sounds so technical but I don’t know how else to say it. Like in Ditched, this story is framed by present Tori relating a story of how she ended up in jail by going through the events that led to her job and arrest. Tori’s recollections are broken up by prison-intake forms that narrate what she’s doing presently while she tells an officer her story. While I don’t think the flashback kind of story works as well for Perfect Timing as it does for Ditched (now known as Perfect Kiss), it’s a storytelling strategy that I really enjoy.
- Tori’s BFF – At the beginning of the story, Tori is dealing with a fresh breakup with her best friend, who has also just been dumped. Although they are dealing with similar situations, Tori’s friend is introduced and then just forgotten. As soon as the girls go to this friend’s house, Tori is looking for her older brother instead of wanting to hang out with her friend. So this girl, who is so inconsequential that I don’t remember her name, is basically replaced by her own brother as Tori’s best friend. I don’t understand why this character was introduced if she was only going to be in a chapter or two.
- short – I’m not sure if this book is short or just feels that way, but it doesn’t feel long enough to really develop a story and a relationship between Tori and Adam. Things seem to happen very quickly with little down time in between events and I just want more get-to-know-you time.
“I’m watching the way he looks at you.”
“How is he looking at me?” I ask into his shoulder.
Taylor watches for a few more seconds. “Huh. He’s trying not to look at you, but…he can’t help himself.” He adds under his breath, “God, that’s cute.”
– Taylor + Tori Loc. 1791
“Here.” He flips his phone to show me the screen – it’s an address. “It’s on Sepulveda Boulevard. Stellar Insights Psychic reader. Five minutes and we’re there.” He cranks up the Jeep and backs out of the parking lot – a heart-melting smile on his face.
I breathe him in and try to focus. Adam isn’t self-absorbed – he’s downright awesome. “You’re taking me to a psychic reader…now?”
– Adam + Tori Loc. 2081
Acquired: Netgalley (ebook)