Jesse learned early not to trust a soul, but what if he was her soulmate? Senior year of high school should be about friendship, boyfriends, and graduation, but for seventeen-year-old Jesse Barnes it's about escaping the shame of life with an alcoholic mother. Jesse's goals are clear: keep a roof over her head, avoid the revolving door of leering men her mother brings home, graduate from high school, and do everything possible to keep her home life secret. Friends, boyfriends: not an option. Who would understand? Then perfect, popular Derek Aames sits with Jesse at lunch. How can she discourage him? How can she keep him from intruding on her life and discovering her secret? And most of all, how can she keep him out of her heart? Will his persistence finally break down her walls, or just break her?
Which brings me to Derek, the knight in shining armor who swoops in to 'save' Jesse. While I appreciated their sweet romance, I would have loved to have had more insight into Derek's motivation. It seems he could have had any girl, certainly one with less baggage, so what drew him to Jesse? Was it simply the need to 'fix' her? Having this information might have helped me connect more fully with him as a character.
All in all, Seeking Perfect was a quick, enjoyable read with a sweet romance and satisfying ending. Would recommend to readers who enjoy issue-driven YA.