I received a copy from The Bookshelf in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Future Perfect
Author: Jen Larsen
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.
Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.
As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?
Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.
Future Perfect is definitely a book with some “All About That Bass” vibes. It is extremely positive with an amazing message and a main character who is very intelligent and brave. However, I really disliked the grandmother in Future Perfect, who bribes her own granddaughter.
Future Perfect is such an influential book about body image! I found this book to very very positive, despite the fact that the main character’s grandmother is unkind towards her. The whole point of the book is that, “It’s the size of your heart that counts.” I loved this message and I’m sure others will find it very inspirational.
I loved Ashley as a main character for Future Perfect. She embraces the fact that she is considered overweight by others and doesn’t give in to bullying. Ashley is also extremely smart, and applies to Harvard. When Ashley’s own grandmother bribes her with things like cars to lose weight, Ashley doesn’t give in or let it get to her. I really admired this about her, because a lot of YA books have weak characters that give in to harassment, which can be a bit irritating. Characters that are strong really make books relatable and enjoyable to read.
Though I did enjoy the positive message and plucky main character, I really disliked Ashley’s grandmother. It is not okay to bribe your own granddaughter to lose weight, especially when she rejects the offers many times. Because of this cruel character, Future Perfect wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been. It was a disappointing aspect of this story that really did not sit well with me.
Future Perfect is so encouraging with its motivational message and a main character that is very confident about her body. However, the grandmother in this book aggravated me and brought down my rating of the book. I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for an uplifting novel about body image.