Like in May where I wanted to spotlight middle grade books, in June I want to spotlight LGBTQ+ books. Starting off the month, I’m going to spotlight Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales. I absolutely love Only Mostly Devastated and I’m very excited to read this one during June. Perfect on Paper features a bisexual main character and the story deals with biphobia and bi-erasure.
The author answered a question on Goodreads and gave this answer:
The main character is bisexual, as is stated in the summary. She has feelings for her best friend, and ends up with a guy. The story explores how biphobia and bi-erasure impact a bisexual person if they end up in a different gender relationship. It is not a straight relationship, because the people within the relationship are not both straight. It’s a m/f relationship. The main character is LGBT and it covers multiple LGBT topics. It can’t get much more LGBT than that.
In Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back
Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.
However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.
Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.
Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sophie Gonzales writes young adult queer contemporary fiction with memorable characters, biting wit and endless heart.
She is the author of THE LAW OF INERTIA, ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED and PERFECT ON PAPER. IF THIS GETS (co-written with Cale Dietrich) is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from Wednesday Books / Macmillan.
When she isn’t writing, Sophie can be found ice skating, performing in musical theatre, and practicing the piano. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia where she works as a psychologist.
She is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.