Reviewed by: Sandra
Rating: 4 stars
Review: For Cassie, watching her mother struggle with the big-C was unbearable. How could a young teen deal with that? The only way she could quench the pain was through a blade to her wrist. So when her mother finally died, she died too, which was why she was sent to a psychiatric facility. Now she’s trying to get her life back together. Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially when you’re treated like the school’s pariah, which is all fine since Cassie just wants to be left alone. Then comes Nathan, the brooding guy with the storm-gray eyes who doesn’t talk or pity her; he’s just….there.
There was something interesting about Nathan, but could the rumors about his violent streak be true? Still, a guy who’d be willing to take a punch for a smile can’t be all that bad, right? “Nathan was a mystery. An intriguing, unnerving, alluring mystery.” (64)
Readers will be able to relate to Cassie’s sad and detrimental state as she battles with gut-wrenching guilt and struggles to survive in any way possible. Agony and overwhelming grief are dreary yet instrumental elements, which are repeated often in the book. It may seem tiresome, but it begs the question: can she go on without the love and guidance of her mother? And Nathan, a “bad boy” with his own problems, seems to provoke something in her—feeling, laughter, life. Two people at a loss, two people in pain, find a way to breathe and find comfort. Nathan and Cassie just understand each other. Of course, readers will be pleased when Cassie starts to come alive again.
“No matter what happens in your life, there’s always a choice. Always.” (239)
Heartfelt and well-written, Hopelessly Imperfect is a wonderful tale of love, sorrow, and healing.