When I found Perfect Timing, I was sure I’d enjoy it. The plot and cover drew me in, and even though, at teen/young adult genre it is a little young for me now – I still wanted to give it a go, as a little light-hearted reading is exactly what I need to get through the huge stack of work and revision I need to do this Easter break.
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Tori Wright (an expert in relationships having read hundreds of self-help books as her Mum writes an advice blog for people who are post-divorce), decides the best way to get over him is to get a job and avoid him until he comes back to her. But the job she gets isn’t like any ordinary job… as is the way with most things in LA (so I’m told!), her job involves running errands and delivering items to the biggest celebrities in Hollywood. Then, after a misunderstanding lands her to spend the night in jail, Tori has just one night to clear her name, save her actress hero from the paparazzi and find Adam, her co-worker who is rapidly stealing her heart….
All sounds very dramatic doesn’t it? I did enjoy the book, but it seemed far too short to actually tell the story properly. The first half was told well, but the second half, with more action and drama, finishing the plot if you like, was rushed so much that it didn’t seem to do the book justice. I didn’t feel as though the plot had unfolded as it was supposed to. Whether or not this was due to the author’s restrictions in page numbers, I felt that this effected the quality of the book.
On the other hand, I appreciated the angle of feminism and self-development that Robyn Mellom executed in Perfect Timing, as often this is heavily neglected in books aimed at teenagers. For example, Tori being anti the stereotypical girl going through a break-up, not being a fan of the ‘movie’ culture of eating your feelings and drowning your sorrows in alcohol. The book also remained focused to Tori and her aspirations, and I was glad that foremost the ending resulted in her achieving her dream.
I was disappointed though, with the development of many of the characters within the novel. We were introduced to Tori’s best friend, Shannon at the beginning of the novel, but by the halfway point she had more or less disappeared from Tori’s life. Similarly Adam, Tori’s new work colleague was introduced, and I felt like we had hardly got to know him – and it seemed as though Tori was quite attached and almost deeply in love with him when we’d only had one moment of them together. I felt their relationship needed more time to build up to make it more believable.
Overall, I rate this book 6/10. I enjoyed it and would recommend for a short plane ride/long drive as it is simple, easy to read and quite funny in part but if you are reading it as a boredom-cure or to distract yourself from work or revision, like myself, I would opt for something with a bit more depth or at least a better developed plot.